Chariton County, Missouri Genealogy Guide

Chariton County, Missouri (Map It) was created on November 16, 1820 from Howard County. The county was named for the Chariton River, a tributary of the Missouri River, whose naming origin is disputed. Learn More About State of Missouri History

Chariton County is bordered by Linn County (north), Macon County (northeast), Randolph County (east), Howard County (southeast), Saline County (southwest), Carroll County (west), Livingston County (northwest).

Chariton County Cities and Towns include Brunswick, Bynumville, Dalton, Forest Green, Keytesville, Marceline, Mendon, Prairie Hill, Rothville, Salisbury, Snyder, Sumner, Triplett.

A Map of Chariton County, Missouri contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Chariton County, Missouri Courthouse Records

Chariton County, Missouri Courthouse
Chariton County, MO Courthouse

The Chariton County Courthouse is located in Keytesville, Missouri. Learn More About State of Missouri Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Chariton county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. A fire in the clerk's office, apart from the courthouse, destroyed all County Court records November 11, 1861, and fires set by Confederates on September 20, 1864, destroyed the courthouse. The brick courthouse, painted white in 1969, was destroyed by fire August 27, 1973, during a renovation project.

  • Chariton County Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1821 and Land Records from 1826. The 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.
  • Chariton County Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1861 and Court & Divorce Records from 1820.The 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.
  • Chariton County Clerk of the Court has Birth & Death Records from 1883-87. The 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.”
  • Chariton 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, produced by the Missouri Local Records Preservation Program, is a compilation of inventories of local government records identified as having permanent or enduring value and housed primarily in county and municipal offices, but includes some libraries, museums, and historical and genealogical societies that maintain government records. Not all Missouri offices have been inventoried.
  • Chariton County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980

Chariton County, Missouri Census Records

Chariton County, Missouri Vital Records

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