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Clinton County, Missouri Genealogy

Guide to Clinton County, Missouri ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Plattsburg
Organized: January 2, 1833
Parent County(s): Clay[1]
Neighboring Counties
Buchanan  • Caldwell  • Clay  • Dekalb  • Platte  • Ray
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Location Map
Missouri Clinton County Map.svg.png

County InformationEdit


The County was named for DeWitt Clinton. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Clinton County Courthouse
211 N Main Street
PO Box 245
Plattsburg, MO 64477-0245
Phone: 816-539-3719
Clinton County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1833 and military records from 1919.
Probate Judge has probate records.[3]

Clinton County, Missouri Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1863 1847 1883 1833 1833 1833 1830
Statewide registration started in 1910 for births and deaths. General compliance for births by 1927 and deaths by 1911.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1833 Clinton County was created 2 January 1833 from Clay County.
  • County seat: Plattsburg[5]

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places in Clinton County, MO, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator.
The State Historical Society of Missouri has information on historical Missouri place names for all 114 Missouri Counties.
The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Clinton County, Missouri online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information

Census RecordsEdit

For tips on accessing Clinton County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church RecordsEdit

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.

Cameron First Baptist Church

St. Ann's, Plattsburg

  • 1868-1876 St. Ann's, Plattsburg, Baptism Index 1868-1876. Batch C511761 at FamilySearch
  • 1869-1885 St. Ann's, Plattsburg, Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch M511761 at FamilySearch

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cameron

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Clinton County, Missouri Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Missouri Local Histories.

  • Clinton County in Pictures : a Pictorial Review of Clinton County Commemorating One Hundred Years of Progress. 19--?. U.S. : s.n. Available online at FamilySearch
  • History of Clinton and Caldwell Counties, Missouri. By Carrie Polk Johnston. 1923. Topeka, Kan. : Historical Pub., 1923. Available online at FamilySearch
  • The History of Clinton County, Missouri. 1881. Available online at Google Books
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. 1893. Available online at Google Books. The first part of the book contains biographies of the U.S. presidents. The second part, starting on p.111, contains biographies Buchanan and Clinton county residents.
  • Tattle-tales, Bits and Pieces About the Golden Valley : This is the Way it Was, Clinton, Missouri. By Kathleen White Miles. 1967. Clinton, Missouri : Democrat Publishing Co. Available online at FamilySearch

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Online Records


Service men in Clinton County, Missouri served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Clinton County, Missouri:

- 48th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 48th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 48th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 48th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company F

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information, see United States Probate Records.

In Missouri, probate records have usually been recorded by the clerks of the probate courts, but in some counties the common pleas or circuit courts handled this function. They are frequently indexed.

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Missouri Taxation.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. For additional guidance on researching and using vital records, see United States Vital Records or How to order Missouri Vital Records.

St. Louis and Kansas City recorded births and deaths starting as early as 1850 for deaths and 1870 for births.  The Missouri Department of Health began keeping birth and death records in 1909. County records vary by year and the county. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Missouri Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office or order electronically online.





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




  • Clinton County Historical and Genealogy Society
    515 W. Clay Avenue
    Plattsburg, MO 64477
    Phone: 816-930-1909
  • Cameron Historical Society
    508 South Walnut Street
    Cameron, MO 64429
    Phone: 816-632-3538
  • Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society
    412 Felix Street
    Saint Joseph, MO 64501
    Phone: 816-233-0524
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 382
    Saint Joseph, MO 64502


  • Missouri Digital Heritage. Free. digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
  • MOGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • FamilySearch Catalog . Free. - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  • RootsWeb resources. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • StateofUS. Free. family history resources and government records
  • Missouri Genealogy. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)

Research GuidesEdit


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton, Missouri," in,_Missouri. accessed 9/06/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Missouri. Page 397-407 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 393-397.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County, Missouri," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, Clinton County Missouri, accessed 17 August 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at