I am Renessa Wiggins, Webmistress and Coordinator for the Jasper County, MOGenWeb site. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.
These pages are undergoing a complete overhaul. Please excuse our dust. Thank you
Lakeside Bridge copyright Brenda Langston
Jasper county was formed from Newton County in 1841.
Which was formed from Barry County in 1838
Barry county was formed in 1835 from Greene County
County level records are generally kept within the parent county.
I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of your Jasper County roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I do not live in Jasper County and do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.
Make sure you check the "Research Resources" section! There are books on line: The Biographical Record of Jasper County, A History of Jasper County, Missouri, and its People, Vol. 1 by Joel Livingston, 1883 History of Jasper County and An Illustrated HISTORICAL ATLAS MAP of Jasper County, Missouri, Carefully Compiled From Personal Examinations and Surveys, books for sale, newspaper articles, helpful links, look up volunteers and local researchers to help you out.
We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."
Dr. C.C. Coats
B. J. Cooper
If you have questions or problems with this site, email Renessa Wiggins. Please do not ask for specific research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Jasper County and do not have access to additional records.