MO Birth and Death Records


Births & deaths were required to be registered by County Clerks in MO
from 1883-1893. Some are still extant at

Missouri State Archives, 
600 W Main
PO box 778
Jefferson City MO
Ph 573 751-3280

State registration of births and deaths began in 1863, and there are many early records, though compliance with the law was not universal until about 1911. For records after 1910, call (314) 751-6387 to verify current fees, then write

Bureau of Vital Records, 920 Wildwood Dr PO Box 570, Jefferson City MO 65102-0570 Ph 573-751-6400

Marriages from 1825 are recorded in the counties by the Recorder of Deeds in each. Since a number of courthouses have burned, your county could be one of those. In that case, check with State Historical Society of MO, 1020 Lowry, Columbia MO 65201.

Also MO had censuses every FOUR years, 1825 thru 1863. Copies are at the last address above (the Historical Society) AND at the Missouri State Archives (the FIRST address above.) Your chances are good, but it takes work. Good luck!

You can write to Missouri Dept of Health Bureau of Vital Records 920 Wildwood Dr P O Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570 Ph 573-751-6400

If event occured before 1910, substitute County Health Dept in place of Bureau of Vital Records at above address, If event was after 1910, use address as written.

This Page Placed Here By:
Mary A. Hudson
On December 18th, 1998