You should know Birth Records were not mandated to be a State requirement by the State of Missouri until 1906.
Go to: www.sos.mo.gov "Genealogy & History" left side tab bar, then Archives & Databases and then type your surname you are wanting information. Another link to this area are Births, Stillbirths and Deaths which covers the years 1870's -1890's. The age of the Mother and Father, birth place of parents was often listed as well as the number of births including the one stated. The file location to find the document(s) is also given on the microfilm number, and frame number.
To verify an 1852 birth, you should look on the 1860 Federal Census when names, ages and gender were required for submittal to the Census Records. The child would have been at least 7 years of age but nor more than 8, if 1852 is the correct birth year. The 1900 Federal Census increased required information and required month of birth, year of birth and number of years, Nationality and Place of Birth. You'll need to go to a Public library with a Genealogy Department that has Microfils of the Federal Censuses for viewing on a projector. You should be able to print out the sheet with your ancestor's information. The later Censuses provided incredible information to those borth between 1820-1840 when age of person was "about" # years old and the State of Birth was previously given as USA. Ireland is stated in a lot of immigrants surnames.
Church Baptismal records and Church Histories would record the babies name and possible parents names so this is a good place to look.
Several of the area Counties (Lawrence, Barry, Newton, Jasper) may have county publications that have records of early births and pubilshed this infomration in booklet form to researchers. Check www.usgenweb.com/Missouri and then click on "Newton County" to see their Archives on line. I know Newton County has published the 1880, 1900 and possibly 1910 Censuses in book form.
The State of Missouri now has Death Certificates on line posted for 1910-1955 INDEX. Only the years from 1910 to 1929 and possibly 1930 can be printed on your Home PC until the following years are transcribed for Internet. The Year of Death, County Location & File Number is still listed and can be seen to request that particular record.
IF the parents of this child you seek died between 1890-1910 they should be listed on the pre 1910 Death listing. I have found and seen some Death Certificates for the 1950s probably because the County of Record had a small number of deaths compared to Kansas City or Greene County areas.
The last place to find a birth in 1852 would be the area newspapers published at the time. If Newton County was established in 1864 or so, then look in Barry County which had been formed about 1839(?). Newspapers of this time would fill small columns of births to show their growth and increase of population. This is a long shot but well worth the search.
Greene County MO has a series of pubilshed booklets called "Newspaper Abstracts" which is nicely indexed by Surname, Given name and grouped by years. I found an 1865 Probate for my 6th GGGF listed in a Volume which had a Newton County Clerk's name seeking all debtors and claims against the Estate of. I had my confirmation of death year!
Knowing that communication was imperative to the area, don't look just in Newton County--Check Lawrence, Barry, Jasper and Greene Counties for information regarding Newspapers and BIRTHS.
A Lawrence County Researcher
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