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Below is information on how to research Vernon County,
1883-1910 Database of Officially Reported Births and Deaths in Vernon
to 1883, Missouri counties were not asked to record births and deaths.
Beginning in 1883, counties were asked (but not required) to report
births and deaths. The births and deaths that were recorded in the County Clerk's office
beginning in 1883 are in this database at the
Missouri State Archives website. Because it was not
mandatory to report births or deaths from 1883-1910, many are not
1910-Present Missouri Birth Certificates.
Missouri required birth certificates beginning in 1910. Copies of
original Missouri birth certificates are available from the Dept. of
Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, Missouri; a fee is
required. Use their application at
Application for copy of Birth or Death Certification. Also
enclose a note requesting a copy of the original document (not a
Legal "Birth Certification" documents from about 1985 to present are available at
all Missouri county health departments and also the Dept. of Health and
Senior Services, Jefferson City, MO. This is a legal document which is
computer generated on certificate paper and is "a true certification of
name and birth facts as recorded by the Bureau of Vital Records,
Jefferson City, Missouri." (It is not a copy of the original
document.) The Vernon County Health Department is located at 301 North
Washington Street, Nevada, MO 64772; and the 2019 fee for obtaining a
"Birth Certification" is $15.
These birth documents are
generally restricted to family members.
Death Certificates Over 50 Years Old. Missouri
required death certificates beginning in 1910, and those which are at
least 50 years old are available online without charge from the
Missouri State Archives. Many death certificates will also give a
date of birth. Use "creating spelling," partial names, etc., when
searching in the index.
Social Security Death Index. Birth
information can be found in the SSDI. If the death occurred after
approximately 1962 and the deceased was receiving a Social Security
benefit or the death was reported to the Social Security Administration,
a listing may be found. The SSDI is available online for free at
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535 and also at
All Other Resources for Researching Deaths.
Many resources which are available for researching
deaths will also have birth information.