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Howard County, Missouri Facts

Howard County

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, Randolph County, Boone County, Cooper County, Saline County..

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 CertificateMarriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

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

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.

  • 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.

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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