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Welcome to Moniteau County, Missouri Genealogy!


This site is part of the MOGenWeb project!


Your county coordinator is Alan Sparks.




Moniteau County Links


Moniteau County Historical Society Library

Moniteau County Historical Society Museum

California Democrat

Tipton Times


California Commercial District Survey Report from 2008


Pictures for 139 cemeteries in Moniteau County

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The Historical Society cemetery books list over 21,000 burials. With the current project of updating these listings, Moniteau County now has over 28,300 recorded burials in 179 known cemeteries. It is an ongoing project to update these online as they are updated in the Historical Society's database. 


These can be searched using the Search box below or on the cemetery page.


Moniteau County has been home to veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current middle east conflicts. Here is a listing of known veterans up to the Mexican War of 1846-1847.


There are 3 prominent Veterans memorials in Moniteau County.

Together, they list nearly 6,000 Moniteau County veterans from all wars and conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the current worldwide conflicts:


High Point


1850 Census

1850 Census - Slave Schedule

1850 Census - Mortality Schedule

1860 Census - Not posted

1860 Census - Slave Schedule

1860 Census - Mortality Schedule
1870 Census - Complete

1880 Census - Not posted
1890 Census - Complete

Full transcriptions of the Moniteau County Census with links to images in the Moniteau County Archives.


Moniteau County currently has three high schools



School Website

Aurora Alumni Association

Lists all CHS alumni since 1885



School Website



School Website


And 3 Elementary/Middle/Jr High Schools


School Website


High Point

School Website



School Website

School History


In the past there have been at least five other high schools

Clarksburg -- 1910s-1955

Fortuna -- 1933-1944



Latham -- 1923-1946

Post Offices

The first Post Office in what is now Moniteau County was established at what is now Jamestown in 1830. At present, there are 8 active Post Offices in Moniteau County.


All marriage records from 1845 to 2022 have been posted by Bride and Groom.


History of many Moniteau County Churches. A work in progress.

County Commissioners

A listing and brief biography of the Moniteau County judges and commissioners.

California Mayors

A listing and brief biography of California Mayors.


Lists of letters left at Post Office in California from various early issues of California newspapers

Community History



High Point




Sandy Hook



Other extinct, small villages including:


Mount Vernon

Other genealogical links


Ancestry's Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Online Search (Ancestry.com)
National Archives and Records Administration


USGenWeb Links

Special Projects

MoGenWeb Archives Project


Census Project
WorldGenWeb Missouri Tombstone Transcription Project



Moniteau County, Missouri


Moniteau County was formed in 1845 from Cole and Morgan Counties. It is bordered on the north and northwest by Cooper county, on the west and southwest by Morgan, on the south by Miller, on the east and southeast by Cole and on the northeast, across the Missouri River, by Boone county.

California-Jamestown Area Veterans Memorial

California Progress, Inc. (CPI) dedicated the Latham Memorial Family Park in California. The park was developed on the site of the Latham Hospital. The requirement to have a name on the memorial is for the veteran to have lived in Walker Township (California, McGirk areas) or Linn Township (Jamestown, Lupus, Sandy Hook areas) of Moniteau County at some point in their life and not be an active service member. CPI has decided to not include active service members at this time.


This page lists the 3,110 names submitted to the engravers and information about how to submit a name for future inclusion on the memorial. In Summer 2023, an additional 139 names were engraved on the memorial for a total of nearly 3,250 names that range in service from the Revolutionary War to the recent Middle East conflicts.


Obituary Indexes

Moniteau County Herald


Over 10,200 Entries

California Democrat


Over 29,000 Entries

Tipton Times


Over 16,000 Entries

  1932-1949 1871-1899
1889-1921 1950-1969 1900-1929
1922-1946 1970-1989 1930-1949
  1990-2004 1950-1969
  2005-2018 1970-1989

All of these pages should be searchable here




Moniteau County has several long time businesses that were started over 50 years ago and continue today. Below are some of these businesses that started prior to 1972 and a brief history of each.


Active Businesses


(No longer in business)

5 & 50 Drive-In

Hug Chiropractic Clinic Beauty Bar

Arkansas Valley Feathers, Inc.

Koechner Manufacturing Bixler's

Blankenship Insurance

MFA Cooperative Association (California)

Tipton Chevrolet (last being Hainen Chevrolet)

Bond Pharmacy

MFA Cooperative Association (Tipton)

Dairy Queen

Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home

Missouri Pacific Railroad

Family Shoe Store

Burgers' Ozark Country Cured Hams

Moniteau County Ready Mix

Hainen Buick (also pre-1929)

Cal's Thriftway

Paradise Donuts (Daylight Doughnut Shop)

Nic Nac Cafe

California Lanes (Leisure Lanes)

The Peoples Bank of Moniteau County

Reed's Department Store

California Construction Supplies

Phillips Funeral Home

Service Stations
California Chrysler

Proctor Lumber (Tipton)

Tipton Manufacturing Co.

California Democrat

Putnam Chevrolet

Woolen Mill
California Motel

Rehagen Heating & Cooling (Twin City)


Cargill, Inc.

Sakelaris Ford


Central Bank (Farmers & Traders)

Shelter Insurance (Tipton)


Chuck's Barber Shop

Simpson Barber Shop


Commerce Bank (Moniteau National)

State Farm Insurance


Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

Stonner Dentistry

Dala's Bridal Boutique

Sydenstricker Equipment


K. A. Dutcher Paint Co.

Tipton Ready Mix


Mr. G's Liquor

Tipton Times


Gerbes (started in Tipton)

Twin Pine Motel


Hainen Ford

VisionHealth Eye Care  



History of Moniteau County, Missouri Volume II Year 2000 is still available!

The Moniteau County Historical Society has published Volume II of the History of Moniteau County and Families. The last History of Moniteau County and Families was written in 1980. Many years from now these histories and stories will be a valued possession. This is a unique way of celebrating the end of a millennium and to begin the year 2000. This new history is available for pickup by special arrangement or by mail. Click the info button below for ordering instructions.

Click for 2000 History book ordering information

The 2000 book is 860 pages including a surname index! The price is $25 + $7.50 postage. Please click on the Info button for ordering information.


Snail Mail Addresses

Moniteau County Historical Society
201 N. High
California, MO 65018

The Historical Society Library is now OPEN every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. during April through October.

These following offices refer all genealogical inquiries to the Historical Society. Any questions, please email Alan Sparks.

Moniteau County Clerk
200 E. Main
California, MO 65018

Moniteau County Circuit Clerk
200 E. Main
California, MO 65018

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