Updated 28 Nov 2023
The Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society
The local Genealogical Society meets
monthly. Please use this link for current information on the local
is at this link; calendar year 2024 dues are $10.
Anyone who enjoys family history research is
invited to join; you do not have to be researching Missouri ancestors.
The monthly emailed newsletter
is a benefit of membership.
Society is again publishing an emailed monthly newsletter.
Read previously published newsletters
Dec 20 2023
Pizza Hut, 1314
S. State Hwy 32, El Dorado Springs, MO
Meeting time is
11 a.m. Dutch treat buffet lunch at 11:30.
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
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.