Henry County, Missouri Genealogy

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Guide to Henry County, Missouri ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Clinton
Organized: December 13, 1834
Parent County(s): Lafayette[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bates  • Benton  • Cass  • Johnson  • Pettis  • St. Clair
See County Maps
Location Map
Missouri Henry County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Patrick Henry. The County is located in the west central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
Main & Franklin Sts
100 W Franklin
Clinton, MO 64735-2199
Phone: 660-885-6963
Henry County Website

County Recorder has marriage and land records from 1830 and military discharge records.
County Clerk has divorce and court records.
Associate Circuit Court has probate records.
County Museum has birth and burial records.[3]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1830 scattered 1835 1830 1834 1830
*Statewide registration started in 1910 for births and deaths. General compliance for births by 1927 and deaths by 1911.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1834 Henry County was created 13 December 1834 from Lafayette County. Henry County was originally named Rives County. It was renamed Henry County in 1841.
  • County seat: Clinton[5]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTownLocator.
The State Historical Society of Missouri has information on historical Missouri place names for all 114 Missouri Counties.
The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [6]

Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Henry County, Missouri online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,726
1850 4,052 −14.3%
1860 9,866 143.5%
1870 17,401 76.4%
1880 23,906 37.4%
1890 28,235 18.1%
1900 28,054 −0.6%
1910 27,242 −2.9%
1920 25,116 −7.8%
1930 22,931 −8.7%
1940 22,313 −2.7%
1950 20,043 −10.2%
1960 19,226 −4.1%
1970 18,451 −4.0%
1980 19,672 6.6%
1990 20,044 1.9%
2000 21,997 9.7%
2010 22,272 1.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

St. Ludgers, Germantown

  • 1832-1876 St. Ludgers, Germantown, Baptism Index 1832-1876. Batch C511791 at FamilySearch.[7]
  • 1849-1876 St. Ludgers, Germantown, Marriage Index 1849-1876. Batch M511791 at FamilySearch.

Immaculate Conception, Montrose

  • 1858-1876 Immaculate Conception, Montrose, Baptism Index 1858-1876. Batch C511961 at FamilySearch.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • Waugh Family of Litchfield, Connecticut, Ross County, Ohio, Henry County, Missouri. Available online at Ancestry ($)

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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 Henry 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.

  • Clinton, Missouri, a Picturesque City. By D M Anderson Directory Co. c1896. Kansas City, Mo. : D M Anderson. Available online at FamilySearch
  • Henry County, Missouri, in Pictures and P. 1922. S.l. : s.n. Available online at FamilySearch
  • The History of Henry and St. Clair Counties, Missouri. 1883. St. Joseph, Mo. : National Historical Co. Available online at FamilySearch
  • History of Henry County, Missouri. By Uel W. Lamkin. 1919. S.l. : Historical Pub. Available online at FamilySearch

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records


Service men in Henry County, Missouri 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 Henry County, Missouri:

- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company F
- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company K
- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 60th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Henry County residents.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Henry County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Missouri Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Henry County. For state-wide library facilities, see Missouri Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Henry County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Missouri Societies.

  • Henry County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 65
    203 W Franklin Street
    Clinton, MO 64735
    Phone: 660-885-8414

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • FamilySearch Catalog . Free. - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  • 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 ($)

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry, Missouri," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Missouri. accessed 9/11/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henry County, Missouri. Page 397-407 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 393-397.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County, Missouri," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, Henry County Missouri, accessed Oct 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf.