Kansas Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Kansas were the Methodist-Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ. A brief history of the establishment of the various denominations is in Edward R. DeZurko, Early Kansas Churches. Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State College, 1949. (Family History Library book 978.1 A1 no. 35; film 928360 item 4).


  • Osage Mission (Catholic) 1837
  • Shawnee Mission (Methodist)
  • Ottawa Mission
  • Sugar Creek Mission (near Osawatomie, Linn County)
  • Osage Mission
  • Potawatomie Mission
  • Kickapoo Mission

The Methodist came to the area in the 1830, the Baptist and Presbyterian in 1837.

The Family History Library has a few original church records for Kansas, such as files from the Jesuit missions and microfilm copies of records at the Presbyterian Historical Society. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:


American Baptist—Samuel Colgate Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Telephone: 716-473-1740
Fax: 716-473-1740
Internet: http://crcds.entrexp.com/orgMain.asp?orgid=165&storyTypeID=&storyID=&sid=&

Disciples of Christ

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445
Internet: http://www.discipleshistory.org/


Baker University Library
606 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006
Telephone: 913-594-8414
Fax: 913-594-6721
Internet: http://www.bakeru.edu/index.php?module=articles&func=view&catid=51

Memorial Library
Southwestern College
100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156
Telephone: 316-221-8225
Fax: 316-221-2499
Internet: http://www.sckans.edu/library/  


Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509
Internet: http://www.history.pcusa.org/  

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Chancery Office
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66109
Telephone: 913-721-1570
Fax: 913-721-1577
Internet: http://www.archkck.org/