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Welcome to the Vernon Co., Missouri USGenWeb
This site is provided by volunteers working together
for free genealogy information. It contains many free indexes and what you
need to know to research your Vernon County ancestors.
Please email the County
Coordinator if you have a how-to research question that is not covered.
Information is regularly added and updated.
Information from the
society's old website is being transferred to this site as time permits.
YOU MAY FREELY
LINK TO THIS WEBSITE, BUT DO NOT COPY THIS INFORMATION AND POST ON OTHER
WEBSITES OR PUBLISH ELSEWHERE!
Updates: Updated DNA Project
blog web addresses. Added Biographies. Added NEW BOOKS FOR
SALE. Updated Resources. Circuit Court 1855-1900 Index
posted in Resources. Added Caton Family Reunion. Updated contact information throughout website.
Posted Oliver Caldwell bio. Added DNA Research.
Updated Mound Cemetery information.
Updated Biographies. Updated Surnames. Added Metz, MO information in Towns &
Townships section. Updated Military links.
April 20, 2019)
The Cedar & Vernon Co MO
Genealogical Society meets on the third
Wednesday of the month. The Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, and Nov
meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Nevada Library Annex at the corner
of W. Walnut and N. Main, Nevada, MO (northwest corner of the court
square). The Feb,
Apr, Jun, Aug, and Oct meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Springs Library,
808 S. Main St., El Dorado Springs, MO. The Dec meeting location will be announced.
BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society.
NEW BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society.
Have you tested your DNA? You can compare your autosomal test results
with those who tested at different companies by transferring your test
data to https://www.familytreedna.com/ (if you did not test at this
company). There is a small fee to activate the various comparison
tools on the familytreedna website. Also, you can upload your test data to
(some features are free). These two websites enable all
researchers to compare autosomal results with those who tested at
different companies. Transferring your results will help you and
other Vernon County researchers to get more from your testing! To
learn about genetic genealogy, go to
https://isogg.org/. And sign up to receive a periodic article
to learn more about DNA research, such as
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Vernon County, Missouri?
It is located on the Missouri-Kansas state line about 80
miles south of Kansas City.
Where is the county seat? The
county seat is Nevada (neh-VĀ-duh), MO, at the
crossroads of I-24/U.S. 71 & 54 near the center of the county. The Courthouse is located in the town
square, and its clock tower is visible from much of the town.
Do you have information on the [fill
in the name] family? Please check these pages: Biographies,
Surnames. As county coordinator, I personally do not
conduct genealogical research or do lookups for individuals, however the
Bushwhacker Museum does.
Where is Vernon County, Missouri Found in the
North of the Osage River: Jackson County, MO
South of the Osage River: Crawford County, MO
Van Buren County, MO except for the southern 1/4th of the county
which was enumerated as Newton County, MO
Bates County, MO
Vernon County, MO
When was Vernon County, Missouri First Settled?
The first permanent white settlers in the area that
is now Vernon County were the Summers brothers--Jesse J., Moses, and
Allen--and their families. They settled near the Osage River in
what is now Metz Township, Vernon County, Missouri, in 1829/1830.
Vernon County was organized in
Were Vernon County's Records Lost During the
Although the Vernon County Courthouse was burned
by Federal troops in
1863, the official records were not lost because they had been removed from the
area. Deed Index Book B, however, did get lost.
Thank you for visiting!
Website online since March 3, 2011