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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Brown County''' <br>  
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Guide to '''Brown County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  August 30,  1855
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|county seat= Hiawatha
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|parent county= Original county <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Atchison County, Kansas Genealogy|Atchison]]
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|county2= [[Doniphan County, Kansas Genealogy|Doniphan]]
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|county3= [[Holt County, Missouri Genealogy|Holt (MO)]]
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|county4= [[Jackson County, Kansas Genealogy|Jackson]]
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|county5= [[Nemaha County, Kansas Genealogy|Nemaha]]
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|county6= [[Richardson County, Nebraska Genealogy|Richardson (NE)]]</br><center>[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for Albert Gallatin Brown (1813-1880), United States senator from Mississippi at the time of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.  Other legislators, however, stated it was named for O. H. Browne, a member of that legislature. The County has Hiawatha as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Brown, Kansas Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/kan/brown/ 7/24/2017.</ref> The County is located in the northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Brown, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Kansas 7/24/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Brown}}
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'''Brown County Courthouse'''<br>601 Oregon Street<br>Hiawatha, Kansas 66434<br>Phone: 785.742.2581<br>[http://ks-brown.manatron.com/ Brown County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1800’s and marriage records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1857. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Brown County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. Page 248 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 234.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1857
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1800s
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1857
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1857
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
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| colspan="7"| <center> Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911.  General compliance by 1917.<ref>“Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.</ref></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Brown}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Brown County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''County seat:''' Hiawatha <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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*'''Map''': [http://www.mapofus.org/kansas/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Kansas] - shows boundary changes for Kansas Counties
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*'''Chronology''': [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/KS_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Kansas Historical Boundary Changes] - legislative details of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Brown}}
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The following are locations in Brown County, Kansas: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "BROWN COUNTY, KANSAS," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 8 September 2017.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everest,_Kansas Everest]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairview,_Kansas Fairview]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlin,_Kansas Hamlin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiawatha,_Kansas Hiawatha]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horton,_Kansas Horton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrill,_Kansas Morrill]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/:Powhattan,_Kansas Powhattan]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve,_Kansas Reserve]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson,_Kansas Robinson]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabetha,_Kansas Sabetha (partly in Nemaha County)]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis,_Kansas Willis]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker,_Kansas Baker]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidelity,_Kansas Fidelity]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercier Mercier (originally Germantown)]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padonia,_Kansas Padonia]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Site_1,_Kansas Kickapoo Site 1]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Site_2,_Kansas Kickapoo Site 2]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Site_5,_Kansas Kickapoo Site 5]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Site_6,_Kansas Kickapoo Site 6]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Site_7,_Kansas Kickapoo Site 7]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Tribal_Center,_Kansas Kickapoo Tribal Center]</div>
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* Hamlin
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* Hiawatha
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* Irving
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* Mission</div>
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* Morrill
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* Padonia
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* Powhattan</div>
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* Robinson
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* Walnut
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* Washington</div>
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See also:  [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Brown_County,_Kansas National Register of Historic Places in Brown County, Kansas]
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''<br>
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The [[Kickapoo Indian Reservation (Kansas)|Kickapoo Indian Reservation]] is located within the boundaries of Brown County.
  
'''Brown County''', Kansas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Brown}}
  
{{KSDC}}  
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Brown}}
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Bible Records ===
| county = Brown County
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{{KS Bible Intro|Brown}}
| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Brown County svg.bmp
 
| state = Kansas
 
| state_map = KS-map.png
 
| latd = 39.99
 
| longd = 91.19
 
| founded title = [[Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
 
| founded year = 1855
 
| founded date = August 30
 
| seat wl = Hiawatha
 
| building image = Brown county courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 100px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
 
| building address = '''[[Brown County, Kansas Courthouse|Brown County Courthouse]]'''<br>601 Oregon Street<br>Hiawatha, Kansas 66434<br>Phone: 785.742.2581
 
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== County Courthouse ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Brown}}
  
[http://ks-brown.manatron.com/ Brown County Courthouse]<br>601 Oregon Street<br>Hiawatha, KS 66434<br>Phone: 785.742.2581<br><br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and <br>court records from 1800’s and marriage records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1857. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas 248 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Brown}}
  
== History  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Brown County, Kansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=890&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/brown/brown.htm KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/brown.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=7 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|676067|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Brown+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
'''1855--'''Brown County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Hiawatha <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=890 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Brown&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1860 |2607 
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|1870 |6823 
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|1880 |12817
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|1890 |20319
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|1900 |22369
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|1910 |21314
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|1920 |20949
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|1930 |20553
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|1940 |17395
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|1950 |14651
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|1960 |13229
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|1970 |11685
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|1980 |11955
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|1990 |11128
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|2000 |10724
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|2010 |9984
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{{KS Census Intro|Brown}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
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*'''1855-1925''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1088 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images; covers census years '''1855-1859, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925'''
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*'''1860''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7667 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1875''' - {{RecordSearch|1825178|Kansas State Census, 1875}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1919-1961''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2270 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — Partial index (4 counties) and images
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Kansas Census]].<br>
  
==== Indian Reservation  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Brown}}
  
The [[Kickapoo Indian Reservation (Kansas)|Kickapoo Indian Reservation]] is located within the boundaries of Brown County.
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Brown}}
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[[File:Brown county courthouse.gif|thumb|185px|185px|<center>Old Brown County Courthouse</center>|right]]
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Brown}}
  
*[[Atchison County, Kansas|Atchison]]
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*[[Doniphan County, Kansas|Doniphan]]
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Brown}}
*[[Holt County, Missouri|Holt County, Missouri]]
 
*[[Jackson County, Kansas|Jackson]]
 
*[[Nemaha County, Kansas|Nemaha]]
 
*[[Richardson County, Nebraska|Richardson County, Nebraska]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Brown}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223979 1887 Land Plat book for Brown County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/216457 1904 Land Plat book for Brown County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223976 1919 and Plat book for Brown County] - image of plat book<br>
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''Annals of Brown County, Kansas : From the Earliest Records to January 1, 1900.'' 1903. Compiled and published by Grant W. Harrington.  Hiawatha, Kansas : G.W. Harrington.  Online at: {{FSbook|524966}}, [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008653322 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/annalsofbrowncoun00harr Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27631 Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|866017741|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''History and Statistics of Brown County, Kansas.''  1876.  By Edmund Needham Morrill. Hiawatha, Kan. : Kansas Herald Book, News, and Job Office. Online at: {{FSbook|2194000}}, [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/101703195 Hathitrust],  [https://archive.org/details/historystatistic00morr Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27633 Ancestry ($)].
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*''History of Brown County.'' (Title also known as ''A. N. Ruley's History of Brown County.'')  1930. By Andrew Newton Ruley. Hiawatha, Kansas : [The Daily World]. Online at: {{FSbook|5023558}}, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28623 Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|865641411|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''History of Brown County, Kansas : Giving Brief Sketches....'' (Title also known as ''History and Statistics of Brown County, Kansas.'') 1876. By Edmund Needham Morrill. Hiawatha, Kan. : Kansas Herald Book, News, and Job Office. Online at: {{FSbook|5615613}}; {{WorldCat|50206611|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''A.N. Ruley's History of Brown County.'' (Title also known as ''History of Brown County.'') 1976 Reprint. By Andrew Newton Ruley. [Marceline, Missouri] : Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc. Online at: {{FSbook|11897256}}; {{WorldCat|702404946|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''A Pictorial History of Brown County, Kansas 1880-1991.'' 1992. By Hiawatha Daily World. Marceline, Missouri : Heritage House Pub. Online at: {{FSbook|3156703}}; {{WorldCat|31505883|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Brown}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Brown County}}}}
  
==== Migration ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Brown}}
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
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Early migration routes to and from Brown County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_River Missouri River]  
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_River Missouri River]
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''Oregon National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''Oregon National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''California National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''California National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Brown}}
  
Soldiers from Brown County enlisted in:
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==== Civil War ====
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{{KS Civil War Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1st Regiment, Companies A and B
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Soldiers from Brown County enlisted in:
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2nd Infantry Regiment, Companies Dand G<br>
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* 1st Regiment, Companies A and B
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* 2nd Infantry Regiment, Companies Dand G
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* 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Company I
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* 5th Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
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* 7th Regiment, Companies A, C, H, and I
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* 8th Regiment, Companies C and D
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* 9th Regiment, Company A
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* 11th Regiment, Company F
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* 13th Regiment, Companies A, B, E, G, H, I
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* 14th Cavalry Regiment , Companies A, H, L, K
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* 16th Cavalry Regiment ,&nbsp; Companies A, C, and K
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* Nebraska 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
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* Missouri Regiments 5 and 25
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Company I
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All regiments are Kansas Infantry unless otherwise indicated.
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5th Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7th Regiment, Companies A, C, H, and I
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Brown}}
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [http://www.kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify free to Kansas residents] through [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-digital-newspaper-program/16126 Kansas Historical Society]
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/kansas/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/?state=Kansas&ethnicity=&language= Chronicling America] - contains images of some Kansas newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ks Kansas Online Historical Newspapers] - contains a list of known Kansas newspapers online and the websites they are found on
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8th Regiment, Companies C and D
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9th Regiment, Company A
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11th Regiment, Company F
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 13th Regiment, Companies A, B, E, G, H, I
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 14th Cavalry Regiment , Companies A, H, L, K
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'''Online Records
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 16th Cavalry Regiment ,&nbsp; Companies A, C, and K
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*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nebraska 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Brown}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Missouri Regiments 5 and 25<br>
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Brown}}
  
All regiments are Kansas Infantry unless otherwise indicated.
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1885 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2727732|Kansas County Birth Records, 1885-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2567 Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Brown}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1885 - 1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2570 Kansas, Deaths and Burials, Index, 1885-1930] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Divorce ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Brown}}
  
== Websites  ==
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Brown}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Archives ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Brown|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Archives Intro|Brown}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Brown}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Brown}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Brown}}
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'''Brown County Genealogical Society''' 116 South 7th Street<br>Hiawatha, Kansas 66434-2307<br>E-mail: [mailto:brcogenealogy@yahoo.com brcogenealogy@yahoo.com]
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'''Brown County Historical Society'''<br>  611 Utah St<br>  Hiawatha, KS 66434<br> Telephone Number: 785-742-3330<br>[http://ks-brown.manatron.com/GeneralInformation/Genealogy/tabid/5822/Default.aspx Website]
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Brown}}
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/brown/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203658|Kansas|Brown}}The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Brown/ Brown County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Brown/ Brown County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Brown}}
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Latest revision as of 17:58, 9 October 2017

United States
Kansas
Brown County

Guide to Brown 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: Hiawatha
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county [1]
Neighboring Counties
Atchison  • Doniphan  • Holt (MO)  • Jackson  • Nemaha  • Richardson (NE)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information

Description

The County was named for Albert Gallatin Brown (1813-1880), United States senator from Mississippi at the time of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Other legislators, however, stated it was named for O. H. Browne, a member of that legislature. The County has Hiawatha as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855.[2] The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Brown County Courthouse
601 Oregon Street
Hiawatha, Kansas 66434
Phone: 785.742.2581
Brown County Website

Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1800’s and marriage records.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1857. [1]

Brown County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1857 1885 1800s 1857 1857 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 Brown County, Kansas: [6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Hamlin
  • Hiawatha
  • Irving
  • Mission
  • Morrill
  • Padonia
  • Powhattan
  • Robinson
  • Walnut
  • Washington

See also: National Register of Historic Places in Brown County, Kansas Indian Reservation

The Kickapoo Indian Reservation is located within the boundaries of Brown County.

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Brown 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.  %±
1860 2,607
1870 6,823 161.7%
1880 12,817 87.8%
1890 20,319 58.5%
1900 22,369 10.1%
1910 21,314 −4.7%
1920 20,949 −1.7%
1930 20,553 −1.9%
1940 17,395 −15.4%
1950 14,651 −15.8%
1960 13,229 −9.7%
1970 11,685 −11.7%
1980 11,955 2.3%
1990 11,128 −6.9%
2000 10,724 −3.6%
2010 9,984 −6.9%
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.[7] 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.[8] 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

Old Brown County Courthouse

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 Brown 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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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Brown County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military Records

Civil War

Soldiers from Brown County enlisted in:

  • 1st Regiment, Companies A and B
  • 2nd Infantry Regiment, Companies Dand G
  • 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Company I
  • 5th Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
  • 7th Regiment, Companies A, C, H, and I
  • 8th Regiment, Companies C and D
  • 9th Regiment, Company A
  • 11th Regiment, Company F
  • 13th Regiment, Companies A, B, E, G, H, I
  • 14th Cavalry Regiment , Companies A, H, L, K
  • 16th Cavalry Regiment ,  Companies A, C, and K
  • Nebraska 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Companies G and L
  • Missouri Regiments 5 and 25

All regiments are Kansas Infantry unless otherwise indicated.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other 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, Brown 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

Museums

Societies

Brown County Genealogical Society 116 South 7th Street
Hiawatha, Kansas 66434-2307
E-mail: brcogenealogy@yahoo.com

Brown County Historical Society
611 Utah St
Hiawatha, KS 66434
Telephone Number: 785-742-3330
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Brown, Kansas Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/kan/brown/ 7/24/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Kansas 7/24/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Kansas. Page 248 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), 234.
  5. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "BROWN COUNTY, KANSAS," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 8 September 2017.
  7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.
  9. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  10. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  11. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).