Reynolds County Missouri Genealogy Information - This is historic Reed Springs outside of Centerville, MO

Reynolds County Missouri Genealogy Information and Links
Southeast Missouri Genealogy and History

Researching your family history in Reynolds County, Missouri can also be very challenging.  If you have not yet read our Missouri History Timelines, we feel that it will be beneficial for you to do so before proceeding. Below you will find links to Reynolds County Missouri cemeteries, Reynolds County marriage records, the Reynolds County Historical Society and Reynolds County Missouri message boards and forums. 

For those of you researching genealogy in Reynolds County, the following information may be helpful.  Reynolds County was formed from land acquired from Shannon County and was designated as Reynolds County in February of 1845.  Between 1812 and 1845, Reynolds County was at various times a part of the following counties:  Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Madison, Ripley, Washington and Shannon.  It may be helpful to research the genealogical resources in these other counties if you are having difficulty uncovering information in Reynolds County.

To further complicate Reynolds County genealogical research, all records prior to 1872 no longer exist.  The Reynolds County Courthouse in Centerville burned to the ground and all records were destroyed.  Please take our website tour of historic towns, villages and settlements in Reynolds County.  The historical information will assuredly be helpful to your research.  Or, click the town, village or settlement of interest to you in your genealogy research.  Please note that the towns or settlements marked with an asterisk * no longer exist on modern Missouri maps.  You will be taken to a town or community near these historic settlements where information on these historic communities is discussed.

A vast amount of genealogy research has been done on the early families of Reynolds County by the dedicated people at the Reynolds County Genealogy Society and Museum in Ellington.  Many of the gaps in Reynolds County history have been filled in through exhaustive research and dedication.  This information is available on site and we encourage you to travel to our beautiful area to see for yourself. Here are other links that may be helpful to you.

Brand new Reynolds County Historical Society & Museum celebrated the Grand opening of a brand new building in May 2011!
Visit the new website right here.

Reynolds County Museum

233 South 2nd Street in Ellington.
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday/Friday/2nd Saturday of month 10-4
Call 573-663-3233
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Here are other links that may be helpful to you:
Reynolds County Historical Society  links to Reynolds County Missouri records
Reynolds County MO Cemeteries & Marriage Records 1870-1891
Reynolds County MO   wonderful old photographs including the West Fork School
Reynolds County MO message board
Reynolds County MO Genealogy Forum
Reynolds County History Museum, 233 South 2nd St, Ellington, Missouri - Call 573-663-3233 - handy tool to search your family history

Click here for Reynolds County Missouri Lodging

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