Harvey County, Kansas Genealogy

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Harvey County

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

County Facts
County seat: Newton
Organized: February 29, 1872
Parent County(s): McPherson, Sedgwick, and Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Marion  • McPherson  • Reno  • Sedgwick
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Location Map
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County Information


The County was named for the fifth Governor of Kansas James M. Harvey. The County has Newton as its seat and the County was created March 7, 1872. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Harvey County Courthouse
800 N. Main Street
Newton, Kansas 67114-0687
Phone: 316.284.6840
Harvey County Website

Probate Court has marriage records from 1800’s.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1872.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1800’s. [3]

Harvey County, Kansas Record Dates

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
1886 1800s 1886 1872 1800s 1872 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[5]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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
Ghost towns
  • Van Arsdale

See also: National Register of Historic Places in Harvey County, Kansas

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Harvey 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 11,451
1890 17,601 53.7%
1900 17,591 −0.1%
1910 19,200 9.1%
1920 20,744 8.0%
1930 22,120 6.6%
1940 21,712 −1.8%
1950 21,698 −0.1%
1960 25,865 19.2%
1970 27,236 5.3%
1980 30,531 12.1%
1990 31,028 1.6%
2000 32,869 5.9%
2010 34,684 5.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Federal Census Records

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

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for Harvey 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Online Collections

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


For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs


Other Records

Voter Records


Probate Records

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, Harvey and click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

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.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.


Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA), Bethel College, Kansas

Registration of German Alien Enemies: Index includes name, birthdate and birthplace

All natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of the German Empire in the US who were 14 years old and older were required to register as 'alien enemies'.

State Census indexes: Contains 3 1875 State Census databases from this area and some townships.

Harvey County Marriage License Index: This alphabetical index covers 1872-4/1913. Copies of originals are availabe from the Harvey County Historical Society.

Various other helpful genealogical indexes are available



Harvey County Historical Society
203 N Main
PO Box 4
Newton 67114
Telephone Number:316-283-2221

Harvey County Genealogical Society
PO Box 75
Newton KS 67114

All headstones in Harvey County have been photographed & indexed. We are currently collecting biographical and obituary information on all former residents. Free Society membership.


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Harper, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_County,_Kansas" 8/15/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harvey County, Kansas page 251, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harvey County, Kansas. Page 251 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), 235.
  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, "Harvey County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 15 September 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.