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Guide to '''Ellsworth County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
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|county seat= Ellsworth
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|parent county= [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] and unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Barton County, Kansas Genealogy|Barton]]
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|county2= [[Lincoln County, Kansas Genealogy|Lincoln]]
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|county3= [[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy|McPherson]]
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|county4= [[Rice County, Kansas Genealogy|Rice]]
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|county5= [[Russell County, Kansas Genealogy|Russell]]
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|county6= [[Saline County, Kansas Genealogy|Saline]]</br><center>[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for 2nd Lt. Allen Ellsworth of the 7th Iowa Cavalry (Company H). The County has Ellsworth as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Ellsworth, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/ellsworth/ 8/11/2017."</ref> The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellsworth, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Ellsworth}}
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'''Ellsworth County Courthouse'''<br>210 N. Kansas Ave.<br>PO Box 396<br>Ellsworth, Kansas 67439-0396<br>Phone: 785.472.3022<br>
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[http://www.ellsworthcounty.org/ Ellsworth County Website]<br><br>
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Probate Judge has marriage and probate records. <br>City Clerk has death and burial records.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce records.<br>County Court has court records <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas page 250, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''Ellsworth 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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=== Ellsworth County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 235.</ref> '''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1886
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
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| colspan="7"| <center> Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911.  General compliance by 1917.<ref>“Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.</ref></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Ellsworth County
 
| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Ellsworth 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 = 1867
 
| founded date = February 26
 
| seat wl = Ellsworth
 
| building image = Ellsworth county courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 100px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
 
| building address = '''[[Ellsworth County, Kansas Courthouse|Ellsworth County Courthouse]]'''<br>210 N. Kansas Ave.<br>Ellsworth, Kansas 67439-0396<br>Phone: 785.472.3022
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Ellsworth}}
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*'''1867--'''Ellsworth County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County and unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Ellsworth<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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[http://www.ellsworthcounty.org/home/ Ellsworth County Courthouse ]<br>210 N Kansas Ave; PO Box 396<br> Ellsworth, KS 67439<br> Phone: 785.472.3022&nbsp;<br>  
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Ellsworth}}
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The following are locations in Ellsworth County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellsworth County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 13 September 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth,_Kansas Ellsworth]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson,_Kansas Wilson]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanopolis,_Kansas Kanopolis]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holyrood,_Kansas Holyrood]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorraine,_Kansas Lorraine]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Wolf,_Kansas Black Wolf]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carneiro,_Kansas Carneiro]
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* Delight
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* Elkhorn
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langley,_Kansas Langley]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venango,_Kansas Venango]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Run,_Kansas Yankee Run]</div>
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* Ash Creek
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* Black Wolf
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* Carneiro
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* Clear Creek
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* Columbia
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* Ellsworth
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* Empire</div>
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* Garfield
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* Green Garden
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* Langley
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* Lincoln
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* Mulbery
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* Noble</div>
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* Palacky
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* Sherman
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* Thomas
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* Arcola
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* Frantz</div>
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* Midway</div>
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Probate Judge has marriage and probate records. <br>City Clerk has death and burial records.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce records.<br>County Court has court records <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis 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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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
== History  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
*'''1867--'''Ellsworth County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County and unorganized territory.
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
'''County seat:''' Ellsworth <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ellsworth County, Kansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=910&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ellswort/ewcems.html KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/ellswort.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=27 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|507227|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ellsworth+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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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=910 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Ellsworth&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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[https://sites.google.com/site/kanopoliscemetery/home Kanopolis Cemetery Index]
  
*Ellsworth  
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=== Census Records ===
*Holyrood
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{{KS Census Intro|Ellsworth}}
*Kanopolis
 
*Wilson
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
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*'''1855-1925''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1088 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images; covers census years '''1855-1859, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925'''
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*'''1860''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7667 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1875''' - {{RecordSearch|1825178|Kansas State Census, 1875}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1919-1961''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2270 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — Partial index (4 counties) and images
  
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231961413890_855" />[[Barton County, Kansas|Barton]]
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==== Federal Census Records ====
*[[Lincoln County, Kansas|Lincoln]]
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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>
*[[McPherson County, Kansas|McPherson]]
 
*[[Rice County, Kansas|Rice]]
 
*[[Russell County, Kansas|Russell]]
 
*[[Saline County, Kansas|Saline]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
[http://www.ckls.org/~jswan/1Kanopolis/KanopolisCem1.html Kanopolis Cemetery Index] gives:
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
*Name&nbsp;
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
*Date of birth
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Ellsworth}}
*D of death
 
*Block
 
*Lot
 
*Plot
 
*MilitaryBranch
 
*Plot Owner
 
  
==== Church ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
{{KS Church Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
{{KS Land Intro}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
 
{{KS History Intro}}
 
{{KS History Intro}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Ellsworth}}
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[[File:Ellsworth, Kansas.JPG|300px|right]]
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County.<br>
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Ellsworth}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
 
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Ellsworth}}
 
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Ellsworth}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Ellsworth}}
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=== Probate Records ===
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Ellsworth}}
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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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://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
{{KS Tax Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
{{KS Vital Intro}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1885 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2727732|Kansas County Birth Records, 1885-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2567 Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
'''J.H. Robbins Library, Ellsworth''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
'''Lang Memorial Library, Wilson''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.  
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*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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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 $
  
== Web Sites  ==
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==== Divorce ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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== Research Facilities ==
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Ellsworth|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Ellsworth}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Ellsworth/ Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Ellsworth}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Ellsworth}}
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'''J.H. Robbins Library, Ellsworth''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.
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'''Lang Memorial Library, Wilson''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Ellsworth}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
== References  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
<references />
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ellswort/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203785|Kansas|Ellsworth}}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
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Ellsworth/ Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
{{Kansas|Kansas}}  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Ellsworth}}
  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Ellsworth_County,_Kansas]]
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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[[Category:Ellsworth_County,_Kansas]][[Category:Kansas_Counties]]

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United States
Kansas
Ellsworth County

Guide to Ellsworth 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: Ellsworth
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Marion and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barton  • Lincoln  • McPherson  • Rice  • Russell  • Saline
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for 2nd Lt. Allen Ellsworth of the 7th Iowa Cavalry (Company H). The County has Ellsworth as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867.[2] The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Ellsworth County Courthouse
210 N. Kansas Ave.
PO Box 396
Ellsworth, Kansas 67439-0396
Phone: 785.472.3022
Ellsworth County Website

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.
City Clerk has death and burial records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Court has court records
Register of Deeds has land records. [4]

Ellsworth County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1884 1886 1911 1867 1867 1867 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[6]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1867--Ellsworth County was created 26 February 1867 from Marion County and unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Ellsworth[7]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Ellsworth County, Kansas:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Ash Creek
  • Black Wolf
  • Carneiro
  • Clear Creek
  • Columbia
  • Ellsworth
  • Empire
  • Garfield
  • Green Garden
  • Langley
  • Lincoln
  • Mulbery
  • Noble
  • Palacky
  • Sherman
  • Thomas
  • Trivoli
  • Valley
  • Wilson
Ghost towns
  • Frantz
  • Midway


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ellsworth 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

Kanopolis Cemetery Index

Census Records

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Ellsworth 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

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Migration

Military Records

  • For information about Civil War records see Marion County.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

In most counties in Kansas, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Kansas, Ellsworth 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

J.H. Robbins Library, Ellsworth: Library holdings can be searched in Pathfinder Central. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.

Lang Memorial Library, Wilson: Library holdings can be searched in Pathfinder Central. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Ellsworth, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/ellsworth/ 8/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Ellsworth, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas page 250, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 235.
  6. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Ellsworth County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 13 September 2017.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  10. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.