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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Douglas County''' <br>
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Guide to '''Edwards County, Kansas ancestry, family history and genealogy''' 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.<br>
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| building address = '''Douglas County Courthouse'''<br>111 E. 11th Street<br>Lawrence, Kansas 66044<br>Phone: 785.841.7700
 
 
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Guide to '''Douglas County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
=== County Information  ===
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==== Douglas County, Kansas Record Dates  ====
 
 
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 232-245. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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|organized= August 30,  1855
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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|county seat= Lawrence
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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), Douglas County, Kansas  {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Franklin County, Kansas Genealogy|Franklin]]
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|county2= [[Jefferson County, Kansas Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county3= [[Johnson County, Kansas Genealogy|Johnson]]
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|county4= [[Leavenworth County, Kansas Genealogy|Leavenworth]]
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1856
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|county5= [[Miami County, Kansas Genealogy|Miami]]
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|county6= [[Osage County, Kansas Genealogy|Osage]]
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|county7= [[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy|Shawnee]]</br><center>[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
  
[http://www.douglas-county.com/ Douglas County Courthouse]<br>111 E 11th; <br>Lawrence, KS 66044<br>Phone: 785.841.7700<br><br>Clerk Discharge Court has probate and court records from 1863<br>naturalization records 1867-1953. Registrar of Deeds has land records. <br>Spencer Research Lib has marriage 1863-1912. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Kansas page 250 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The County was named for Stephan A. Douglas, famous orator and United States senator.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Douglas, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/douglas/ 8/10/2017."</ref> The County has Lawrence as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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'''Douglas County Courthouse'''<br>111 E. 11th Street<br>Lawrence, Kansas 66044<br>Phone: 785.841.7700<br>[http://www.douglas-county.com/ Douglas County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has probate and court records from 1863 naturalization records 1867-1953. <br>Registrar of Deeds has land records. <br>Spencer Research Library has marriage 1863-1912. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Kansas {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1855--'''Douglas County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Lawrence <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Douglas 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), Douglas County, Kansas. Page 250 {{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" | '''[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1863
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1863
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1863
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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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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1863'''  During the American Civil War, county records were destroyed on 21 August. Some marriage records have been reconstructed.
  
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'''1863'''   During the American Civil War, county records were destroyed on 21 August. Some marriage records have been reconstructed.<br>
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=== Boundary Changes ===
 
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Douglas}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Douglas County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''County seat:''' Lawrence <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Douglas}}
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The following are locations in Douglas County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.</ref>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_City,_Kansas Baldwin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudora,_Kansas Eudora]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence,_Kansas Lawrence]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecompton,_Kansas Lecompton]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Springs,_Kansas Big Springs]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearfield,_Kansas Clearfield]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Kansas Clinton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe,_Kansas Globe]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover,_Kansas Grover]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesper,_Kansas Hesper]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanwaka,_Kansas Kanwaka]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_View,_Kansas Lake View]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Star,_Kansas Lone Star]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland,_Kansas Midland]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Grove,_Kansas Pleasant Grove]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibleyville,_Kansas Sibleyville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stull,_Kansas Stull]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinland,_Kansas Vinland]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worden,_Kansas Worden]</div>
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* Grant</div>
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* Kanwaka
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* Lecompton
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* Marion</div>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Douglas}}
  
[[Image:Ksdouglas.jpg|500px|Ksdouglas.jpg]]
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Douglas}}
  
*[[Franklin County, Kansas Genealogy|Franklin]]
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=== Bible Records ===
*[[Jefferson County, Kansas Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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{{KS Bible Intro|Douglas}}
*[[Johnson County, Kansas Genealogy|Johnson]]
 
*[[Leavenworth County, Kansas Genealogy|Leavenworth]]
 
*[[Miami County, Kansas Genealogy|Miami]]
 
*[[Osage County, Kansas Genealogy|Osage]]
 
*[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy|Shawnee]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Douglas}}
  
BillionGraves:
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Douglas}}
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=39971 Eudora Cemetery, Eudora]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=39887 Maple Grove Cemetery, Lawrence]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=39961 Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence]
 
 
 
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Douglas County, Kansas''' online and in print</center>
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=906&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|467634|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=906 Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/douglas/#cemt KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/douglas.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=23 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Douglas%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/douglas.htm KS Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ksgenweb.org/douglas/#cemt KSGenWeb]
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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>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Douglas+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Douglas&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|467634|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Douglas+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/douglas.htm Tombstone Project]
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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=906 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Douglas&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=4586&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=35&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Douglas County by EPodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=23 Kansas Gravestones]
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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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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Kansas Cemeteries|Kansas Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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==== Church  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1860 |8637  
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|1870 |20592  
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|1880 |21700
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|1890 |23961
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|1900 |25096
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|1910 |24724
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|1920 |23998
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|1930 |25143
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|1940 |25171
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|1950 |34086
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|1960 |43720
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|1970 |57932  
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|1980 |67640
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|1990 |81798  
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|2000 |99962
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|2010 |110826
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{{KS Census Intro|Douglas}}
  
{{KS Church Intro}}
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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
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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>
  
{{KS Land Intro}}  
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Douglas}}
  
{{KS History Intro}}  
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Douglas}}
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208302 Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas, 1873] published by F.W. Beers and Co., New York. Available on [http://www.kansasmemory.org/ Kansas Memory].
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Douglas}}
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208298 Plat Book and Complete Survey of Douglas County, Kansas, 1909] including township and town maps with land owners. Published by Albert W. Armstrong. Available on [http://www.kansasmemory.org/ Kansas Memory].
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Migration ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Douglas}}
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Douglas}}
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas River]  
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=== Land and Property Records ===
:*[[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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{{KS Land Intro|Douglas}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
 +
*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
 +
:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/225963 1857 Shawnee Indian Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/218152 1900 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/217187 1857 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208302 1873 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/217197 1887 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208348 1902 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208298 1909 Land Plat book for Douglas County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208347 1921 Land Plat book for Douglas 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>
 +
*'''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>
 +
*'''1863-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
 +
For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
 +
 
 +
=== Local Histories ===
 +
{{KS Histories Intro|Douglas}}
 +
 
 +
{{KS History Intro}}
 +
''Online County Histories''
 +
*''Lecompton, Kansas : the Capital Worth Remembering.'' By Lecompton Historical Society. Lecompton, Kan. : The Society. Online at:{{FSbook|2194105}}.
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*''Portrait and Biographical Record of Leavenworth, Douglas and Franklin Counties, Kansas.'' 1899. Chicago, IL : Chapman Publishing Company. Online at: [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000235767 Hathitrust],[https://archive.org/details/portraitbiographks00chap Internet Archive], [https://books.google.com/books/about/Portrait_and_Biographical_Record_of_Leav.html?id=8QU3HBF2lsMC Google Books]; {{WorldCat|10822381|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Rural Schools and Schoolhouses of Douglas County, Kansas.'' By Goldie Piper Daniels. Online at: {{FSbook|10083052}}; {{WorldCat|74908425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Territorial Days : a Story of Historic Lecompton, Kansas.''  1980. Online at: {{FSbook|10693414}}; {{WorldCat|879494260|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
 +
 
 +
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 +
{{KS Maps Intro|Douglas}}
 +
{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Douglas County}}}}
 +
 
 +
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208302 Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas, 1873] published by F.W. Beers and Co., New York. Available on [http://www.kansasmemory.org/ Kansas Memory].
 +
 
 +
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/208298 Plat Book and Complete Survey of Douglas County, Kansas, 1909] including township and town maps with land owners. Published by Albert W. Armstrong. Available on [http://www.kansasmemory.org/ Kansas Memory].
 +
 
 +
=== Migration ===
 +
{{KS Migration Intro|Douglas}}
 +
 
 +
Early migration routes to and from Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
 +
 
 +
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas 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>
 
:*[[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>
 
:*[[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>
  
==== Military ====
+
=== Military Records ===
 +
{{KS Military Intro|Douglas}}
 +
 
  
===== Civil War  =====
+
==== Online Collections ====
 +
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>
 +
''Collections Covering Multiple Wars''<br>
 +
*[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>
 +
*[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>
 +
''Civil War''<br>
  
====== Civil War Battle  ======
+
*Men from Douglas county enlisted in the 1st Infantry Regiment, Company A and 20th Regiment, Company H.
  
The following Civil&nbsp;War battle was fought in Douglas County.  
+
The following Civil War battle was fought in Douglas County.
  
 
*August 21, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ks001.htm Lawrence], also known Lawrence Massacre<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ks001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August, 2012)</ref>
 
*August 21, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ks001.htm Lawrence], also known Lawrence Massacre<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ks001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August, 2012)</ref>
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/KSmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Kansas.
+
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/KSmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Kansas.<br>
 +
 
 +
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index only<br>
 +
*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''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] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1880-1940:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1700 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''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] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
 +
*'''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] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
''World War I''<br>
 +
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/military/ksguard/title.html History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard (WWI)] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Taken from the book by the Adjutant General's Office<br>
 +
*'''1917-1919:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2021 Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1930:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2955 Kansas, Enrollment of WWI Veterans, 1930] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
''World War II''<br>
 +
*'''1940-1946:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70795 Web: Kansas, WWII Selective Service Index, 1940-1946] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*[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>
 +
''Korean War''<br>
 +
*[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>
 +
''Vietnam War''<br>
 +
*[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>
 +
For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
  
*Men from Douglas county enlisted in the&nbsp; 1st Infantry Regiment, Company A and &nbsp;20th Regiment, Company H.
+
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Douglas}}
 +
*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 +
*'''1865 - 1874''' - [https://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-kansas-indians.html Kansas Indian Naturalizations, ca. 1865-1874] at the [https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] — Index, District of Kansas, Record Group 21.
 +
*'''1865 - 1984''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61199 Kansas, Federal Naturalization Records, 1865-1984] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), 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
  
==== Newspapers ====
+
=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Douglas}}
 +
''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
 +
*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [http://www.kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify free to Kansas residents] through [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-digital-newspaper-program/16126 Kansas Historical Society]
 +
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
 +
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/kansas/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
 +
*[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]
 +
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 +
''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
 +
*[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
 +
*[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
  
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Douglas}}  
+
=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Probate  ====
+
=== Other Records ===
 +
{{KS Other Records Intro|Douglas}}
 +
'''Voter Records'''<br>
 +
*'''1854''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099 Kansas Election List, 1854] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 +
*'''1854 - 1856''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961 Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
  
'''Online Records'''
+
=== Periodicals ===
 +
{{KS Periodicals Intro|Douglas}}
  
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
+
=== Probate Records ===
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Douglas}}
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Douglas}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
+
'''Online Records
 
 
{{KS Tax Intro}}
 
  
==== Vital Records ====
+
*'''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 $
  
{{KS Vital Intro}}  
+
=== School Records ===
 +
{{KS Schools Intro|Douglas}}
  
===== Birth Records =====
+
=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{KS Tax Intro|Douglas}}
  
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
+
=== Vital Records ===
*'''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 $
+
{{KS Vital Intro|Douglas}}
  
===== Death Records  =====
+
==== Birth ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Douglas}}
  
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
+
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
*'''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 $
 
  
===== Marriage Records  =====
+
*'''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 $
  
*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
+
==== Marriage ====
*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
+
{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Douglas}}
*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''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  ==
+
*'''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] — ($), Index and images
 +
*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — Index
 +
*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 +
*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
 +
*'''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
  
'''Douglas County Historical Society'''<br>1047 Massachusetts<br>Lawrence 66044<br><br>
+
==== Death ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Douglas}}
  
'''Douglas County Kansas Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 3664<br>Lawrence 66046-0664<bt>
+
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 +
*'''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 $
  
'''Douglas County Genealogical Society'''<br>1329 Kasold Dr. G-1<br> Lawrence, KS 66049<br><br>
+
==== Divorce ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Douglas}}
  
 +
== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Douglas}}
  
 +
=== Archives ===
 +
{{KS Archives Intro|Douglas}}
  
[http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/kc/ Spencer Research Library—Kansas Collections] (includes Douglas County Records)<br>University of Kansas<br>1450 Poplar Lane<br>Lawrence, KS 66045-7616<br>Phone: (785) 864-4334<br>
+
=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
[http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/ Watkins Community Museum of History]<br>1047 Massachusetts Street<br>Lawrence, KS 66044<br>Phone: (785) 841-4109<br>Email: info@watkinsmuseum.org
+
*[[Lawrence Kansas Family History Center]]
  
[http://www.kshs.org/ Kansas Historical Society]<br>6425 SW Sixth Avenue<br>Topeka, KS 66615-1099<br>Phone: (785) 272-8681 <br>Fax: (785) 272-8682<br>
+
=== Libraries ===
 +
{{KS Libraries Intro|Douglas}}
  
[http://www.kcgs.us/DouglasCountyKansasGenealogicalSociety/ Douglas County Genealogical Society]
+
'''Spencer Research Library—Kansas Collections''' (includes Douglas County Records)<br>University of Kansas<br>1450 Poplar Lane<br>Lawrence, KS 66045-7616<br>Phone: (785) 864-4334<br>
 +
[http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/kc/ Website]<br>
  
== Family History Centers  ==
+
=== Museums ===
 +
{{KS Museums Intro|Douglas}}
  
*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
+
'''Watkins Community Museum of History'''<br>1047 Massachusetts Street<br>Lawrence, KS 66044<br>Phone: (785) 841-4109<br>Email: [mailto:info@watkinsmuseum.org info@watkinsmuseum.org]<br>[http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/ Website]<br>
  
*[[Lawrence Kansas Family History Center]]<br>
+
== Societies ==
 +
{{KS Societies Intro|Douglas}}
 +
'''Douglas County Historical Society'''<br>1047 Massachusetts<br>Lawrence 66044
  
== Websites  ==
+
'''Douglas County Kansas Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 3664<br>Lawrence 66046-0664<br>Or, 1329 Kasold Dr. G-1<br> Lawrence, KS 66049<br>
  
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/douglas/index.html USGenWeb project:&nbsp;Douglas County,&nbsp;Kansas]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.<br>
+
'''Kansas Historical Society'''<br>6425 SW Sixth Avenue<br>Topeka, KS 66615-1099<br>Phone: (785) 272-8681 <br>Fax: (785) 272-8682<br>[http://www.kshs.org/ Website]
  
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Douglas|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
+
== Websites ==
 +
{{KS Websites Intro|Douglas}}
  
 +
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/douglas/index.html USGenWeb project:&nbsp;Douglas County,&nbsp;Kansas]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
 +
*{{FHL Place IDNum|203757|Kansas|Douglas}}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/Douglas/ Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Douglas/ Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
References
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== Research Guides ==
 +
{{KS Research Guides Intro|Douglas}}
  
<references />  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
 
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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Revision as of 22:01, 20 August 2018

United States
Kansas
Douglas County

Guide to Douglas 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: Lawrence
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county [1]
Neighboring Counties
Franklin  • Jefferson  • Johnson  • Leavenworth  • Miami  • Osage  • Shawnee
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasDouglasCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Douglas County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Stephan A. Douglas, famous orator and United States senator.[2] The County has Lawrence as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
111 E. 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: 785.841.7700
Douglas County Website

Clerk District Court has probate and court records from 1863 naturalization records 1867-1953.
Registrar of Deeds has land records.
Spencer Research Library has marriage 1863-1912. [1]

Douglas 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 1863 1885 1863 1856 1863 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[5]

Record Loss

1863 During the American Civil War, county records were destroyed on 21 August. Some marriage records have been reconstructed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Douglas County, Kansas:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
  • Clinton
  • Eudora
  • Grant
  • Kanwaka
  • Lecompton
  • Marion
  • Palmyra
  • Wakarusa
  • Willow Springs


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Douglas 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 8,637
1870 20,592 138.4%
1880 21,700 5.4%
1890 23,961 10.4%
1900 25,096 4.7%
1910 24,724 −1.5%
1920 23,998 −2.9%
1930 25,143 4.8%
1940 25,171 0.1%
1950 34,086 35.4%
1960 43,720 28.3%
1970 57,932 32.5%
1980 67,640 16.8%
1990 81,798 20.9%
2000 99,962 22.2%
2010 110,826 10.9%
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

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 Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Kansas Local Histories.


Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas, 1873 published by F.W. Beers and Co., New York. Available on Kansas Memory.

Plat Book and Complete Survey of Douglas County, Kansas, 1909 including township and town maps with land owners. Published by Albert W. Armstrong. Available on Kansas Memory.

Migration

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

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

  • Men from Douglas county enlisted in the 1st Infantry Regiment, Company A and 20th Regiment, Company H.

The following Civil War battle was fought in Douglas County.

  • August 21, 1863 = Lawrence, also known Lawrence Massacre[11]
Map showing Civil War battles in Kansas.

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, Douglas 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

Spencer Research Library—Kansas Collections (includes Douglas County Records)
University of Kansas
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785) 864-4334
Website

Museums

Watkins Community Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 841-4109
Email: info@watkinsmuseum.org
Website

Societies

Douglas County Historical Society
1047 Massachusetts
Lawrence 66044

Douglas County Kansas Genealogical Society
PO Box 3664
Lawrence 66046-0664
Or, 1329 Kasold Dr. G-1
Lawrence, KS 66049

Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Phone: (785) 272-8681
Fax: (785) 272-8682
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), Douglas County, Kansas At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Douglas, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/douglas/ 8/10/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Kansas. Page 250 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, "Douglas County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_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.
  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)