Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy

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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
Map of Kansas highlighting Ellsworth County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
County Seat Ellsworth
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Address Ellsworth County Courthouse
210 N. Kansas Ave.
Ellsworth, Kansas 67439-0396
Phone: 785.472.3022

County Courthouse

Ellsworth County Courthouse
210 N Kansas Ave; PO Box 396
Ellsworth, KS 67439
Phone: 785.472.3022 

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. [1]


Parent County

  • 1867--Ellsworth County was created 26 February 1867 from Marion County and unorganized territory.

County seat: Ellsworth [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Ellsworth
  • Holyrood
  • Kanopolis
  • Wilson

Neighboring Counties



Kanopolis Cemetery Index gives:

  • Name 
  • Date of birth
  • D of death
  • Block
  • Lot
  • Plot
  • MilitaryBranch
  • Plot Owner


Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Kansas Church Records.



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kansas Land and Property for additional information about early Kansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for 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.



  • For information about Civil War records see Marion County.



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

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


Kansas tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Kansas Taxation.

Vital Records

Societies and 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.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).