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Ray County Courthouse
100 Main St.
Richmond, MO 64085-1710
Open: Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm

Associate Circuit Court
Court of Common Appeals County Court Recorder of Deeds
Municipal Court Probate Records Miscellaneous

Missouri State Archives - Guide to Ray County and Municipal - Records on Microfilm

Assessors Office

Missouri Pioneer Book

contains the Ray County Assessor's List for 1821

The names listed were copied from the original records in the Assessor's office in the Ray County Court House at Richmond. At the time of this tax list 1821 Ray County covered all of the areas now included in the counties of Clay, Carroll, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Worth, Caldwell, Daviess, Harrison, Livingston, Grundy, and Mercer.

Assessor's List for 1821online

Joan Graham Atkinson

Associate Circuit Court, Probate Division Clerk

phone (816)776
Probate 1821-present .
Guardianship 1821-present .
Tree climber notes, Ray County, MO Includes index. Includes land records, obituaries, cemetery records, probate records, birth, marriage, death, and other genealogical records. Library has: Vols. 1-3. Lawson, Mo. : Family Tree Climbers, 1979- FHL 977.819 D2t

Court of Common Appeals

Court records Court records, vol. A, 1867-1870; index, 1867-1874 FHL 959756
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Circuit Court

phone (816)776-3377
Divorce 1824-present .
Civil Cases 1824-present .
Naturalization (incomplete) 1903-1945 .
Name index to the first twenty years of Ray County, Missouri, Circuit Court records, 1820-1840 compiled by Fred D. Woods FHL 6038216

FHL 977.819 P22w

State Hist Soc F508.3 R211wo

Index for Sale

Court records, 1821-1882; index to court records, 1821-1888 Index to court records, v. A-B 1821-1888 Index to files (index to case & file box numbers) dates not given FHL 959748
Court records, v. A-B 1821-1846 FHL 959749
Court records, v. C-D 1846-1858 FHL 959750
Court records, v. E-F 1858-1863 FHL 959751
Court records, v. G-H 1863-1867 FHL 959752
Court records, v. J-K 1867-1874 (v. 1 missing) FHL 959753
Court records, v. L-M 1874-1878 FHL 959754
Court records, v. N-O 1878-1882 FHL 959755

County Clerk

phone (816)776-4502
Birth Records 1886-1890 .
Death Records 1883-1886 .

Recorder of Deeds

phone (816-776-4500)
Marriages 1820-present .
Land and Deeds 1820-present .
Abstract Index to Deeds 1820 - 1872, vols 1-3 for rent/sale
Abstract Index to Deeds 1872 - 1882, vols 4 and 5 for rent/sale
Abstract Index to Deeds 1882 - 1886, vol 6 for rent/sale
Original Land Entries Two volumes of the first entrants for land in what is now Ray county. They are listed by township, range and section then by name, date and land description. Vol #1 and Vol #2 Book for Sale
Military Discharges 1919-present .
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Municipal Court

Probate Records

General Index to Probate Records 1823 - 1898 vols 1-3

Lists name of person the action was taken on, name of Administrator or guardian, page number in index, File # and Box number, and first date given. The years in these books do overlap, from one book to the next.

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Book 1 1823-1873 Transcriptions by Joyce Anderson Swearingin
Book 2 1865-1888 Transcriptions by Joyce Anderson Swearingin
Book 3 1875-1898 Transcriptions by Joyce Anderson Swearingin


Index to the First Surveyor's Book of Ray County, MO The Medders Vanderpool, surveyor 1830 to 1847. Names are in alphabetical order, date surveyed and the pages that they can be found on in the original book that is located in the Ray County Genealogical Library.

abstracted by Pauline Brown ; complied by the Ray County Genealogical Association.

Published Richmond, Mo. : The Association, c1990.

Index For Sale


MC 977.819 B814 AFRA

Resident taxpayers of Ray County, Mo Cowles, Edgar M. [from old catalog]

comprising the names and occupation of all resident taxpayers in the county, arranged alphabetically, according to post-office addresses.

Published/Created: [Hardin? Mo., c1894]

Description: [66] p. 23 cm. LC Classification: F472.R2 C87

LC 15013249

Poll Book of the Election of Marion Township, Aug. 1836

This book was found Feb. 21, 1918 and was brought to the offices of the Richmond Missourian where it was first published and the names of Ray county voters in the year 1836 were published. This section of land known as Marion Twp. was later to be incorporated into Caldwell county

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MC=Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO; STATE HIST SOC = Missouri State Historical Society, Ray=Ray County Public Library, FHL=Family History Library; LC=Library of Congress

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