Resources – Jordan R. Bentley Genealogy Library

The following resources are available in the Jordan R. Bentley Genealogy Library at the Chariton County Museum. These records are available to the public for independent research. Copies of any records are available for a nominal fee.

If you are not finding what you are looking for, CCHS offers custom research for a small fee. Contact us if you are interested.

Available Resources

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Birth Records

  • Index of births from 1883 – 1887 (actual records can be found in County Clerk’s office)
  • Some copies of birth certificates from 1910-1960’s (records were found in basement of former Berry Funeral Home in Salisbury)
  • Recent birth announcements from county newspapers

Click here to view an index of birth records available in the genealogy library.

Death Records

  • Index of deaths from 1883-1887 (actual records can be found in County Clerk’s office)
  • Some copies of death certificates from 1910 – 1960’s (records were found in basement of former Berry Funeral Home in Salisbury)
  • Cemetery transcriptions from 1980’s courtesy of Robert and May Couch
  • Funeral home records: McLaughlin, Heisel, Carr, Garnett-Hyde, Winkelmeyer, Berry
  • Obituaries – some from late 1800’s to current
  • Funeral cards
  • Photographs of several county cemeteries (a work in progress)
  • Specific cemetery records from:
    • Elliot Grove Cemetery – courtesy of Bob Magruder
    • Brunswick City Cemetery – courtesy of Bob Magruder
    • McCullough Cemetery – courtesy of McCullough Cemetery Association
    • Winn Cemetery – courtesy of George Wynne

Click here to view an index of death records available in the genealogy library.

Census Records

  • Federal census records for Chariton County 1830 – 1900 (copied from the original and indexed by May Bartee Couch)

County Newspapers

The following county newspaper microfilm is available for the following newspapers:

Newspaper:Dates:
Brunswick (various titles)1847 - December 1983 (except for 1978)
Salisbury (various titles)1857 - December 1982
Keytesville (various titles)1872 - July 1995
Misc. County NewspapersVarious Dates

Family Histories

Many family histories and miscellaneous information have been donated to the genealogy library over the years. Some are detailed and some information is just a few pages. Please consider donating a copy of your family history, whether complete or not, as they are great sources of information for other researchers.

Click here to view an index of family histories available in the genealogy library.

Marriage Records

  • Chariton County marriage records with index from 1821 – 1994 (these are copies of the original records that can be found in the County Recorder’s office)

Probate Records

We have a large number of probate records available, starting with September 20, 1860. Click here to view an index of the records we have available.

Obituaries

We have a large number of obituaries available. Click here to view an index of the obituaries we have available.

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