Genealogy Research

Genealogy Research
Neosho/Newton County Library staff in the Genealogy Department may do very limited research that can be accomplished within 30 minutes for copy and postage cost.
The GFOL Corresponding Secretary or an assistant will do more extensive genealogy research according to the following fee schedule:

  • Photocopy of obituary from obituary file -- $3.00 per obituary
  • Photocopy from microfilm of birth, marriage, death record/obituary with an exact date of the event -- $4.00 per event
  • Available Newton County resources -- $12.00 per hour plus photocopy costs and postage.

Fees must be paid via US funds, personal check or money order to the Genealogy Friends of the Library at P.O. Box 314, Neosho, MO 64850-0314. Inclusion of a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is appreciated. A deposit of at least $12.00 is required in advance before any research in available Newton County resources is done.
When requesting research, please include a pedigree chart and/or family group sheet giving as much information as possible in order to aid the search. For more information, e-mail
Please remember that all GFOL researchers are volunteers with limited time available to work on research requests. We thank you for your patience while we process your request!

A partial list of Newton County resources is given below:

Newspapers: Diamond News, Jan. 4, 1951 - Dec. 29, 1966 Newton County News, Aug. 14, 1890 - June 27, 1907 Miner and Mechanic, Oct. 25, 1879 - Dec. 31, 1971 Neosho Daily News, Jan. 1988 - April 1993. No indexes.
Newspaper Obituaries: Incomplete, most between mid 1930s to current.
Cemetery Records: Most have been canvassed and indexed.
Census Records: Newton County; 1840, 1850, 1860, 1880, 1910, indexed Newton County; 1870, 1900, 1920, 1930, on microfilm, not indexed Newton County; 1880 Soundex (listing of each family with children 10 years of age and younger)
Neosho City Directories: 1936, 1938, 1940, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1961-63, 1969, 1976-79, 1982-84, 1986-89, 1991
Neosho Telephone Directories: 1919-21, 1931-36, 1938-46, 1957-94
Camp Crowder Telephone Directory: 1945
Newton County Birth and Death Records: 1883 and 1884 only
Newton County Circuit Court Records: 1839-1886 on microfilm, indexed
Newton County Deeds: 1839-1887 on microfilm, indexed
Newton County Marriages: 1863-1985 with the exception of years 1914-24, indexed.
Newton County Probate Records: 1847-1890 with general index.
Newton County Wills: 1865-1920 with index.
Pioneers of the Six Bulls by Larry James: Over 40 volumes of collected genealogy records including cemetery, family and Bible, Newton County Poor Farm, Census records, etc. Indexed.
Goodspeed's History of Newton and McDonald County, indexed.
Bigham Funeral Home Records: 1916-45, indexed.
Thompson Funeral Home Records, Vol. 1: 1928-44, indexed Thompson Funeral Home Records, Vol. 2: 1945-55, indexed