Howard County, Missouri
Genealogy, History & Facts
Howard County, Missouri Facts
When was Howard County, MO Created?
Howard County was created on January 23, 1816 (effective March 1, 1816) from St. Charles County and St. Louis County. The county was named in honor of Benjamin Howard (1760-1814), a Congressman from Kentucky, governor of Missouri Territory and a brigadier general in theWar of 1812.
What is the County Seat of Howard County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Fayette and in addition the county government website is unknown
What counties are adjacent to Howard County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Chariton County (northwest), Randolph County (northeast), Boone County (southeast), Cooper County (south), Saline County (west)..
What cities and towns are in Howard County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Armstrong, Fayette, Franklin, Glasgow, New Franklin.
Howard County, MO Vital Records
Where can find Howard County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Howard 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 Howard County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Missouri Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.
Another resource is the Howard County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Pre-1910: Search & Record Availability
- Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910
- Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935
- Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
- Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920
- Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900
- Missouri Marriages, 1766-1983
- Missouri Marriages to 1850
- Missouri Marriages Before 1840
- Missouri Death Records Database, Pre-1910
- Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1961
- Missouri, Deaths and Burials Index, 1873-1976
- Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976
- Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910
- Missouri Still Birth & Miscellaneous Records, 1805-2002
Howard County, MO Census Records
What Howard County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Howard County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820 (missing), 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Howard Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Howard Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Howard Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Howard 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
Howard County, MO Courthouse and Government Records
Howard County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Howard County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Howard County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Missouri Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research. Fire destroyed the courthouse December 1, 1886. No recorde were lost.
- Howard County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 1 Courthouse Square, Fayette, MO 65248
- Howard 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: 660-248-2194
- Marriage Records: 1816 (including Index to marriage records, 1816-1972; Marriage records, 1816-1919; Negro/colored marriage records, 1865-1879)
- Land Records: 1816 (including Index to deeds, 1816-1889; Deed records, 1816-1924)
- Howard 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) 248-2194
- Probate Records: 1818 (including Probate records, 1821-1887; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1880-1900; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1868-1892; Settlement records, 1836-1891; Index to will records, 1818-1896; Will records, 1818-1918)
- Court & Divorce Records: 1816 (including Index to circuit court records, 1831-1896; Circuit court records, 1816-1889)
- Howard 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) 248-2284
- Birth & Death Records: 1883-93 (including Register of births and stillbirths, 1883-1893; Permanent record of deaths, 1883-1888; State census, 1876)
- Howard 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
Howard County, MO Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Howard County, MO?
A list of Howard County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Missouri Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- South Howard County Historical Society, P.O. Box 201, 110 East Broadway, New Franklin, MO 65274
- Howard County Genealogical Society , 201 South Main Street, Fayette, MO 65248; Phone: (660) 248-3348
- Genealogical Society of Central Missouri, P.O. Box 26 3801 Ponderosa , Columbia, MO 65205; Phone: (573) 443-8936
- Boonslick Historical Society of Cooper and Howard Counties, 811 7th Street Terrace, Boonville, MO 65233; (660) 882-6370
- Fayette Area Heritage Association, P.O. Box 124,
120 North Church Street,
Fayette, MO 65248;
Phone: (660) 248-2200
- United Methodist Church-Missouri West Conference Central Methodist College, Smiley Library, Fayette, MO 65248 Phone: (660) 248-6279
- Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Information Center; P.O. Box 1747, 600 West Main Str, Jefferson City, MO 65102
- Missouri State Library – 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101; (573) 751-4936
- Missouri Historical Society, P.O. Box 11940, St. Louis 63112-0040
- Missouri State Genealogical Association, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833
Where can I connect with other Howard County, MO Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Howard County, MO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Howard 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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Howard Co. GA Cemeteries & Church Records
Howard Co. MO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
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Howard Co. MO Schools & Directories