If you have any questions about our Genealogy department in Pineville, please call us at 417-223-4489 and ask for Velta Strong (our genealogy specialist).
Or you can email her your genealogy inquiries at:

The McDonald County Library Obituary Database Project



All obituaries entered prior to 2009 are available to search in a simple tabular text format here.

(To make it easier to search, this database has vital information only… Names, maiden names, dates, cemeteries, and newspaper of record. If you need a copy of the entire, original obituary, please contact the library staff.)

We’re very excited about this project, as it makes searching for information about your McDonald county area ancestors much, much easier.


For full, high-resolution scans of McDonald county area school yearbooks, click here.

Heritage Quest


Click here to access HeritageQuest!

Media Archives

Our library is currently  storing miscellaneous digital materials on our Media Server for our patrons to explore.

Of particular interest to genealogy researchers are our scanned obituary clippings and area cemetery / headstone photos.

This is a new project started in 2014, and we are adding everything we can to make material available for our website visitors. If you have historical or genealogy records, photos, data or just about anything else that pertains to McDonald county that you are willing to share, please contact the Main Library in Pineville at 417-223-4489, and let us know you have something to donate to our “digital media server collection.”

We are especially interested in anything that is already in digital format. Scanned images (photographs/jpgs) and text files/PDFs are most helpful! Thank you!

McDonald County Recorder  – Historical Records

If you go to the McDonald County Recorders of Deeds website:

1. Click on the link:
2. Simply click the “Sign-in as a guest” button (do not enter anything in the User ID and password fields)
3. Click on “MCDONALD” as the county to search
4. You are now able to search any name for a marriage license (or other recorded documents) in our county:

You can search for any of the following:

– Records relating to real estate ownership in the county. Land records start in 1865.
– Marriage licenses. Marriage records start in 1865.
– Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county.
– State and federal tax liens.

Thanks to Kenny & Amey at the McDonald County Recorder’s Office we’ve also compiled the following for your convenience:

Index of all Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009

McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2010

McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2011

These indexes include all marriage licenses issued in McDonald county from October 1865 to December 2009, 2010 and 2011. There are also instructions on how to order printed copies of the original record kept on file at the County Recorder’s office. The index can be viewed online, organized by the husband’s last name, or the entire index can be downloaded onto your computer in a spreadsheet format.

A great resource for genealogists and historians!

Area Cemetery Information

McDonald County Cemeteries – A partial listing of the Cemeteries in McDonald County, hosted by the US GenWeb / Missouri GenWeb projects.

Missouri Gravestone Photo Project – Browse over 42,000 (as of Dec. 2015) gravestone photo records from across Missouri.

AHGP Missouri Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project – A different partial listing of the Cemeteries in McDonald County, hosted by the American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP).

ePodunk offers a McDonald Co. Cemetery List, which also provides some useful maps to help you locate the actual cemeteries.

Additional Resources

The State Historical Society of Missouri Digital Collection – Provides online access to journals, photographs, newspapers, and oral histories telling the story of Missouri’s history, people, and culture.

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy  – Provides information about getting started on genealogy and additional resources.