Kansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1855-1911
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What Is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas from 1855 to 1911. The type of record and time period varies between counties.

Records for the following counties are included: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson.

Counties recorded marriages to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.

Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Early marriage records may include the following information:

  • Date of marriage license
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Name of person performing the marriage

Later marriage records may also include the following:

  • Birthplace of bride and groom
  • Name of bride and groom’s parents
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of times previously married
  • Witnesses to the marriage
  • Residence of witnesses

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volume Number which will take you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

Remember to:

  • Whenever possible, look at the original record. If often has more information than the indexed record.
  • Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation found on each record or image. Familysearch wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use for this purpose.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Kansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 2 December 2016. Citing district clerk, court clerk, county clerk and register offices from various counties.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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