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Bates County, Missouri Facts

Bates County

When was Bates County, MO Created?
Bates County was created on January 29, 1841 from Cass County (formally Van Buren County ) . The county was named in honor of Frederick Bates (1777-1825), the second governor of Missouri.

What is the County Seat of Bates County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Butler (COC) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Bates County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Cass County (north), Henry County (northeast), St. Clair County (southeast), Vernon County (south), Linn County, Kansas (west), Miami County, Kansas (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Bates County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Adrian, Amoret, Amsterdam, Butler, Drexel, Rich Hill, Rockville, Hume, Foster, Merwin, Passaic.

What Townships are in Bates County, MO?
Townships located in the County include Charlotte Township, Deepwater Township, Deer Creek Township, East Boone Township, Elkhart Township, Grand River Township, Homer Township, Howard Township, Hudson Township, Lone Oak Township, Mingo Township, Mound Township, Mount Pleasant Township, New Home Township, Osage Township, Pleasant Gap Township, Prairie Township, Rockville Township, Shawnee Township, Spruce Township, Summit Township, Walnut Township, West Boone Township, West Point Township.

Bates County, MO Vital Records

Where can find Bates County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bates County vital records can be found at the Missouri Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1910. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Missouri for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Bates County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Missouri Birth and Death CertificateMarriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Another resource is the Bates County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980.

Bates County, MO Census Records

What Bates County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bates County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bates Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Bates Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bates Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bates Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free down-loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Missouri Census Records Research Guide

Bates County, MO Courthouse and Government Records

Bates County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bates County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bates County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Missouri Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Bates County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1 North Delaware, Butler, Mo. 64730
  • Bates County Recorder of Deeds is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: 660-679-3611
    • Marriage Records: 1860 (including Marriage records, 1860-1919) 
    • Land Records: 1839 (including Index to deeds, 1839-1887; Deed records, 1839-1930; Mortgage deeds, 1881-1893; Deeds of trust, 1881-1893 )
  • Bates County Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has the direct index to records such as divorces, adoptions, judgment, and tax fee books including direct and indirect indexes. They also retain the index to criminal records and criminal files of the circuit court. Adoptions are under the jurisdiction of the circuit court. Naturalization records, including petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, and certificates of allegiance, and granting of citizenship are also located in the clerk's office, as well as an index to civil case files. The County Probate Division has jurisdiction over the estates of deceased persons. The Division hears all litigation involving trusts, including those trusts established in wills. (In the smaller counties, probate matters are handled in the same office as the associate circuit court office)
    • Phone: (660)679-5171
    • Probate Records: 1845  (including Probate records, 1852-1887; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1854-1905; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1865-1912; Proof of publication, notices and affidavits, 1877-191 2; Settlement records, 1877-1887; Guardian’s/curator’s records, 1871-1914; Will records, 1871-1914. )
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1858 (including Circuit court records, 1858-1885 )
  • Bates County Clerk of the Court has indexes to common pleas, records of all extant proceedings, chancery minute books, records of births and deaths, county court records, right-of-way and road records, as well as surveyor's records (including field notes and plats made by the county surveyor). This office usually holds the county treasurer's notes, bonds and commissions, records of marks and brands, wolf scalps, stray notices, real estate assessments, and tax books. In some counties, early terms for this court included “Chancery” or the “Court of Common Pleas.”
    • Phone: 660-679-3371
    • Birth & Death Records: 1883-1907 ( Permanent record of births, 1883-1886; Register of births and stillbirths, 1883-1907; Register of deaths, 1883-1893)
  • Bates County Tax Assessor Office is responsible for appraising and assessing real estate property and person property for the purpose of taxation as well as transferring ownership of real estate, and keeping real estate maps up to date.
  • Local Records Inventory Database
  • State-Issued Land Patents 1831 - 1969
  • BLM Land Records

Bates County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bates County, MO?
A list of Bates County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Missouri Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bates County, MO Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bates County, MO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bates County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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