Cass County Records
In 2003, Cass County researchers Brenda Marble and Debbi Lehr finished their 4-year task of walking every cemetery in the county. Their ambitious undertaking involved piecing together pre-existing cemetery records, obituaries, funeral home records, and death certificates. Once they had finished this research, their findings were compiled and published in a ten-volume set. The CCPL Genealogy Branch was gifted a hardcopy set of these invaluable books and we have made the master index available to our patrons here. In addition to the information found on the headstones, this resource also provides marriage dates and places, parents’ and spouses’ names, causes of death, and directions to the cemetery. After locating the individual you are looking or in the Master Index, you can visit the Genealogy Branch to view the records.
The Cass County Historical Society provides a host of resources for genealogical and historical researchers. The Margaret Wade Archives holds thousands of primary resources, indexes, artifacts, and more. Visit the Historical Society’s website for more information on the resources they offer and their hours.
Records at the Genealogy Branch
The CCPL Genealogy Branch is home to over 5,000 reference materials and our collection is constantly expanding. These materials aren’t limited to Cass County and the surrounding area - we also have a multitude of resources for other counties in Missouri, other states, and other countries. It’s possible to find anything from 18th century Tennessee divorce records to an index of Revolutionary War pensions to a book about the Cherokee Freedmen here on our shelves.
These collections include Cass County Home records, funeral home records, local family collections, and more. Visit our Digital & Indexed Collections page to access these curated genealogical and historical collections.
The Genealogy Branch holds over 150 Cass County deed books on microfilm dating from 1837-1951. For a comprehensive index of available deed books, view our Microfilm Holdings Guide.
Cass County Newspapers
There are twenty-six titles in our newspaper microfilm collection covering all of Cass County. These papers can be viewed using our on-site microfilm viewer and scanner. Print copies can be acquired for a fee of 15 cents per page. A list of available titles and dates, check our Newspaper Holdings Guide.
Civil War in Cass County
Explore the Civil War through the lives of Burnt District residents with this full-color 18-panel exhibit.
- Swampland Patents
- Patents for land in Missouri granted to the state by an Act of Congress in 1850 to fund swamp drainage.
- Tax Deeds Assessed, 1847-1878
- Tax Deeds Purchased, 1847-1878
- Records documenting the sale of land for non-payment of taxes. Purchasers and delinquent tax payers are both indexed.
- Township School Land Patents
- Federal land bequeathed to the state was sold, with profits going to build schools and/or pay teachers.
Search over 5,000 Federal land records generated for land in Cass County, including Cash Entry, Homestead, and Military Warrant patents. Also available in this database are Survey Plats and Field Notes, Land Status Records, and Control Document Index Records.