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Jackson County, Missouri
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Jackson County, Missouri Facts

When was Jackson County, MO Created?
Jackson County was created on December 15, 1826 from Lafayette (formally Lillard) County.

What is the County Seat of Jackson County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Kansas City and Independence and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Clay CountyRay CountyLafayette CountyJohnson CountyCass CountyJohnson County, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Jackson County, MO Vital Records

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

Jackson County, MO Census Records

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

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

Jackson County, MO Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Jackson County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Jackson 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 Jackson 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.

Jackson County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jackson Co. MO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. MO Books, Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. GA Cemeteries & Church Records

Jackson Co. MO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. MO General and History Websites

Jackson Co. MO Military Records

Jackson Co. MO Schools & Directories