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


Macon County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Macon 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 6, 1837
County Seat Macon
Address Macon County Courthouse
101 E Washington Street
Macon, MO 63552-0096
Phone: 660.385.2913
Macon County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1837 1883 1840 1837 1838

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1893; County Recorder has marriage and land records; Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce records; Circuit Court Division 2 has probate records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Nathaniel Macon.JPG

The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1837--Macon County was created 6 January 1837 from Randolph County.
County seat: Macon [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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Adair  • Chariton  • Knox  • Linn  • Monroe  • Randolph  • Shelby

Shelby CountyMacon CountyAudrain CountyRandolph CountyMonroe CountySullivan CountyCarroll CountySaline CountyKnox CountyLivingston CountyClark CountyLewis CountyLinn CountyAdair CountyHoward CountyPutnam CountyScotland CountySchuyler CountyBoone CountyChariton CountyMOMacon.JPG

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

[Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home]

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]

  • General history of Macon County, Missouri. Chicago, Illinois : H. Taylor, 1910.
  • History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri : written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources : including a history of their townships, towns and villages : together with a condensed history of Missouri, a reliable and detailed history of Randolph and Macon Counties, their pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citizens, general and local statistics of great value, incidents and reminiscences. St. Louis, Missouri : National Historical Co., 1884.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records


Service men in Macon 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 Macon County, Missouri:

- 1st Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M
- 10th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company H
- 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company C
- 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company G
- 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company M
- 2nd Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company H
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company L
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company M
- 62nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 62nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 62nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 62nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 62nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company I
- 14th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company C
- 14th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company D
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 Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Macon County communities.

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]

Macon County Historical Society
PO Box 304
Macon, MO 63552
Phone: (660) 395-0266

Library[edit | edit source]

Macon County Library
210 N Rutherford
Macon, MO 63552
Phone: (660) 385-3314
Email: maconlibrary @ gmail.com

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 Macon 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 Macon 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 "Macon Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Macon County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Macon County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Macon 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), Macon County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Nathaniel Macon", Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.