Vernon Co, MO USGenWeb Project :: Home




Orphans Home
Other Links
Photos Need ID
Photos Misc.
Research Trip
State Hosp #3
Towns & Twps



Welcome to the Vernon County Missouri GenWeb Project

This site is 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 or if you encounter a broken link. 




A new mailing list has been set up for those researching Vernon Co, MO. Please go to and join the MO-VERNON group. This group is to discuss, share or ask questions of a genealogical nature for persons who may have had a life event in Vernon Co, MO.  Our thanks to the generous volunteer who set up and administers the mailing list!

search tips advanced search
search engine by freefind
Some Marriage Record Indexes on this site cannot be searched and must be browsed.  Monthly newsletters which include many transcribed newspaper articles are searchable from this search field.

Updated 25 Jan 2023


The Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society

The Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., and visitors are always welcome.  The Nevada Library Annex is located at 200 W. Walnut St, at the corner of W. Walnut and N. Main, Nevada, MO (northwest corner of the court square). The El Dorado Springs meetings will be held at the Nevada Library Annex until the new El Dorado Springs Library is available in 2023; please email for specifics if not posted below. We welcome both local and long-distance members. A Membership Form is at this link; dues are $10 per calendar year. Dues received Sep-Dec are for the following year. The Society is again publishing an emailed monthly newsletter.  Previously published newsletters are at this link.




Program Coordinator/Speaker & Topic


Aug 17 2022


Nevada Library Annex

Nancy - "Find a Revolutionary War Patriot in Your Lineage" How to search in the Daughters of the American Revolution online database.

Sep 21 2022

Nevada Library Annex Judith - "Some of my Personal Research"

Oct 19 2022

Nevada Library Annex Nancy - "Sort DNA Matches Using the Leeds Method"

Nov 16 2022

Nevada Library Annex

Marty - "Cemetery Art"


Dec 21 2022


Church of Christ Fellowship Hall

302 E Hospital Rd

El Dorado Springs, MO

Christmas Pot-Luck Luncheon

Attendees are invited to bring a covered luncheon dish to share. Paper plates, napkins, silverware, coffee and water will be provided. Program and activities to be announced. 

Jan 18 2023 Nevada Library Annex Nancy - "Using PERSI, the Periodical Source Index"
Feb 15 2023 Nevada Library Annex Valo - Working with Digital Pictures.
Mar 15 2023 Nevada Library Annex          - To be announced.

Apr 19 2023


Nevada Library Annex

Genealogy Dept Work Day.  Replace worn binders, arrange periodicals, label resources, prepare new resources to be cataloged and shelved, file obit cards, and other miscellaneous tasks.
May 17 2023 Nevada Library Annex Laura - Topic to be announced.
Jun 21 2023 El Dorado Springs Library          - Topic to be announced.
Jul 19 2023 Nevada Library Annex          - Topic to be announced.
Aug 16 2023 El Dorado Springs Library Lynda - Topic to be announced.
Sep 20 2023 Nevada Library Annex Judith - Topic to be announced.
Oct 18 2023 El Dorado Springs Library Marty - Topic to be announced.
Nov 15 2023 Nevada Library Annex          - Topic to be announced.
Dec 20 2023 Area Restaurant Details to be announced.


Vernon County Cemetery Directory Update

   An ALL-NEW cemetery directory is being created and will be published in 2023! It will include full names and dates from obituaries and death certificates plus names of parents and spouses for many of the more than 72,000 deaths/burials in Vernon Co. Additionally, a brief source citation for burials will be included.

   The Vernon County Historical Society and the Cedar and Vernon County Genealogical Society are partnering to update the 2010 Vernon County Missouri Cemetery Directory. This will entail resurveying the active cemeteries in the county.

   Sep 2022 update:  The anticipated publication date has been pushed back until after the first of the year to allow including many full dates of death from obituaries/death notices in the database. 

   Everyone's help on this project is greatly appreciated ~ Thank you!


USED BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society. (List updated Sep 2022)



   The Bushwhacker Museum has numerous genealogical and historical books for sale on its website.

   The following set of Walker Herald books is available from the Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society: The Walker Herald, Walker, Missouri: Extant Issues Transcribed $55 ($50 if picking up locally) - 3 Vol set. 1892-1923 (190 pages) 1924-1926 (178 pages) 1927-1931 (216 pages) In 1882 S. J. Preston began publishing the Walker Herald, a weekly journal sold by subscription, and continued its publication until two weeks before his death in 1931. Neoma Foreman was given permission by Preston's family to transcribe the extant issues of the newspaper and publish those transcriptions in three volumes. Each of the three volumes is fully indexed. A “21st Century Award” from the Missouri State Genealogical Association helped fund in part the publication of the books. Comb bound cardstock covers, 8 1/2 x 11 format. Not all issues were available to transcribe.  Email [email protected]

   The WCBA has the following book for sale: Rural Schools of Northeast Vernon County Consolidate, 1881-1950. $30. When one room schools started consolidating in Vernon County, Missouri, some of the clerks’ books were turned over to the school to which they joined. This compilation is taken from those books and is not published in any other book. Names of students, parents and sometimes their occupations, ages, and teachers are included. This is a finding aid to help researchers locate people between censuses. Compiled by Neoma Foreman. Soft bound, 260 pages with every-name index. Make checks payable to WCBA and mail to WCBA, 14695 S. C Hwy, Walker, MO 64790.


DNA Project:  Have you taken a DNA test? You can compare your autosomal test results with those who tested at different companies by uploading your test data to free of charge. Several comparison tools are free and some advanced features require a monthly fee.  Transferring your results will help you and other researchers to get more from your testing! To learn about genetic genealogy, see  You can sign up to receive a periodic article to learn more about DNA research, such as and

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-49/U.S. 71 & U.S. 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 lookups for individuals, however the Bushwhacker Museum does.

Where is Vernon County, Missouri Found in the Federal Census? 


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 three 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 1855.

   Were Vernon County's Records Lost During the Civil War?  The Vernon County Courthouse was burned by Federal troops in 1863, but the official records had been removed from the courthouse prior to the burning.  However, Deed Book B "fell off the wagon" and was lost during the evacuation and return of the records following the war.  The Index to Deed Book B is available and is of some help in tracking families and land.


Links to web sites that are not part of the USGenWeb Project are provided for your convenience and do not imply any endorsement of the web sites or their contents by The USGenWeb Project.

Thank you for visiting! 


Web hosting generously provided by RootsWeb 

© 2011-2023

Vernon Co, MO County Coordinator

County Coordinator


                                             The below is an advertisement and will take you off of the Vernon County Missouri website.