Chautauqua County, Kansas Genealogy

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Chautauqua 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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Chautauqua County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Chautauqua County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1875
County Seat Sedan
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Address Chautauqua County Courthouse
215 N. Chautauqua Street
Sedan, Kansas 67361-1397
Phone: 316.725.3282

How do I find birth, marriage or death information?

Birth, marriage and death information can be found in vital records. Information about these events may also be found in other records. Registration of births and deaths by the state began in July 1911, marriages in May 1913.

County births and deaths before July 1911
County Marriages before May 1913
State births and deaths from July 1911
State marriages from May 1913.

How do I find a map showing where a person lived in the county?

Places/Localities Maps

How do I find siblings for a person I know about?

County Courthouse

Chautauqua County Courthouse
215 N Chautauqua
Sedan, KS 67361
Phone: 316.725.3282

Register of Deeds has death and burial records from 1871, land records from 1870 and military records from 1940.
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records.[1]


Parent County

1875--Chautauqua County was created 3 March 1875 from Howard (Old) County. County seat: Sedan [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Chautauqua 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.


  • For information about Civil War records see Howard County.



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, Chautauqua and click Probate 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

External Links


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chautauqua County, Iowa 248 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).