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== Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
 
== Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Kansas.htm][http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Kansas.htm Kansas Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&fed=false&collectionId=&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Kansas+State+Indexes+and+Collections&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Kansas Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Kansas.htm][http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Kansas.htm Kansas Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&fed=false&collectionId=&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Kansas+State+Indexes+and+Collections&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Kansas Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
  
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Kansas Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].  Most online resources for Kansas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Kansas Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].  Most online resources for Kansas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
  
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Kansas/kansas.htm Kansas Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] - Free
 
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Kansas Kansas Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Kansas Kansas Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/index.html Kansas Site ]- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/index.html Kansas Site ]- Free  
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*Wee Monster Links for Kansas [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Kansas Birth & Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$  
 
*Wee Monster Links for Kansas [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Kansas Birth & Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/ Kansas Genealogy and History], including individual Counties - Free/$   
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/ Kansas Genealogy and History], including individual Counties - Free/$   
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Kansas''' or '''IA''' - Free/$
 
 
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=19&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Kansas Birth, Marriage & Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $   
 
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=19&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Kansas Birth, Marriage & Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $   
 
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/kansas.htm Kansas Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;  
 
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/kansas.htm Kansas Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;  
*[http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/index.html The Kansas Department of Public Health] has copies of marriage records from July 1880. They have an index to records after 1916.
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*[http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/index.html The Kansas Department of Public Health] has copies of marriage records from July 1880. They have an index to records after 1916.
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/kansas/index.html Kansas Death Records &amp; Indexes] (deathindexes.com)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1851040 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] Free/Unindexed images.
  
 
== Birth Records  ==
 
== Birth Records  ==
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'''City and County Records of Births'''  
 
'''City and County Records of Births'''  
  
<br>A few counties in [[Kansas]] began keeping records of births in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.  
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<br>A few counties in [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]] began keeping records of births in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.  
  
 
Birth records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.  
 
Birth records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.  
  
 
The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 birth records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.  
 
The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 birth records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/KS_FRB.html here].
  
 
'''1911 - Present'''<br>  
 
'''1911 - Present'''<br>  
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*[http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com] {commercial site}
 
*[http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com] {commercial site}
  
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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
  
 
=== Adoption  ===
 
=== Adoption  ===
  
An adopted adult may receive all information in their file. The genetic parents are not allowed access to identifying information accept with the permission of the adoptive parents of a minor or the adopted person if they are an adult.<ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/kansas-laws.html Kansas Laws].</ref>  
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An adopted adult may receive all information in their file. The genetic parents are not allowed access to identifying information except with the permission of the adoptive parents of a minor or the adopted person if they are an adult.<ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/kansas-laws.html Kansas Laws].</ref>
  
 
== Marriage Records  ==
 
== Marriage Records  ==
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[http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/vital/marriages.htm Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861] is an ongoing voluteer effort by the [http://www.kshs.org/index.htm Kansas State Historical Society] to index early Kansas marriages.&nbsp; The searchable database includes only part of the counties so far.<br>  
 
[http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/vital/marriages.htm Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861] is an ongoing voluteer effort by the [http://www.kshs.org/index.htm Kansas State Historical Society] to index early Kansas marriages.&nbsp; The searchable database includes only part of the counties so far.<br>  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county marriage records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/KS_FRM.html here].
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Kansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Kansas County Marriages] is an unindexed FamilySearch collection for county marriages from 1855-1911. It can be browsed [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1851040 here]. The collection includes records from the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson.
  
 
'''1913 - Present'''  
 
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at Ancestry, ($), Index and images
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*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index <br>
  
 
Divorce Records  
 
Divorce Records  
  
The district court in each county has had jurisdiction over divorces. Divorce information is interfiled with other court records. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. Since July 1951 a copy of the proceedings has been filed with the Bureau of Registration and Health Statistics.  
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The district court in each county has had jurisdiction over divorces. Divorce information is interfiled with other court records. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. Since July 1951 a copy of the proceedings has been filed with the Bureau of Registration and Health Statistics.
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
  
A few counties in [[Kansas]] began keeping records of deaths in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.  
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A few counties in [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]] began keeping records of deaths in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.  
  
 
Death records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.  
 
Death records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.  
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Death certificates began being filed with the state Office of Vital Statistics on July 1, 1911. Because of the rise in identity theft, the office does not make vital record indexes available to the public.&nbsp;Currently, the Office of Vital Statistics does allow requests for [http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/genealogy.html genealogical research]. Pre-1940 records may be requested by an individual related as at least a cousin. Post-1940 records must be requested by an immediate family member.&nbsp;The requestor must meet eligibility requirements and must provide proof of identification.
  
 
The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 death records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.  
 
The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 death records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.  
  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/KS_FRD.html here]. <br>  
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'''Fetal Deaths'''<br>
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Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by government, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages, and deaths.  
 
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by government, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages, and deaths.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp; Search for '''Kansas '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county''' to locate records kept by the county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp; Search for '''Kansas '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county''' to locate records kept by the county.
  
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
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Vital Records

Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [1]Kansas Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Kansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

 
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Birth Records Marriage Records  Death/Will Records
Statewide from 1911 Statewide from 1913


Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Kansas Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Kansas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Records

Early - 1911

City and County Records of Births


A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of births in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.

Birth records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.

The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 birth records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county birth records, click here.

1911 - Present

State Records of Births

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in July 1911. Delayed registrations of births started in 1937. Copies of the state records may be obtained from:

Office of Vital Statistics
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
900 Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1290
Telephone: 913-296-1400
Internet: Kansas Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records can be found in the following resources:

Online Records

Adoption

An adopted adult may receive all information in their file. The genetic parents are not allowed access to identifying information except with the permission of the adoptive parents of a minor or the adopted person if they are an adult.[1]

Marriage Records

Early - 1913

County clerks and clerks of probate courts have been keeping records of marriages since the creation of each county in the state. Some date from the mid-1850s. You can write to the clerk's office in the county where the license was issued. The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1920 Kansas marriage records. Kansas Historical Society has copies of some county and city vital records on microfilm. Check their website for what is available for each county.

Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861 is an ongoing voluteer effort by the Kansas State Historical Society to index early Kansas marriages.  The searchable database includes only part of the counties so far.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county marriage records, click here.

Kansas County Marriages is an unindexed FamilySearch collection for county marriages from 1855-1911. It can be browsed here. The collection includes records from the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson.

1913 - Present

Marriage records since July 1913 have also been kept by the state. These may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics (see address above).

Information in Kansas Marriage Records
Types of Information early - 1913  1913 - present
Name of Bride/Groom
 
Date of Marriage    
Location of Marriage    
Presiding Official    
Date of Birth

Place of Birth
 
Residence at Time of Marriage
 

Online Records

Divorce Records

The district court in each county has had jurisdiction over divorces. Divorce information is interfiled with other court records. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. Since July 1951 a copy of the proceedings has been filed with the Bureau of Registration and Health Statistics.

Death Records

A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of deaths in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.

Death records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.

Death certificates began being filed with the state Office of Vital Statistics on July 1, 1911. Because of the rise in identity theft, the office does not make vital record indexes available to the public. Currently, the Office of Vital Statistics does allow requests for genealogical research. Pre-1940 records may be requested by an individual related as at least a cousin. Post-1940 records must be requested by an immediate family member. The requestor must meet eligibility requirements and must provide proof of identification.

The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 death records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kansas county death records, click here.

Fetal Deaths
Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."[2]


Information in Kansas Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1911
1911 - present
Name of Deceased


 
Date of Death
 

 
Place of Death
 

 
Date of Birth/Age
 

 
Place of Birth

 
Place of Burial

 
Parents' Names/Maiden

 
Occupation of Deceased

 

Marital Status



 

Lost or Missing Records

When record loss occurs often records are reconstructed; land records are reconstructed to establish clear or legal title and for taxation purposes.

Counties with records loss:

Douglas (1863 Quantril's raid), and Elk (1906),

Substitute Records


Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) to the subject(s) for the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by government, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages, and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Kansas to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

Miscellaneous Records

1879--On the Lineage website there is an Index to Kansas Settlers living in 1879. Many of the records give birth date and place.

Wiki articles describing online collections ard found at:

Guide to Vital Records

A description of the history and availability of Kansas records is Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Kansas. [3]


References

  1. Adoption.com Kansas Laws.
  2. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.
  3. Topeka, Kansas: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library book 978.1 V2h; film 874348.