Sedgwick County, Kansas Genealogy

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Sedgwick County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Wichita
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Butler and Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Cowley  • Harvey  • Kingman  • Reno  • Sumner
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for John Sedgwick. The County has Wichita as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

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

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

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Sedgwick County, Kansas:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
  • Greenwich Heights
  • Murray Gill
  • Peck
  • Prospect
  • St. Marks
  • St. Mary Aleppo
  • St. Paul
Census-designated places
Townships
  • 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


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

BillionGraves: Each page has Google map, and searchable database of photographed headstones.

Census Records

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: "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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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 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

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Atlas

[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

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

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

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

Other Records

Voter Records

Periodicals

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, Sedgwick 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.


Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy / Special Collections Center
Wichita Public Library
223 South Main Street,
Wichita, Kansas, 67202.
Telephone: 316-261-8509.

Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Closed major holidays.  Contains over 25,000 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 15,000 rolls of microfilm cover the city's major newspapers, the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon, and state and federal census.



Museums

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 S. Main
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Telephone: 316-265-9314
Fax: 316-265-9319
E-mail:wschm@wichitahistory.org
Website

Societies

Midwest Historical Society and Genealogical Society
1203 N Main St
Wichita, KS 67203
Telephone: 316-264-3611
Website

Wichita Genealogical Society
PO Box 3705
Wichita, KS 67201-3705
E-mail:info@wichitagensoc.org
Website

Wichita County Historical Society
Box 1561, 201 N. 4th St.
Leoti KS 67861
Telephone: 620-375-2316
Website

Haysville Genealogy Group
Haysville Community Library
210 Hays
Haysville, Kansas 67060
316-524-5242

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgwick_County,_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, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgwick_County,_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.