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Hello and welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for Morgan County, Missouri. As we believe all data should be without cost, our goal at Genealogy Trails is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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Brief History of Morgan County

Established: January 5, 1833
Parent County: Cooper
County Seat: Versailles
Named After: Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War general

The settlement of this area began in the 1820s. The county was organized on January 5, 1833. Morgan County's first courthouse in Versailles was a log building that was purchased and reconstructed on the square in 1836. It remained in use until 1843, when it was removed for the construction of a more permanent building. Construction was completed in 1844. It was a rectangular, two-story, brick building. The voters agreed to the building of a new courthouse in 1884. While under construction, the old courthouse was destroyed by fire.

The norther half of the county is prairie land while the southern half is wooded hills and bottomlands. The county consists of 594 square miles and has an approximate population of 20,000. The economy of Morgan County was altered by the construction of the Bagnell Dam (1929-1931) and the formation of the Lake of the Ozarks along its southern border.

List of Townships and Towns

Morgan County lies between Townships 40 - 45 of Ranges 16 - 19 (Source: Public Land Survey).

Our townships, with the towns that lie withing them are as follows:

Morgan County Addresses

You may find these addresses helpful in your research of Morgan County, Missouri.

Morgan County Courthouse
100 E. Newton St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084
(573) 378-5436
Note: The original courthouse burned in 1887, but the records were saved.

Morgan County Library
600 N. Hunter St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084
(573) 378-5319
Hours of Operation: Tue - Fri: 9AM - 5:30PM; Sat: 9AM - 1PM
Note: They have a small section for local genealogy.

Morgan County Historical Society
120 N. Monroe St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084
Note: The historical Martin Hotel museum has finally reopened after 2 years of extensive renovations. It is now open year around and the hours are Tues - Fri from 12PM - 5PM; Sat from 9AM - 12PM.

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Morgan County Updates

October 2015

September 2015

June 2013