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Cooper County, Missouri
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Cooper County, Missouri Facts

When was Cooper County, MO Created?
Cooper County was created on December 17, 1818 from Howard County (effective February 1, 1819).

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

What counties are adjacent to Cooper County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Howard CountyBoone CountyMoniteau CountyMorgan CountyPettis CountySaline County.

Cooper County, MO Vital Records

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

Cooper County, MO Census Records

What Cooper County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cooper County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820 (missing)183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Cooper County, MO Courthouse and Government Records

Cooper County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cooper County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Cooper 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 Cooper 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 Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Cooper County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cooper Co. MO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Cooper Co. GA Cemeteries & Church Records

Cooper Co. MO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cooper Co. MO General and History Websites

Cooper Co. MO Military Records

Cooper Co. MO Schools & Directories