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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Kansas were the Methodist-Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ. ( A brief history of the establishment of denominations is in Edward R. DeZurko, Early Kansas Churches (Manhattan, Kans.: Kansas State College, 1949; FHL book 978.1 A1 no. 35; film 0928360 item 4).

DeZurko published a religious history of Kansas:

  • DeZurko, Edward R. Early Kansas Churches. Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State College, 1949. FHL Collection book 978.1 A1 no. 35; film 928360 item 4

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Missions[edit | edit source]

  • Osage Mission (Catholic) 1837
  • Shawnee Mission (Methodist)
  • Ottawa Mission
  • Sugar Creek Mission (near Osawatomie, Linn County)
  • Osage Mission
  • Potawatomie Mission
  • Kickapoo Mission

The Methodist came to the area in the 1830, the Baptist and Presbyterian in 1837.

The Family History Library has a few original church records for Kansas, such as files from the Jesuit missions and microfilm copies of records at the Presbyterian Historical Society. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Baptist[edit | edit source]

American Baptist—Samuel Colgate Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (716) 473-1740
Fax: (716) 473-1740

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]

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Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for Kansas Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the FamilySearch Catalog. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Disciples of Christ[edit | edit source]

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 327-1444
Fax: (615) 327-1445

Jesuit Mission[edit | edit source]

Jesuit Mission and College Records, 1832-1967.  FHL film: 590422-590423

Methodist[edit | edit source]

Baker University Library
606 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006
Phone: (913) 594-8414
Fax: (913) 594-6721

Memorial Library
Southwestern College

100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156
Phone: (316) 221-8225
Fax: (316) 221-2499

Moravian[edit | edit source]

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.

Moravian, Chippewa and Munsee Mission Family records FHL film: 982250 Item 6

Protestant[edit | edit source]

First Protestant Osage Mission, 1820-1837.  FHL book: 970.3 OS1g

Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Diocese of Dodge City
P.O. Box 137
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: (620) 227-1500

There is an archive page but there are no records on-line.

The diocese includes the counties of: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita 

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Chancery Office
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66109
Phone: (913) 721-1570
Fax: (913) 721-1577

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Anderson, Atchison, Brown, Coffey, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte

Diocese of Salina
103 North Ninth Street
Salina, KS 67401-2503
Phone: (785) 827-8746

There are no records at this site.

The diocese includes the counties of: Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Washington

Diocese of Wichita
424 N. Broadway
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 269-3900

There are no records at this site.

The diocese includes the counties of: Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, neosho, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson