Welcome to the Cooper County, Missouri
Genealogical Web Site
( A MOGenWeb Project )

           On a dark and stormy night on April 14, 1814, Sarshall Cooper lived in one of the angles of Cooper's fort located north of the Missouri River in present day Howard County.  While sitting around the fire with his family and friends an Indian made a hole in the fort just large enough to hold the muzzle of his rifle.  When the deed was done, Sarshall Cooper lay lifeless at the feet of his family.  Sarshall Cooper was a natural leader of men and a natural for the wilderness.  Instrumental in the settlement of the region, it was natural that when all of the land of Howard County, Missouri south of the river was to be formed into a new county; that the new county should be named after this frontiersman.  And on December 17, 1818 it became fact. 
          Cooper County as originally formed comprised the present day counties of Bates (Formed 1841 from Cass County), Benton (Formed 1835 from Pettis County), Camden (Formed 1841 from Benton County), Cass (Formed 1835 from Jackson County), Cole (Formed 1820 from Cooper County), Henry (Formed 1834 from LaFayette County), Jackson (Formed 1826 from LaFayette County), Johnson (Formed 1834 from LaFayette County), LaFayette (Formed 1820 from Cooper County), Miller (Formed 1837 from Cole County), Moniteau (Formed 1845 from Cole and Morgan Counties), Morgan (Formed 1833 from Cooper County), Pettis (Formed 1833 from Cooper and Saline Counties), St. Clair (Formed 1841 from Henry County), and Saline (Formed 1820 from Cooper and Howard Counties).
          The county seat and offices are located, on the banks of the Missouri River in Boonville. Cooper County is divided into the following townships: Lamine, Blackwater, Clear Creek, Otterville, Pilot Grove, Lebanon, Boonville, Palestine, Kelly, Clark Fork, North Moniteau, South Moniteau, Saline, and Prairie Home.
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           Cooper County is located in the Central Missouri region. Our neighbors are: Boone, Howard, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, and Saline counties. They are all fine counties, but sometimes get a little touchy so I had to list them alphabetically. So once you have finished examing Cooper County, the next logical step would be to search the surounding counties. Logically if your relatives lived near the county border; check the adjoining county. If your ancestors followed the migratory paths from say 1820 through 1910 then you might want to look in the counties of Pettis, Morgan or Saline. Following are the links to the adjoining counties (sorry the map is not a clickable map):
Howard County, Missouri

Saline County, Missouri

Pettis County, Missouri

Boone County, Missouri

Moniteau County, Missouri

Morgan County, Missouri
           The Cooper County Historical Society has issued a new publication as part of its fund raising activities. As always, we are pleased to support their activities. The information on their publication is as follows:
Cooper County Historical Society, Old Pleasant Green "Underground" the Story of the Old Cemetery at the 1825 Pleasant Green Methodist Church, Cooper County, Missouri., Cooper County Historical Society (2007)
 This 32 page publication details the history of the Pleasant Green Methodist Church congreation and the Old Pleasant Green Methodist Church Cemetery. It includes some photographs, a map of Pleasant Green, Missouri, parentage of burials, and some family histories. Here is a chance to pick up some Cooper County History that is not included on this site while at the same time supporting the Cooper County Historical Society.

This publication is available from:
Cooper County Historical Society
P.O. Box 51
Pilot Grove, MO 65276
Price is $10 which includes shipping and handling.

           To fully search for your ancestor or topics, you must utilize several search engines. The most important of these is the Free Find search engine. FreeFind indexes the entire Cooper County MoGenWeb site, which at the time of this writing includes in excess of 1750 documents covering many subject areas (e.g. marriage, church, census, cemetery, and military records) for Cooper County, Missouri.   The site is generally reindexed within a couple of hours after any significant new information is posted to the Cooper County MoGenWeb site.


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           The second search that you need to perform is against the MoCooper e-mail databases. The following search engine will search these databases for any surname or topic. The search engine will take you off-site. There you can change the time periods used to search for entries; which will speed up your searching. The e-mail log files are generally reindexed every ten to 14 days.

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               The third and final search to be performed is against the combined Rootsweb and Ancestory.Com boards. Currently there are fifteen boards. To access the individual boards use the "View Message Type" drop down box once you are enter the web site. While some of the information may be duplicated by the FreeFind engine; the majority of it will not.

    This Cooper County Message Board (opens in a new browser window) is hosted by Rootsweb and Ancestry.Com.