Sedgwick County, Kansas Genealogy

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Guide to Sedgwick County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Wichita
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Butler and Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Cowley  • Harvey  • Kingman  • Reno  • Sumner
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Sedgwick. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N Main Street
Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: 316.383.7666
Sedgwick County Website

District Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1870.
District Civil Court has court records.
County Clerk has land records from 1887.
Community Health Department (1900 E. 9th, Wichita, KS 67214) has birth and death records. [3]

Sedgwick County, Kansas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1884 1870 1884 1870 1887 1870 1855
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Greenwich Heights
  • Murray Gill
  • Peck
  • Prospect
  • St. Marks
  • St. Mary Aleppo
  • St. Paul
Census-designated places
  • Afton
  • Attica
  • Delano
  • Eagle
  • Erie
  • Garden Plain
  • Grand River
  • Grant
  • Greeley
  • Gypsum
  • Illinois
  • Kechi
  • Lincoln
  • Minneha
  • Morton
  • Ninnescah
  • Ohio
  • Park
  • Payne
  • Riverside
  • Rockford
  • Salem
  • Sherman
  • Union
  • Valley Center
  • Viola
  • Waco
Ghost towns
  • Davidson
  • Hatfield
  • Huckle
  • Jamesburg
  • Marshall
  • Oatville
  • Wichita Heights

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sedgwick County, Kansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kansas Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 1,095
1880 18,753 1612.6%
1890 43,626 132.6%
1900 44,037 0.9%
1910 73,095 66.0%
1920 92,234 26.2%
1930 136,330 47.8%
1940 143,311 5.1%
1950 222,290 55.1%
1960 343,231 54.4%
1970 350,694 2.2%
1980 366,531 4.5%
1990 403,662 10.1%
2000 452,869 12.2%
2010 498,365 10.0%
Source: "".

Kansas became a territory in 1854 and the first territory census taken was in 1855. It was also enumerated as Kansas Territory in the 1860 Federal Census, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. The state continued to take state censuses after it was admitted to the Union in 1861.[8] See links listed below.

State and Territorial Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.[9] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Kansas Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Kansas Church Records.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kansas Land and Property for additional information about early Kansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

For more information see Kansas Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Sedgwick County, Kansas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Kansas Local Histories.

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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[1882] Historical Atlas of Sedgwick County, Kansas, published by John P. Edwards, 1882.  The 1982 reprint has a 17 page index of names.  Kansas memory item 224001

[1905] Standard Atlas of Sedgwick County, Kansas, Including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities and Townships of the County, published by George A. Ogle and Company.  Kansas memory item 209421

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Kansas Military Records.

Collections Covering Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see Kansas Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society Library has three Indexes of the obituaries in scrapbooks in their library.   

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Kansas, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Kansas, Sedgwick and click Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Kansas tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Kansas Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Kansas Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Sedgwick County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Sedgwick County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Edward & Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion
Wichita Public Library - Advanced Learning Library
711 West 2nd
Wichita, Kansas 67203
Telephone: 316-261-8500
Check website for hours of operation.

Contains over 32,000 genealogy books and magazines covering Kansas, the Great Plains, the Midwest, the South, the Colonial States, and Native Americans.  Other major collections include:  Dawes Rolls Applications, Draper Manuscripts, Germans to America, Italians to America, and the Barbour Collection.  Over 20,000 rolls of microfilm cover the city's major newspapers, the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon; local records; and state and federal census.
Access to: American Ancestors and Ancestry Library Edition databases.
Family History Library Affiliate

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
    204 S. Main
    Wichita, Kansas 67202
    Phone 316-265-9314

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Sedgwick County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kansas Societies.

  • Clearwater Kansas Historical Society
    149 North 4th Street
    Clearwater, Kansas, 67026
    Phone 620-584-2444
  • Colwich Historical Society
    PO Box 489
    Colwich, KS 67030-0489
  • Derby Historical Society
    PO Box 1054
    Derby, KS 67037-1054
  • Midwest Historical Society and Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1121
    1203 North Main St
    Wichita, KS 67203-1121
    Phone 316-264-3611
  • Wichita Genealogical Society
    PO Box 3705
    Wichita, KS 67201-3705
See the genealogical collection at the Wichita Public Library.
  • Haysville Genealogy Group
    Haysville Community Library
    210 Hays
    Haysville, Kansas 67060
    Phone 316-524-5242
  • Valley Center Historical & Cultural
    PO Box 173
    112 N Meridian
    Valley Center, KS 67147-4800
    Phone 316-744-2275 or 316-755-1488

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sedgwick, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Kansas" 9/12/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sedgwick County, Kansas page 255, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sedgwick County, Kansas. Page 255 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 237.
  5. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Sedgwick County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 16 Oct 2017.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.