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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 22 Jun 2022


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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.

   May 2022 update:  Only one or two cemeteries remain to be surveyed; and volunteers are working to complete their surveys.  Information continues to be added to the database.  Publication later in the year is planned.

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

The Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society

The 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 meetings will be held at the Nevada Library Annex until the new El Dorado Springs Library is available; please email for specifics if not posted below. A Membership Form is at this link; dues are $10 per calendar year. Dues received in Sep-Dec are for the following year. All meetings and programs are open to the public. The Society is again publishing an emailed monthly newsletter; please email the County Coordinator to receive a sample copy.



Program Coordinator/Speaker

May 18 Nevada Library Annex Laura & Nancy - DNA Testing: How Are You Related? Who Are Our Common Ancestors? (videos)
Jun 15


Nevada Family History Center, 1101 N. Olive St., Nevada, MO

Sally - Tour / orientation of the Nevada Family History Center. How to get the most from searches on the FamilySearch website. Access subscription websites without charge on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nevada Family History Center.
Jul 20  


Nevada Library Annex

Marty - "Researching Civil War Soldiers" presented by Midwest Genealogy Center staff. This program will be available to members via Zoom link if unable to attend in person.  Please see the Membership Form link above to join the society.
Aug 17  

Nevada Library Annex

Nancy - "Find a Revolutionary Soldier in Your Lineage" Search in the Daughters of the American Revolution online database.
Sep 21 Nevada Library Annex Judith - To be announced
Oct 19 To be announced To be announced
Nov 16  

Nevada Library Annex

Marty - "Cemetery Art" presented by Midwest Genealogy Center staff. This program will be available to members via Zoom link if unable to attend in person.  Please see the Membership Form link above to join the society.
Dec 21 To be announced Christmas Luncheon
Jan 18 2023 Nevada Library Annex To be announced


USED BOOKS FOR SALE by the local genealogical society. (List updated Jun 2021)



   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 with 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 or a family member taken a DNA test? 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 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.


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