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Carter County, Missouri Facts

Carter County

When was Carter County, MO Created?
Carter County was created on March 10, 1859 from Oregon County, Reynolds County, Ripley County and Shannon County.

What is the County Seat of Carter County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Van Buren (COC) and in addition the county government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Carter County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Reynolds County, Wayne County, Butler County, Ripley County, Oregon County, Shannon County.


Carter County, MO Vital Records

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


Carter County, MO Census Records

What Carter County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Carter 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.

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


Carter County, MO Courthouse and Government Records


Carter County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Carter County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Carter County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Missouri courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Missouri residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Carter County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Missouri Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Carter County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • West Carter County Genealogy Society, P.O. Box 309, Van Buren Mo 63965; Phone 573-323-4315; Meets 4th Tuesday of each month except December. Dues $12 year
  • Ellsinore Pioneer Museum, Route 3, Box 247, Ellsinore, MO 63937; Phone: (573) 322-5297
  • 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 Carter County, MO Researchers through message boards and forums?

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