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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Decatur County''' <br>
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Guide to '''Decatur County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Decatur 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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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
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|organized=  March 6,  1873
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|county seat= Oberlin
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|parent county= unorganized territory <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Furnas County, Nebraska Genealogy|Furnas (NE)]]
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|county2= [[Hitchcock County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hitchcock (NE)]]
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|county3= [[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy|Norton]]
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|county4= [[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy|Rawlins]]
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|county5= [[Red Willow County, Nebraska Genealogy|Red Willow (NE)]]
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|county6= [[Sheridan County, Kansas Genealogy|Sheridan]]
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|county7= [[Thomas County, Kansas Genealogy|Thomas]]</br><center>[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Decatur County
 
| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Decatur 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 = 1873
 
| founded date = March 6
 
| seat wl = Oberlin
 
| building image = Decatur county courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 100px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
 
| building address = '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Courthouse|Decatur County Courthouse]]'''<br>120 E. Hall<br>P.O. Box 89<br>Oberlin, Kansas 66749-0089<br>Phone: 785.475.8102
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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The County was named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, of the United States Navy.
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<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Decatur, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/decatur/ 8/10/2017."</ref> The County has Oberlin as its seat and the County was created March 20, 1873. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.</ref>
  
[http://www.kansastreasurers.org/countyservices/decatur.htm Decatur County Courthouse]<br>120 E Hall; PO Box 89; <br>Oberlin, KS 67749<br>Phone: 785.475.8102<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and death records 1885-1913, <br>divorce and court records from 1881, probate records from 1891 <br>and naturalization records from 1880.<br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1878 <br>and military discharge records from 1862. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Kansas page 249 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Decatur}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Decatur County Courthouse'''<br>120 E. Hall<br>P.O. Box 89<br>Oberlin, Kansas 66749-0089<br>Phone: 785.475.8102<br>
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[http://www.kansastreasurers.org/countyservices/decatur.htm Decatur County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and death records 1885-1913, divorce and court records from 1881, probate records from 1891 and naturalization records from 1880.<br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1878 and military discharge records from 1862. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[[Image:Stephen Decatur.JPG|thumb|right|400px|Stephen Decatur.JPG]]  
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=== Decatur County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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{{KS Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Kansas. Page 249 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Decatur 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" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
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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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The county is named after U.S. naval officer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur Stephen Decatur] (1779-1820).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1873--'''Decatur County was created 6 March 1873 from unorganized territory. <br>'''County seat:''' Oberlin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Decatur}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Decatur County was created 6 March 1873 from unorganized territory. <br>
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*'''County seat:''' Oberlin <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur 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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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Decatur}}
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The following are locations in Decatur County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "DecaturCounty, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton,_Kansas Clayton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden,_Kansas Dresden]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennings,_Kansas Jennings]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norcatur,_Kansas Norcatur]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberlin,_Kansas Oberlin]</div>
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* Allison
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Bluffs,_Kansas Cedar Bluffs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanona,_Kansas Kanona]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leoville,_Kansas Leoville]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle,_Kansas Lyle]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traer,_Kansas Traer]</div>
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* Allison
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* Altory
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* Bassettville
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* Beaver
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* Cook
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* Custer
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* Cook
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* Dresden
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* Finley</div>
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* Garfield
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* Grant
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* Harlan
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* Jennings
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* Liberty
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* Lincoln
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* Logan
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* Lyon
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* Oberlin
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* Olive
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* Pleasant Valley
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* Prairie Dog
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* Roosevelt
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* Sappa
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* Sherman
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* Summit
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Decatur}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Decatur}}
  
*[[Furnas County, Nebraska|Furnas County, Nebraska]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
*[[Hitchcock County, Nebraska|Hitchcock County, Nebraska]]
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Decatur}}
*[[Norton County, Kansas|Norton]]
 
*[[Rawlins County, Kansas|Rawlins]]
 
*[[Red Willow County, Nebraska|Red Willow County, Nebraska]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231903658531_830" />
 
*[[Sheridan County, Kansas|Sheridan]]
 
*[[Thomas County, Kansas|Thomas]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Decatur 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://www.ksgenweb.org/decatur/cemeteries/decatur_county_cemeteries.htm KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/decatur.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=20 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Decatur%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/index.htm KS Interment]
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Decatur+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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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=903 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Decatur&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
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* [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/kansas-cemetery-records.htm Cemetery Records by Access Genealogy]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4571&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=19&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Decatur County by EPodunk]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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[http://www.skyways.org/genweb/decatur/cemeteries/decatur_county_cemeteries.htm Decatur County Cemeteries] gives the location of each cemetery and a transcription of graves in that cemetery.&nbsp; Some cemeteries have not been transcribed as yet.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]    
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|1880 |4180
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|1890 |8414
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|1900 |9234
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|1910 |8976
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|1920 |8121
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|1930 |8866
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|1940 |7434
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|1950 |6185
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|1960 |5778
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|1970 |4988  
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|1980 |4509  
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|1990 |4021  
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|2000 |3472
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|2010 |2961
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==== Church  ====
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{{KS Census Intro|Decatur}}
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==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
  
==== Court  ====
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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<br>
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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
  
==== Land  ====
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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>
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Decatur}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Decatur}}
  
[http://www.skyways.org/genweb/decatur/links_to_deaths_in_decatur_count.htm Links to Deaths] in Decatur County links to Obituaries, 1880 Mortality Schedule, Registered Deaths&nbsp;November 28, 1885-July 1, 1911, and&nbsp;The Obituary Daily Times web site
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Decatur}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Decatur}}
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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/223988 1905 Land Plat book for Decatur County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223989 1921 Land Plat book for Decatur 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>
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Decatur}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{KS History Intro}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Decatur}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Decatur County}}}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Migration ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Decatur|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Migration Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Decatur}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Kansas Military Records|Kansas Military Records]].<br><br>
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''Collections Covering Multiple Wars''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-military-index/15797 Kansas Military Index] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/online-collections/18942 Kansas Historical Society] - Index only, includes Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts<br>
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ks/county/ford/cemeteries/ksstatesoldhomedeaths.htm Records of the Deaths and Burials at the Kansas State Soldiers Home] - Index only, the home is located in Fort Dodge, Ford County, Kansas.<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index only<br>
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*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1866-1931:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2580 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Bound Post Records, 1866-1931] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1880-1940:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1700 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1889:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2956 Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
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*'''1945-1970:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1680 Kansas, United Spanish War Veterans Reports of Deaths, 1945-1970] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/military/ksguard/title.html History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard (WWI)] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Taken from the book by the Adjutant General's Office<br>
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*'''1917-1919:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2021 Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1930:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2955 Kansas, Enrollment of WWI Veterans, 1930] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*'''1940-1946:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70795 Web: Kansas, WWII Selective Service Index, 1940-1946] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[http://ksgenweb.com/archives/ww2.htm World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas, War Dept-June 1946] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Index only<br>
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''Korean War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Vietnam War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Decatur}}
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*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1865 - 1874''' - [https://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-kansas-indians.html Kansas Indian Naturalizations, ca. 1865-1874] at the [https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] — Index, District of Kansas, Record Group 21.
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*'''1865 - 1984''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61199 Kansas, Federal Naturalization Records, 1865-1984] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2137 Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Decatur}}
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [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
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Decatur}}
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'''Voter Records'''<br>
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*'''1854''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099 Kansas Election List, 1854] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1854 - 1856''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961 Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Decatur}}
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'''Online Records
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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 $
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Decatur}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Decatur}}
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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''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2567 Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Decatur}}
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*'''1800 - 1946''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kansas United States Marriages – Kansas, 1800-1946] at [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records findmypast] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — Index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
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*'''1854 - 1861''' - [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-marriage-index/11315 KHS Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/research/19385 Kansas Historical Society] — Index
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Decatur}}
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*'''1880, 1885-1911''' [http://www.ksgenweb.com/decatur/links_to_deaths_in_decatur_count.htm Links to Deaths] in Decatur County links to Obituaries, 1880 Mortality Schedule, Registered Deaths&nbsp;November 28, 1885-July 1, 1911, and&nbsp;The Obituary Daily Times web site
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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 $
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==== Divorce ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Decatur}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
 +
{{KS Libraries Intro|Decatur}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Decatur}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Decatur}}
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 +
'''Decatur County Genealogical Society'''<br> 258 South Penn<br> Oberlin KS 67749 <br>
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Decatur}}
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*[http://www.thegagenweb.com/gadecatur/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203734|Kansas|Decatur}}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/Decatur/ Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Decatur/ Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Decatur}}
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Latest revision as of 18:48, 10 January 2018

United States
Kansas
Decatur County

Guide to Decatur 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: Oberlin
Organized: March 6, 1873
Parent County(s): unorganized territory [1]
Neighboring Counties
Furnas (NE)  • Hitchcock (NE)  • Norton  • Rawlins  • Red Willow (NE)  • Sheridan  • Thomas
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasDecaturCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Decatur County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, of the United States Navy. [2] The County has Oberlin as its seat and the County was created March 20, 1873. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Decatur County Courthouse
120 E. Hall
P.O. Box 89
Oberlin, Kansas 66749-0089
Phone: 785.475.8102
Decatur County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and death records 1885-1913, divorce and court records from 1881, probate records from 1891 and naturalization records from 1880.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1878 and military discharge records from 1862. [1]

Decatur 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
1885 1885 1885 1881 1878 1891 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 Decatur County, Kansas:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Allison
  • Altory
  • Bassettville
  • Beaver
  • Cook
  • Custer
  • Cook
  • Dresden
  • Finley
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Harlan
  • Jennings
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Lyon
  • Oberlin
  • Olive
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Prairie Dog
  • Roosevelt
  • Sappa
  • Sherman
  • Summit


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Decatur 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.  %±
1880 4,180
1890 8,414 101.3%
1900 9,234 9.7%
1910 8,976 −2.8%
1920 8,121 −9.5%
1930 8,866 9.2%
1940 7,434 −16.2%
1950 6,185 −16.8%
1960 5,778 −6.6%
1970 4,988 −13.7%
1980 4,509 −9.6%
1990 4,021 −10.8%
2000 3,472 −13.7%
2010 2,961 −14.7%
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

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 Decatur 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.


Maps and Gazetteers

Hitchcock CountyRed Willow CountyFurnas CountyRawlins CountyNorton CountyThomas CountySheridan CountyGraham CountyDecatur, Kansas.JPG
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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

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, Decatur 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

Decatur County Genealogical Society
258 South Penn
Oberlin KS 67749

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), Decatur County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Decatur, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/decatur/ 8/10/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Kansas. Page 249 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "DecaturCounty, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 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.