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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 Society.  A Membership Form 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.


The Society is again publishing an emailed monthly newsletter.  Read previously published newsletters here




Program Coordinator/Speaker & Topic

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 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.


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