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Welcome to the Vernon County, Missouri USGenWeb 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. 




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!

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Updated 18 Apr 2021


Vernon County Cemetery Directory Update

   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 this spring and summer. Your help is needed to conduct these resurveys. Volunteers can sign up for a specific cemetery or just a portion of a large cemetery to record new burials and verify information.
   Informational meetings for volunteers who would like to help will be held on the following dates and times at the Nevada Library Annex, 100 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO:
          Saturday - 24 April, 10 a.m. noon
          Tuesday - 27 April, 10 a.m. noon
          Thursday - 29 April, 1 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
   Please contact Will at the Bushwhacker Museum, (417) 667-9602 or email, to let him know you can help and which one of the three days you can attend. Your help on this project is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

The Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. 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 Library is located at 808 S. Main St, El Dorado Springs, MO. The Dec meeting location will be announced. A Membership Form is at this link. Dues received in Sep-Dec are for the following year. If renewing, please submit your dues before January 1. 

2021 Date



Jan, Feb & Mar

No Meeting

Apr 21 Nevada Library Annex Spring Fever Research
May 19 Nevada Library Annex To be announced
Jun 16    
Jul 21    
Aug 18    
Sep 15    
Oct 20    
Nov 17    
Dec 15    


USED BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society. (List updated Dec 2020)

Cedar & Vernon Co MO Gen Society member special - 50% off Used Books this winter!!


NEW BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society.  ** New Book Added to List **


DNA Project:  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 (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 researchers to get more from your testing! To learn about genetic genealogy, go to  And 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 do 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?  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.

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