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Ralls County

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NOTICE: The Ralls County Courthouse (the oldest active courthouse west of the Mississippi River) is closed for renovation. All historical files are safe and secure - but presently unavailable. It will be re-opening in the summer of 2006, so bear with me and let me know what I can do to help in your research in the interim. I'll always do my best to help you out. - Scott

Formation and Demographics

Ralls County was formed, 1821 from Pike County and was named after Daniel Ralls, Missouri legislator.
Ralls is bounded by Pike, Audrain, Monroe, & Marion Counties, and the Mississippi River. Ralls is very much a rural county, the 1990 Census showing a population of 8,476. The county seat is New London, Missouri. The town of Hannibal straddles Ralls County & Marion County; location of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, and the boyhood home of "Mark Twain". A little further north, and then east across the Mississippi River, and you will be in Quincy, Illinois, the largest metropolis of the area.

Ralls County Map
Towns & 1990 Census Map

Ralls County 1940 Map
More detailed than the above map

OSEDA-University of Missouri
Link to a very colorful Missouri counties map & demographics

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Ralls County, Missouri Archives Project

Tombstone Project

Ralls County, Missouri Tombstone Project 



Frontier Families of Missouri from the Upper Louisiana Territory

This database is based upon the PIONEER FAMILIES OF MISSOURI, by Bryan and Rose.  It consists of early tax lists, Spanish land grants, census records, military records, and extractions from the HISTORY OF MISSOURI by Louis Houck.  This is an on-going project with periodic updates.  There are over 20,000 linked families as of July 1999.  Coordination of data entry was done by the HANCOCK FAMILY ORGANIZATION, descendants of William Hancock who settled in St. Charles County in 1797.

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Ralls County, Missouri

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Surname Registration and Archived Queries
Surname Registrations and Old Queries, newly indexed by CCHelper

GenConnect Query Board
View or Post your Ralls Co, Mo Query

Search All Surname Helper Sites
Surname Helper 

Lookup Volunteers 

Ralls County Historical Society 

Ralls County Cemetery Listing 

Ralls County School Listing 

Fagan School

Ralls County Churches 

First Ralls County Settlement 

Ralls County Courthouse History 


Ralls County Family Genealogies

Contact me, if you would like a link to your website of Ralls County ancestors.

Hamilton-Haden-Patton-Jones Families of Missouri

Michael Egloff's Family Tree Data

McAfee & Glascock / Glasscock Family Genealogies

Ron Myers' Family Tree Data

Tompkins Family Genealogy

Turner Homestead Page

Wood Genealogy
Including Ralls County families of Williamson, Spencer, Allison, Steele, Bucklin, Pruett, Shadwell, & Ellis



Lost & Found

Descendants of the Richards, FOUND. Thank you, Sherry Jones!!!
Weir Scrapbook Chronicles of Ethel Weir's return visit to Perry, Missouri in 1935
Includes family group records of James & Sarah (Moore) Richards.

CULBERTSON - I have photos of some of the Culbertsons, inquire to: Polly Menendez



Research Contacts

Ralls County Courthouse
PO Box 444
New London, MO 63459
Telephone: (573) 985-5631

Vital Records, birth, marriage, death records Probate Records

Missouri State Archives
P.O.Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3280
Fax: (573) 526-7333

The Missouri Archives houses the following Ralls County Information:

Recorder of Deeds:

Index to deeds,1821-1891;
Deed records,1821-1895;
Quit claim deeds,1872-1890;
Deeds of trust,1877-1881;
Index to marriage records,1821-1919;
Marriage records,1821-1924;
Marriage contracts,1838-1893

Clerk of the County Court:

Register of births, still births,1883-1893;
Register record of deaths,1883-1886

Clerk of the Circuit Court:

Circuit court records,1821-1887.

Clerk of the Probate Court:

Probate records, 1821-1889;
Admin/Exec letters, bonds & records,1850-1906;
Inventories, appraisements & sale bills,1855-1864 & 1872-1889;
Settlement records,1832-1888;
Will records,1821-1918.

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201-7298
Phone: 573/882-7083
Fax: 573/884-4950


Other links of Missouri interest

BLM Official Land Patent Records Site

Index of the Civil War in Missouri
Missouri Links and Resources available on the Internet


Links to Nearby Counties

Pike County
Location of Bowling Green, Missouri

Audrain County
Location of Mexico, Missouri

Monroe County
Location of Paris, Missouri

Marion County
Location of Hannibal, Missouri

Adams County, IL
Location of Quincy, Illinois

Pike County, IL
Location of Pittsfield, Illinois


USGenWeb Special Projects

USGenWeb Missouri Archives

USGenWeb Archives Search Engine
Try searching the Archives !

USGW Tombstone Transcription Project
Missouri Cemetery files

USGW Census Project
Missouri Census files


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About the USGenWeb Project

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. This grew into a project for the entire United States, and subsequently for the World. Missouri joined the project in July of 1996, and is now over two years old. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the county web pages. Even though today most (certainly not all) counties are covered, ongoing projects such as the Census Transcription Project and the Tombstone Project continue to need volunteers; counties continue to need volunteers for lookups, and the Archives continue to need donated data and transcribers.

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This page last updated 11/20/2005 12:18 AM .
Your Ralls County Coordinator
Scott Burow


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