Camden County, Missouri Genealogy

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


Camden County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Camden County
Location in the state of Missouri, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Camdenton
Address Camden County Courthouse
1 Court Circuit
Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: 573.346.4440
Camden County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1902 1830 1849 1902

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Records has marriage and divorce records from 1902; Probate Judge has probate records from 1902; Clerk of the Circuit Court has court records from 1902; Tompkins Abstract Office has land records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1841 Camden County was created 29 January 1841 from Benton and Pulaski Counties. County seat: Camdenton. [3] Camden County was originally named Kinderhook County. It was renamed in 1843.

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1902 Courthouse burned. Some deeds were re-recorded in 1902.

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]


Climax Springs
Hurricane Deck
Lake Ozark
Linn Creek
Macks Creek
Osage Beach
Sunrise Beach
Village of Four Seasons

Unincorporated Communities:

Hurricane Deck



Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Benton  • Dallas  • Hickory  • Laclede  • Miller  • Morgan  • Pulaski

Moniteau CountyMaries CountyCamden CountyOsage CountyCole CountyPhelps CountyTexas CountyPulaski CountyMiller CountyDade CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyGreene CountyCedar CountyHickory CountyWebster CountyMorgan CountyPettis CountySt. Clair CountyHenry CountyBenton CountyWright CountyLaclede CountyMOCamden.jpg

Resources[edit | edit source]

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MOGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MOGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.

These sites contain lists of many of the cemeteries in Camden, as well as photographs and lists of burials.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Camden 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.

Camden County Missouri contained many churches over the years. Many small local churches were created and disbanded over the years. Known churches currently include:

Missionary Baptist Churches in Mack's Creek

The first known congregation was originally organized in September 1873 and held meetings in private homes and in the Mack's Creek School House until August 1880. This group disbanded in 1880. Founding members included Ben Allison, Martha Allison, Alfred Catron, Sarah Catron, Lucinda Catron, George Catron, George Heffner, and Elders Joe Miller, L.J. Tatum, and W.W. Palmer. The same month this congregation disbanded, another Missionary Baptist Church was formed in Mack's Creek. This church continued until 1886. Known members were Elders J.M. Russell, J.M. Stincipher, and William West, as well as members J.E. Fowler and A.W. Kain. The present Mack's Creek Missionary Baptist Church was organized on January 24, 1910. There were eight different Baptist meetings in and around Mack's Creek. Source: "The Builders, A History of Mack's Creek 1872-1972." Mack's Creek Lions Club

Other Camden County Churches:

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]

  • Biographies from The History of Camden County, Missouri (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
  • Camden County Historical Society (Camden, Missouri). Camden county historian : A History of Camdenton. Camden, Missouri : [s.n.], 1977.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Service men in Camden 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 Camden County, Missouri:

- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company C
- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company D
- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company K
- 9th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 9th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company I
- 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company G
- 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company H
- 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company I
- 9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company K
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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]

  • Camden County Historical Society & Museum
    P.O. Box 1094
    Linn Creek, MO 64052-1094

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.

Websites[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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Camden 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 Camden 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 "Camden Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Camden County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Camden County, Missouri Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "missouri" in the search box to see a list and links to Missouri Blogs
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search Camden County Message Board

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), Camden County, Missouri. Page 398 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at