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''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Kansas|Kansas]] > Harper County''  
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Guide to '''Harper County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
[http://www.harpercountyks.gov/ Harper County Courthouse]<br>200 Jennings Avenue<br>Anthony, KS 67003<br>Phone. 316.842.5555&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records; <br>Clerk District Court&nbsp; has divorce and 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), Harper County, Kansas page 251, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
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|county seat= Anthony
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|parent county= [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Alfalfa County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Alfalfa (OK)]]
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|county2= [[Barber County, Kansas Genealogy|Barber]]
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|county3= [[Grant County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Grant (OK)]]
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|county4= [[Kingman County, Kansas Genealogy|Kingman]]
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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County ====
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The County was named for 1st Sgt. Marion Harper, 2nd Reg., Kansas Cavalry, who was killed in the Civil War.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Harper, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/harper/ 8/15/2017."</ref> The County has Anthony as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the southcentral area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Harper, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_County,_Kansas" 8/15/2017.</ref>
  
*'''1867--'''Harper County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County. '''County seat:''' Anthony <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''Harper County Courthouse'''<br>200 Jennings Ave.<br>Anthony, Kansas 67003-2799<br>Phone: 316. 842.5555<br>
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[http://www.harpercountyks.gov/ Harper County Website]<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce and 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), Harper County, Kansas page 251, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Harper 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" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Harper County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1892
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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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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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Harper}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Harper County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
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*'''County seat:''' Anthony<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 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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*[[Alfalfa County, Oklahoma|Alfalfa County, Oklahoma]]  
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=== Populated Places ===
*[[Barber County, Kansas|Barber]]  
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Harper}}
*[[Grant County, Oklahoma|Grant County, Oklahoma]]  
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The following are locations in Harper County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Harper County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 15 September 2017.</ref>
*[[Kingman County, Kansas|Kingman]]  
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{{populated places
*[[Sumner County, Kansas|Sumner]]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony,_Kansas Anthony]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica,_Kansas Attica]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluff_City,_Kansas Bluff City]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danville,_Kansas Danville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport,_Kansas Freeport]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper,_Kansas Harper]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldron,_Kansas Waldron]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corwin,_Kansas Corwin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Springs,_Kansas Crystal Springs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duquoin,_Kansas Duquoin]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runnymede,_Kansas Runnymede]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_1,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 1]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_2,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 2]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_3,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 3]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_4,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 4]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_5,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 5]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Township_6,_Harper_County,_Kansas Township 6]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion,_Kansas Albion]
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* Crisfield</div>
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* Midway
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* Ruella</div>
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* Shook
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* Yankton</div>
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See also: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Harper_County,_Kansas National Register of Historic Places in Harper County, Kansas]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Harper 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=922&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=39 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/harper.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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>
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* {{FHL|790341|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Harper+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
==== Military  ====
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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=922 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=Harper&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County.<br>
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==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1880 |4133
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|1890 |13266
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|1900 |10310
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|1910 |14748
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|1920 |13656
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|1930 |12823
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|1940 |12068
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|1950 |10263
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|1960 |9541
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|1970 |7871  
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|1980 |7778  
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|1990 |7124
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|2000 |6536
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|2010 |6034
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{{KS Census Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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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
  
==== Taxation  ====
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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>
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Harper}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Harper}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Harper}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Harper}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Harper}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Harper|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Harper}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Harper/ Harper County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Harper}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Harper}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Harper}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209388 1902 Land Plat book for Harper County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223954 1919 Land Plat book for Harper 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>
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*'''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>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Harper}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Harper}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Harper County}}}}
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Harper}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Harper}}
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==== Civil War ====
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{{KS Civil War Intro|Harper}}
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*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Harper}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Harper}}
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [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]
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/kansas/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[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]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[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
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*[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
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Harper}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Harper}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Harper}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Harper}}
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Harper}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Harper}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Harper}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Harper}}
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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 $
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Harper}}
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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 $
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Harper}}
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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 $
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==== Divorce ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Harper}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Harper}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Harper}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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'''Harper City Historical Society'''<br>10020 Oak<br>Harper 67058
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'''Harper County Genealogical Society'''<br>1002 Oak<br>Harper 67058
  
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/harper/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203850|Kansas|Harper}}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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Latest revision as of 16:13, 13 October 2017

United States
Kansas
Harper County

Guide to Harper 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: Anthony
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Alfalfa (OK)  • Barber  • Grant (OK)  • Kingman  • Sumner
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for 1st Sgt. Marion Harper, 2nd Reg., Kansas Cavalry, who was killed in the Civil War.[2] The County has Anthony as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the southcentral area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Harper County Courthouse
200 Jennings Ave.
Anthony, Kansas 67003-2799
Phone: 316. 842.5555
Harper County Website

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

Harper County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1878 1891 1878 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 Harper County, Kansas:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Midway
  • Ruella
  • Shook
  • Yankton

See also: National Register of Historic Places in Harper County, Kansas

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Harper 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.  %±
1880 4,133
1890 13,266 221.0%
1900 10,310 −22.3%
1910 14,748 43.0%
1920 13,656 −7.4%
1930 12,823 −6.1%
1940 12,068 −5.9%
1950 10,263 −15.0%
1960 9,541 −7.0%
1970 7,871 −17.5%
1980 7,778 −1.2%
1990 7,124 −8.4%
2000 6,536 −8.3%
2010 6,034 −7.7%
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 Harper 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

Civil War

  • For information about Civil War records see Marion County.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

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, Harper 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

Harper City Historical Society
10020 Oak
Harper 67058

Harper County Genealogical Society
1002 Oak
Harper 67058

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, “Harper, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/harper/ 8/15/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Harper, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_County,_Kansas" 8/15/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harper County, Kansas page 251, 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, "Harper County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_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.