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Stone County, Missouri
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Stone County, Missouri Facts

Stone County

When was Stone County, MO Created?
Stone County was created on February 10, 1851 from Taney County. The county was named in honor of William Stone, first elected judge of Taney County .

What is the County Seat of Stone County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Galena and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Stone County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Christian County (north), Taney County (east), Carroll County, Arkansas (south), Barry County (west), Lawrence County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Stone County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Blue Eye, Branson West, Cape Fair, Carr Lane, Coney Island, Crane, Crossroads, Elsey, Galena, HootenTown, Hurley, Indian Point, Kimberling City, Lampe, McCord Bend, Ponce de Leon, Possum Trot, Reeds Spring, Reeds Spring Junction, Shell Knob, Union City, Viola.

Stone County, MO Vital Records

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

Stone County, MO Census Records

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

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

Stone County, MO Courthouse and Government Records

Stone County Courthouse

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

  • Stone County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 108 E. 4th Street, Galena, Missouri 65656
  • Stone 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: (417) 357-6362
    • Marriage Records: 1851 (including Marriage records, 1851-1935) 
    • Land Records: 1854 (including Index to deeds, 1855-1887; Deed records, 1854-1888) 
  • Stone 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)
    • Address: 110 South Maple, Galena, MO 65656
    • Phone: (417) 357-6114 or 6115
    • Probate Records: 1848  (including Index to probate records, 1850-1886; Probate records, 1851-1886; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1875-1922; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1875-1884; Guardian’s/curator’s records, 1875-1912; Will records, 1848-1923) 
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1851 (including index to circuit court records, (no dates); Circuit court records, 1851-1892) 
  • Stone 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: (417) 357-6127
    • Birth & Death Records: ?
  • Stone 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

Stone County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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