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Kansas State Census, 1875
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United States
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Location of Kansas
Record Description
Record Type Census Records
Collection years 1875
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of the Kansas state census taken in 1875. The census enumerates all household members. Kansas became a state in 1861 and later passed a law requiring a state census every ten years to number the population of the various counties in order to determine apportionment of the state legislature. The first state census was taken in 1865 and continued until 1925, as the law was repealed in 1933.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Kansas State Census, 1875.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The census generally included six schedules:

  1. Inhabitants
  2. Agriculture
  3. Products of Industry
  4. Pauperism and Crime (no personal or family information recorded)
  5. Public and Private Libraries (no personal or family information recorded)
  6. Deaf & Dumb, Blind, Insane, and Idiotic

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name as of March 1, 1875
  • Age at last birthday
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Value of real estate
  • Value of personal estate
  • Place of birth (state or country)
  • Residence prior to living in Kansas
  • If attended school within the year
  • Whether literate


  • Name of the owner
  • Number of acres of land
  • Present cash value
  • Wages paid out
  • Production

Products of Industry

  • Name of the producer
  • Name of business
  • Capital invested
  • Machinery
  • Employees
  • Materials
  • Production

Deaf and Dumb, Blind, Insane, and Idiotic

  • Name
  • Category of disability
  • Name of parent or guardian
  • Address of parent or guardian

Note that only the Inhabitant Schedule have been indexed.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The place in Kansas where your ancestor lived
  • The names of other household members

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Locality
  3. Select the Schedule Type to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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.Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in federal census records
  • Use the information found in the record to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Search for church records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Kansas.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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