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County Records on Microfilm
Henry County Courthouse in the 1950s or 1960s; photograph by Gerald R. Massie
Records for all 114 Missouri counties are available on microfilm. These records vary from county to county. Many begin with the formation of the county and continue into the 20th century. Some counties have more extensive records than others.
Many of Missouri's courthouses were destroyed by fire or other disasters, resulting in numerous records being lost.
The information available on microfilm comes from the records of a number of county offices. These offices include the following:
- Recorder of Deeds
- County Clerk
- Circuit Court
- Probate Court
- County Assessor
- Court of Common Pleas
- County Superintendent of Schools
The records contained within these offices are as follows:
- Marriages, deeds, plat books - Recorder of Deeds
- Birth and death records, tax books, county court records - County Clerk
- Naturalization records, civil and criminal court case records, divorces - Circuit Court
- Wills, settlements, inventories, probate records - Probate Court
A more detailed look at what is available from each county office can be found in the Guide to County and Muncipal Records on Microfilm, .
Records for births and deaths after 1910 are retained by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records, 930 Wildwood, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102. There is a fee per record requested from the Bureau of Vital Records.