Finney County, Kansas Genealogy

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Finney County

Guide to Finney 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: Garden City
Organized: March 20, 1873
Parent County(s): Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Grant  • Gray  • Haskell  • Hodgeman  • Kearny  • Lane  • Ness  • Scott
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Courthouse
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County Information

Description

The County was named for David W. Finney, who was serving at Lt. Governor when it was organized. The County has Garden City as its seat and the County was created 1883.[2] The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Finney County Courthouse
425 N. 8th Street
Garden City, Kansas 67846-0450
Phone: 620-271-6120
Finney County Website

  • Probate Judge and Clerk of the District Court are at the courthouse

Finney County Administration Center
311 N. Ninth Street
P.O. Box M
Garden City, KS 67846-0450
Phone: 620-272-3524
Finney County Website

  • County Clerk, County Treasurer, and Register of Deeds are at the Administration Center

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1885.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885. [4]

Finney 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1885 1886 1885 1873 1873 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

Populated Places

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

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Garden City
  • Garfield
  • Ivanhoe
  • Pierceville
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Sherlock
  • Terry
Ghost towns
  • Knauston
  • Leeser
  • Loya

See also: National Register of Historic Places Listings in Finney County

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Finney 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.  %±
1890 4,231
1900 3,469 −18.0%
1910 6,908 99.1%
1920 7,674 11.1%
1930 11,014 43.5%
1940 10,092 −8.4%
1950 15,092 49.5%
1960 16,093 6.6%
1970 18,947 17.7%
1980 23,825 25.7%
1990 33,070 38.8%
2000 40,523 22.5%
2010 36,776 −9.2%
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.[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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Kansas Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Finney 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

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Kansas Military Records.

Collections Covering Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see Kansas Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Voter Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

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


Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

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


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Kansas Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Finney county Historical Society
403 S 4th
Gardeb City, KS 67846
Telephone Number: 620-272-3664
E-mail:fico.historical@gcnet.com
Website

Finney County Genealogical Society
PO Box 592
Garden City 67846

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, “Finney, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/finney/ 8/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Finney, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finney_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Finney County, Kansas page 250, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Finney 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), 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, "Finney County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finney_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 15 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.