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Jump to Kansas vital records At the Kansas Historical Society we rarely go a day without a request from a family researcher for birth, death and marriage records for their Kansas ancestors. Genealogy resources Kansas newspaper database - the largest collection in Kansas Vital records - where to look in Kansas Search the Archives Catalog for state records and manuscripts.
The information contained in these records varies from place to place.
Unfortunately, in Kansas, it can be difficult to track down early records. Home » Research » Genealogy indexes.
Sometimes early vital statistics registers can still be found at the county or city offices that recorded the event, or at a local genealogical society or public library. Contact information for historical and genealogical societies, public libraries and other local places that might have preserved vital records are available on the Kansas GenWeb site. Records Between and Between about and births, deaths and marriages may have been recorded at the county or city clerk's office in register volumes. Beginning August 2, visitors six and older are required to wear masks in the State Archives.
Before For birth and death records, check the Archives Catalog for county records on microfilmbut very few counties in Kansas have records that early. In Kansas, marriage s did not include the names of the parents unless the bride or groom was underage. Educate Classroom materials Tours and events Professional support.
Check the Archives Catalog for information about records from specific missions. Additional information may be found in church records, newspapers, cemetery books and other materials in our collection.
Marriage and Divorce Records Marriages before May were recorded in the district court in the county where the marriage took place. Check the Archives Catalog for county marriage records available on microfilm.
Some medical exemptions apply. Search our Kansas newspapers database to see what papers are available on microfilm.
Not all of these registers have survived. At the Kansas Historical Society we rarely go a day without a request from a family researcher for birth, death and marriage records for their Kansas ancestors. Divorces records for were recorded in the private laws section of the Territorial Legislature's Session Laws. Our Kansas Marriage Index, contains territorial marriage notices that have been compiled from newspapers and other sources. At the Kansas Historical Society we have copies of some county and city vital statistics registers on microfilm.
Records After The State of Kansas started keeping official records of births and deaths on July 1, Marriage s were required beginning inbut they were not filed at the state level until May 1, To order copies of vital records after those dates, you need to contact the Kansas Office of Vital StatisticsCharles B.
Birth Verification Searches Our reference staff can search state and federal census records up to and provide certified copies for birth date verification. Before Some pre-territorial vital records are included in the records from Indian missions.
If KSHS doesn't have microfilm of the probate index or case files for that countysee the directory of Kansas District Courts for contact information. We encourage visitors to contact by phone or to schedule an appointment.
Some of this microfilm is being digitized by the Family Search website. These are available for interlibrary loan to other libraries.
Divorce records were recorded in the district courts at the county seat from until July Check the Archives Catalog for microfilm of county divorce records. We have the largest collection of Kansas newspapers on microfilm in the state.
Search our online catalog Contact our reference staff for the rest of our holdings Use Ancestry. The best way to confirm an early date of birth is the nearest Kansas state or federal censuswhich was taken every five years between and To find a date of death, check the probate court index for the county of death to see if a case was filed. Information that may be found in Kansas vital records: Birth records Child's name Date of birth Place of birth Parent's names and sometimes mother's maiden name Place of residence if different from place of birth Marriage records Names of bride and groom Date Place Death records Name of deceased Death date Place of death Cause of death Age at time of death Occupation Place of birth Names of parents and their places of birth Name of spouse Name of person giving the information and the informant's relationship to the deceased Race is listed in some records.
For copies of official divorce records after Julycontact the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics. For certified copies of a census record afteryou can request an age search from the U. Census Bureau. These can be searched for death, birth and marriage announcements.