Place:Phelps, Missouri, United States

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Phelps County is a county located in south-central Missouri in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it included the mean center of U.S. population in 2000. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,156. The largest city and county seat is Rolla. The county was officially organized on November 13, 1857, and was named after U.S. Representative and Governor of Missouri John Smith Phelps.

Much of the county is included within the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area (AVA). Vineyards and wineries were first established in the county by Italian immigrants in Rolla. Since the 1960s, winemakers have revived and created numerous vineyards in Missouri and won national and international tasting awards.

The first Phelps County Court convened on November 25, 1857 in the John Dillon cabin. The historic courthouse was begun in mid-summer of 1860, used as a Union hospital during the American Civil War and served as the courthouse until February 1994, at which time all county offices were relocated in the new Phelps County Courthouse. The new courthouse was dedicated on May 22, 1994.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1857 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1883 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 5,714
1870 10,506
1880 12,568
1890 12,636
1900 14,194
1910 15,796
1920 14,941
1930 15,308
1940 17,437
1950 21,504
1960 25,396
1970 29,481
1980 33,633
1990 35,248

Research Tips

External links

http://www.rootsweb.com/~mophelps/phelps.htm

There is a Goodspeed's local history for this county, written in 1889, available free and searchable at: [1]

Searchable death certificates, with images, for deaths between 1910 and 1957, are available free online at [2] Searchable birth and death records for pre-1910 births/stillbirths/deaths are available free online at [3] Both of the above databases are from the Missouri State Archives.

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