Davies County, Missouri
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Davies County

Davies County was created on December 29, 1836 from Ray County. The county was named in honor of Joseph Hamilton Daviess (1774-1811), commanded the Dragoons of the Indiana Militia at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The Davies County Seat is situated in Gallatin and in addition the county government website is unknown

Areas surrounding Davies County include Harrison County (north), Grundy County (northeast), Livingston County (southeast), Caldwell County (south), DeKalb County (west), Gentry County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Davies County include Altamont, Coffey, Gallatin, Gilman City, Jameson, Jamesport, Lock Springs, Pattonsburg, Winston.

Davies 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 Davies 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.

Davies County has Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Davies County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Davies County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Davies County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently forget about the value of Davies County court, probate, and land files as a source of family history and genealogy information. Buried away in Missouri courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the ambitions and worries of many Missouri residents.

The odds are great that your potential ancestors have left a comprehensive record of at least a number of aspects of their lives in the Davies County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other procedures which often can have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Davies county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth.

You need to call the clerk's dept to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other facts before visiting or looking for information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will guide men and women in locating the resources, but it's up to the particular person to complete the research.
  • Davies County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 102 N. Main, Gallatin, MO 64640
  • Davies 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) 663-3183
    • Marriage Records: 1837 (including Index to marriage records, 1837-1954; Marriage records, 1838-1920; Register of marriage licenses, 1883-1921; Negro/colored marriages, 1866-1904) 
    • Land Records: 1838 (including Index to deeds, 1839-1887; Deed records, 1838-1909; Index to mortgages, 1860-1892; Mortgage Deeds, 1860-1895; Deeds of trust, 1873-1896; Plat book, 1898)
  • Davies 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) 663-2932
    • Probate Records: 1890  (including Index to probate records, 1890-1919; Proof of publication, notices and affidavits, 1899-1925; Settlement records, 1890-1910; Guardian’s/curator’s records, 1890-1919; Will records, 1890-1920)
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1837 (including Index to circuit court records, 1837-1972; Circuit court records, 1837-1885; Circuit court files, 1839-1840)
  • Davies 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) 663-2641
    • Birth & Death Records: 1883-91 (including Permanent record of births, 1883-1891; Permanent record of deaths, 1883-1891)
  • Davies 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.
  • Davies County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980

Davies County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Davies 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. Feel free to present your own most liked Davies County genealogy or family history related sites.

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