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== History  ==
== History  ==
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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>  
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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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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Online Records

Decatur County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1873
County Seat Oberlin
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Address Decatur County Courthouse
120 E. Hall
P.O. Box 89
Oberlin, Kansas 66749-0089
Phone: 785.475.8102

County Courthouse

Decatur County Courthouse
120 E Hall; PO Box 89;
Oberlin, KS 67749
Phone: 785.475.8102

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]


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The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[2]

Parent County

1873--Decatur County was created 6 March 1873 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Oberlin [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Decatur County Cemeteries gives the location of each cemetery and a transcription of graves in that cemetery.  Some cemeteries have not been transcribed as yet.




Local Histories






Vital Records

Links to Deaths in Decatur County links to Obituaries, 1880 Mortality Schedule, Registered Deaths November 28, 1885-July 1, 1911, and The Obituary Daily Times web site

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).