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Ripley County, Missouri Facts

Ripley County

When was Ripley County, MO Created?
Ripley County was created on January 5, 1833 from Wayne County. The county was named in honor of Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (1782–1839), Brigadier General in the War of 1812.

What is the County Seat of Ripley County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Doniphan and in addition the county government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Ripley County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Carter County (north), Butler County (east), Clay County, Arkansas (southeast), Randolph County (southwest), Oregon County (west).

What cities and towns are in Ripley County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Briar, Doniphan, Fairdealing, Gatewood, Naylor, Oxly, Pine, Poynor.


Ripley County, MO Vital Records

Where can find Ripley County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980.


Ripley County, MO Census Records

What Ripley County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ripley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ripley Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Ripley Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ripley Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ripley 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


Ripley County, MO Courthouse and Government Records


Ripley County Courthouse

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

  • Ripley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 Courthouse Square, Doniphan, MO 63935
  • Ripley 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: 573-996-7941
    • Marriage Records: 1833 (including Marriages and Index 1833-1922, Marriage Register 1833-1866) 
    • Land Records: 1833 (including Abstract and Index to Deeds 1844-1888, Deed Records 1844-1896, Patent Records 1833-1858) 
  • Ripley 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: (573) 996-2818
    • Probate Records: 1856  (including Probate Record Index 1882-1940, Probate Records 1856-1892, Probate Minutes 1883-1900, Probate Estate Files (no dates), Wills 1883-1927, Letters of Administration 1834-1853) 
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1867 (including Circuit Court Index 1874-1931, Circuit Court Records 1867-1888, Proceedings 1834-1853) 
  • Ripley 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: (573) 996-3215
    • Birth & Death Records: 1883–97 (including Register of Births and Stillbirths 1883-1897, Permanent Record of Births 1883-1891, Register of Deaths 1883-1893, Permanent Record of Deaths 1883-1891, County Court Records 1853-1868, State Census 1876, Assessment Book 1868, 1873, 1895, 1899, Business Ledger 1879-1881, Fee Bills 1857, Mark and Scalp Bounty 1848-1861, Poll Tax Book 1904, 1908, Proceedings 1841-1853) 
  • Ripley 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. (including Assessment Book: 1868, 1873, 1895, 1899) 
  • Local Records Inventory Database
  • State-Issued Land Patents 1831 - 1969
  • BLM Land Records

Ripley County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Ripley County, MO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Ripley 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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