In the near future, a more comprehensive website will be completed which will provide more detailed information including area cemeteries, prominent regional surnames, and interesting stories about the brave families that settled here long ago. Please check back in the near future for a link to our new comprehensive resource guide.
In the meantime, we hope that by providing a bit of Missouri history, your research will be a bit easier.
After the Louisiana purchase in 1800, this region was a part of the territory of “Louisiana” which included all or part of present-day Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Idaho. After Louisiana became a state in 1812, the remaining Upper Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory and was divided in to five original counties. Our present Iron and Reynolds counties were considered a part of the new county of Ste. Genevieve in the brand new Missouri Territory. For a much more detailed account of the early history of our region, please click here.
The Missouri Territory was finally admitted as the 24th state in the Union in 1821. As more and more new settlers came to Missouri, these original five counties were divided and subdivided to serve the needs of the area populations until ultimately, 114 counties existed as of 1862. Keep in mind that many of the early settlers moved back and forth between the areas now known as Reynolds County and Iron County. In addition, a part of Reynolds County became a part of Iron County in 1857.