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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br>&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1914-1940; <br>Clerk Circuit Court Recorder has Court records, marriage records,<br>divorce and land records; Associate Circuit Court has probate<br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Missouri. Page 407 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1914-1940; Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder has court records, marriage records, divorce and land records; Associate Circuit Court has probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Missouri. Page 407 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818--'''Wayne County was created 11 December 1818 from [[Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Genealogy|Cape Girardeau]] County. '''County seat:''' Greenville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1818''' Wayne County was created 11 December 1818 from [[Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Genealogy|Cape Girardeau]] County. '''County seat:''' Greenville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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Few official county records prior to 1893 survive.
 
Few official county records prior to 1893 survive.
  
When the 1893-1926 courthouse was in operation, records were scattered in various offices throughout Greenville because of lack of space. Whether this resulted in loss of some records is uncertain.  
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When the 1893-1926 courthouse was in operation, records were scattered in various offices throughout Greenville because of lack of space. Whether this resulted in loss of some records is uncertain. <br>
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[[Bollinger County, Missouri Genealogy|Bollinger]] {{•}} [[Butler County, Missouri Genealogy|Butler]] {{•}} [[Carter County, Missouri Genealogy|Carter]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Missouri Genealogy|Iron]] {{•}} [[Madison County, Missouri Genealogy|Madison]] {{•}} [[Reynolds County, Missouri Genealogy|Reynolds]] {{•}} [[Stoddard County, Missouri Genealogy|Stoddard]]  
 
[[Bollinger County, Missouri Genealogy|Bollinger]] {{•}} [[Butler County, Missouri Genealogy|Butler]] {{•}} [[Carter County, Missouri Genealogy|Carter]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Missouri Genealogy|Iron]] {{•}} [[Madison County, Missouri Genealogy|Madison]] {{•}} [[Reynolds County, Missouri Genealogy|Reynolds]] {{•}} [[Stoddard County, Missouri Genealogy|Stoddard]]  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
*'''1800-1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
*'''1900-1941''' {{RecordSearch|2576872|Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1900 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|2576872|Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
 
: '''Online Records'''
 
: '''Online Records'''
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932374|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932374|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932408|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932408|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1865475|Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*{{RecordSearch|1865475|Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1750 1988''' {{RecordSearch|2399107|Missouri Probate Records 1750-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1750 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|2399107|Missouri Probate Records 1750-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1766 - 1988''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9071 Missouri Wills and Probate Records 1766-1988] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1766 - 1988''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9071 Missouri Wills and Probate Records 1766-1988] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
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===== '''''Births'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Births'''''  =====
  
*1827 - 1935 {{RecordSearch|1680833|Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1827 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1680833|Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
*1851 - 1910 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1170 Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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*'''1851 - 1910''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1170 Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
  
*'''1800-1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1750 - 1920''' {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
*'''1750-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1805-2002''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1171 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] $
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*'''1805 - 2002''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1171 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] $
 
*'''1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2094 Missouri Marriages to 1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2094 Missouri Marriages to 1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
  
*1867 - 1976 {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1834 - 1910''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1172 Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $  
*1834 - 1910 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1172 Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $  
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*'''1867 - 1976''' {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
 
*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  
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==== Historical Society ====
 
==== Historical Society ====
  
*Wayne County Historical Society,<br> Route 1, Box 1117,<br> Piedmont, MO 63957;<br> Phone: (573) 223-7130
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*Wayne County Historical Society<br> Route 1, Box 1117<br> Piedmont, MO 63957<br> Phone: 573-223-7130
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:wayne+county/ Missouri Digital Heritage]  
 
| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:wayne+county/ Missouri Digital Heritage]  
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| digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
 
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=wayne+county%2C+missouri&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]  
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| width="30%" | [http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ Allen County Public Library]  
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| width="70%" | Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Wayne Missouri" and search catalog.
 
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Guide to Wayne County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Wayne County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 11, 1818
County Seat Greenville
Courthouse
MissouriWayneCourthouse.jpg
Address Wayne County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Greenville, MO 63944
Phone: 573.224.3011
Wayne County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Wayne County, Missouri Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1892 1830 1849 1869

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has birth and death records 1914-1940; Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder has court records, marriage records, divorce and land records; Associate Circuit Court has probate records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

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The earliest white settlements in what is now Wayne County are said to have been in 1802, when a few settlers arrived from Kentucky, with more coming into the county from North Carolina in 1806.

Prior to county formation in 1818, what became Wayne County was a part of St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau County.

Wayne County, Missouri is one of Missouri's oldest counties. Wayne County was organized as a county of Missouri Territory on 11 December 1818 by an act of the territorial legislature. This law became effective 1 November 1813.

The county was created from parts of Cape Girardeau and Lawrence Counties. (Most of Lawrence County became part of Arkansas Territory when that territory was created by Congress in March of 1819.)

Greenville became the county seat in 1819, which was the same year in which the town was incorporated. Missouri was not admitted into the Union until 10 August 1821.

Greenville was originally known as Cedar Cabin. In 1941, the town was relocated because of the construction of Lake Wappapello. The new town was located about two miles north of the original site, on a higher elevation.

The first post office opened in Greenville 10 August 1832.

Wayne County comprised a vast area from 1825 to 1831 that is said to have been larger than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined. The county was so large that, at one time, it was known as the "State of Wayne."

The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), not because of any connection to the county, but because he was a popular figure of the time.[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1818 Wayne County was created 11 December 1818 from Cape Girardeau County. County seat: Greenville [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

thelibrary.org evolution of Wayne County borders

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1853 or 1854 Courthouse burned, with a complete loss of records.
1866 Courthouse records were stolen.
1892 Courthouse damaged by fire December 14, 1892; some records destroyed.

Few official county records prior to 1893 survive.

When the 1893-1926 courthouse was in operation, records were scattered in various offices throughout Greenville because of lack of space. Whether this resulted in loss of some records is uncertain.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cascade | Clubb | Coldwater | Greenville | Hiram | Leeper | Lodi | Lowndes | McGee | Mill Spring | Patterson | Piedmont | Shook | Silva | Wappapello | Williamsville

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bollinger  • Butler  • Carter  • Iron  • Madison  • Reynolds  • Stoddard

Bollinger CountySte. Genevieve CountyWayne CountySt. Francois CountyPerry CountyButler CountyStoddard CountyScott CountyOregon CountyNew Madrid CountyDunklin CountyRipley CountyReynolds CountyShannon CountyCarter CountyIron CountyMadison CountyCape Girirdeau CountyMOWayne.JPG

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.

  • Tong, H.F., Historical Sketches of the Baptists of Southeast Missouri. St. Louis: National Baptist Publishing Company, 1888. (Google Books link with complete text)

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Missouri Local Histories.

  • Cramer, Rose Fulton, Wayne County, Missouri. (Google Books)
  • Douglass, Robert Sidney, History of Southeast Missouri, Vol. 1.  Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.  (Google Books)
  • History of southeast Missouri. Embracing an historical account of the counties of Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Butler, Wayne and Iron. Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1888.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy:

- 23rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company I
- 31st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company D
- 31st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company H
- 31st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company K
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company H
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 8th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information, see United States Probate Records.

In Missouri, probate records have usually been recorded by the clerks of the probate courts, but in some counties the common pleas or circuit courts handled this function. They are frequently indexed.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Missouri Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. For additional guidance on researching and using vital records, see United States Vital Records or How to order Missouri Vital Records.

St. Louis and Kansas City recorded births and deaths starting as early as 1850 for deaths and 1870 for births.  The Missouri Department of Health began keeping birth and death records in 1909. County records vary by year and the county. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Missouri Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office or order electronically online.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Historical Society[edit | edit source]

  • Wayne County Historical Society
    Route 1, Box 1117
    Piedmont, MO 63957
    Phone: 573-223-7130

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Missouri Digital Heritage Free digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
MOGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Genealogy Trails Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be images or transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS Free family history resources and government records
Missouri Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Wayne Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Wayne County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Genealogy.com Wayne County Missouri Genealogy Forum

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 422-438. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Missouri. Page 407 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).