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McPherson 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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Guide to '''McPherson County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
== County Courthouse ==
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|organized= February 26,  1867
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|county seat= McPherson
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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= [[Dickinson County, Kansas Genealogy|Dickinson]]
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|county2= [[Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellsworth]]
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|county3= [[Harvey County, Kansas Genealogy|Harvey]]
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|county4= [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]]
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|county5= [[Reno County, Kansas Genealogy|Reno]]
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|county6= [[Rice County, Kansas Genealogy|Rice]]
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|county7= [[Saline County, Kansas Genealogy|Saline ]]</br><center>[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
McPherson County Courthouse<br>117 N Maple St; PO Box 425; <br>McPherson, KS 67460<br>Phone: 316.241.3656<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1874-1911,<br>marriage records 1887-1911, death records 1886-2922 and local census 1932. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1873,<br>probate records from 1870 and naturalization 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), McPherson County, Kansas page 253, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
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The County was named for Civil War General James B. McPherson. The County has McPherson as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "McPherson, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|McPherson}}
  
*'''1867--'''McPherson County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County. '''County seat:''' McPherson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''McPherson County Courthouse'''<br>117 N. Maple Street<br>P.O. Box 425<br>McPherson, Kansas 67460<br>Phone: 316.241.3656<br>
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[http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/index.aspx?nid=9 McPherson County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1874-1911, marriage records 1887-1911, death records 1886-2922 and local census 1932. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1873, probate records from 1870 and naturalization 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), McPherson County, Kansas page 253, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== McPherson County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McPherson County, Kansas. Page 253 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 236.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1886
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
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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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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|McPherson}}
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*'''Parent County:''' McPherson County was created 26 February 1867 from [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
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*'''County seat:''' McPherson<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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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|McPherson}}
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The following are locations in McPherson County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "McPherson County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 25 September 2017.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canton,_Kansas Canton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galva,_Kansas Galva]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inman,_Kansas Inman]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsborg,_Kansas Lindsborg]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette,_Kansas Marquette]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson,_Kansas McPherson]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moundridge,_Kansas Moundridge]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windom,_Kansas Windom]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway,_Kansas Conway]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elyria,_Kansas Elyria]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groveland,_Kansas Groveland]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown,_Kansas Johnstown]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Gottland,_Kansas New Gottland]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxbury,_Kansas Roxbury]</div>
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* Battle Hill
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* Bonaville
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* Canton
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* Castle
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* Delmore
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* Empire
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* Groveland
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* Gypsum Creek
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* Harper</div>
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* Hayes
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* Jackson
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* King City
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* Little Valley
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* Lone Tree
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* McPherson
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* Marquette
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* Meridian</div>
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* Mound
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* New Gottland
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* Smoky Hill
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* South Sharps Creek
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* Spring Valley
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* Superior
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* Turkey Creek
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* Union</div>
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* Battle Hill
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* Christian</div>
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* Doles Park
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* Elivon</div>
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* King City
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* Sweadal</div>
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*[[Dickinson County, Kansas|Dickinson]]
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Ellsworth County, Kansas|Ellsworth]]
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|McPherson}}
*[[Harvey County, Kansas|Harvey]]
 
*[[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]]
 
*[[Reno County, Kansas|Reno]]
 
*[[Rice County, Kansas|Rice]]
 
*[[Saline County, Kansas|Saline ]]<br>
 
  
== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of McPherson 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=940&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=59 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/mcpherson.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|979676|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+McPherson+Kansas+&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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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=940 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=McPherson&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Maps  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson_County,_Kansas "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1870 |738  
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|1880 |17143
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|1890 |21614
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|1900 |21421
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|1910 |21521
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|1920 |21845
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|1930 |23588
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|1940 |24152
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|1950 |23670
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|1960 |24285
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|1970 |24778  
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|1980 |26855  
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|1990 |27268
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|2000 |29554
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|2010 |29180
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{{KS Census Intro|Cherokee}}
  
==== Military  ====
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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
  
*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] County.<br>
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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>
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|McPherson}}
  
Indices of [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/index.aspx?nid=515 McPherson County, Kansas Wills and Probate Records], McPherson County Old Mill Museum <br>
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|McPherson}}
  
The [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/ McPherson County, Kansas Official Website ](Click "Department" tab, then "Clerk/Elections")&nbsp;has a partial list of early [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/670 births, deaths, and marriages] that occurred in the county.
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|McPherson}}
  
===== Marriage and Divorce Records =====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|McPherson}}
  
[http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/index.aspx?nid=514 McPherson County Research Library &amp; Archives], McPherson County Old Mill Museum&nbsp;
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|McPherson}}
  
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|McPherson}}
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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/223998 1884 Land Plat book for McPherson County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209407 1903 Land Plat book for McPherson County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223970 1921 Land Plat book for McPherson 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>
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|McPherson}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''Pioneer Life and Lore of McPherson County, Kansas.'' c1932.  By Edna Nyquist.  Kansas : The Democrat-Opinion Press.  Online at: {{FSbook|7839178}}, [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27644 Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|4162395|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Portrait and Biographical Record of Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion Counties.''  1893.  Chicago, Illinois : Chapman Bros.  Online at: {{FSbook|2192662}},[https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008427813 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/portraitbiograph04chic Internet Archive], [https://books.google.com/books?id=RqQ_AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:0N-0BwDP2gwxBlebVHz#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; {{WorldCat|247519943|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|McPherson}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS McPherson County}}}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|McPherson}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Military Records ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+McPherson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Military Intro|McPherson}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/McPherson/ McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.oldmillmuseum.org/archives.html McPherson County Research Library &amp; Archives], McPherson County Old Mill Museum
 
  
== References  ==
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*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
  
<references />{{Kansas|Kansas}}<br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|McPherson}}
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*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1865 - 1874''' - [https://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-kansas-indians.html Kansas Indian Naturalizations, ca. 1865-1874] at the [https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] — Index, District of Kansas, Record Group 21.
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*'''1865 - 1984''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61199 Kansas, Federal Naturalization Records, 1865-1984] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2137 Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
  
[[Category:McPherson_County,_Kansas]]
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|McPherson}}
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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] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/?state=Kansas&ethnicity=&language= Chronicling America] - contains images of some Kansas newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ks Kansas Online Historical Newspapers] - contains a list of known Kansas newspapers online and the websites they are found on
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|McPherson}}
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'''Voter Records'''<br>
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*'''1854''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099 Kansas Election List, 1854] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1854 - 1856''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961 Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|McPherson}}
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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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Indices of [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/index.aspx?nid=515 McPherson County, Kansas Wills and Probate Records], McPherson County Old Mill Museum
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|McPherson}}
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The [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/ McPherson County, Kansas Official Website ](Click "Department" tab, then "Clerk/Elections")&nbsp;has a partial list of early [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/670 births, deaths, and marriages] that occurred in the county.
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|McPherson}}
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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''' [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|McPherson}}
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*'''1800 - 1946''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kansas United States Marriages – Kansas, 1800-1946] at [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records findmypast] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — Index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
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*'''1854 - 1861''' - [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-marriage-index/11315 KHS Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/research/19385 Kansas Historical Society] — Index
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*'''1870 - 1915''' - [http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/389/Marriage-Licenses McPherson County Research Library &amp; Archives], McPherson County, Kansas — missing some years
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|McPherson}}
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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|McPherson}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|McPherson}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|McPherson}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|McPherson}}
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'''Mcpherson County Historical Society'''<br>540 East Hill<br>Mcpherson 67460
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|McPherson}}
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/mcpherso/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203965|Kansas|McPherson}}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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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/McPherson/ McPherson County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/index.aspx?NID=384 McPherson County Archives], McPherson County Old Mill Museum
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== Research Guides ==
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|McPherson}}
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== References ==
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<references />
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[[Category:McPherson_County,_Kansas]][[Category:Kansas_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 12:58, 3 November 2017

United States
Kansas
McPherson County

Guide to McPherson 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: McPherson
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Dickinson  • Ellsworth  • Harvey  • Marion  • Reno  • Rice  • Saline
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasMcPhersonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting McPherson County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Civil War General James B. McPherson. The County has McPherson as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

McPherson County Courthouse
117 N. Maple Street
P.O. Box 425
McPherson, Kansas 67460
Phone: 316.241.3656
McPherson County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1874-1911, marriage records 1887-1911, death records 1886-2922 and local census 1932.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1873, probate records from 1870 and naturalization records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

McPherson County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1874 1887 1886 1873 1870 1870 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[5]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in McPherson County, Kansas:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Battle Hill
  • Bonaville
  • Canton
  • Castle
  • Delmore
  • Empire
  • Groveland
  • Gypsum Creek
  • Harper
  • Hayes
  • Jackson
  • King City
  • Little Valley
  • Lone Tree
  • McPherson
  • Marquette
  • Meridian
  • Mound
  • New Gottland
  • Smoky Hill
  • South Sharps Creek
  • Spring Valley
  • Superior
  • Turkey Creek
  • Union
Ghost towns
  • Battle Hill
  • Christian
  • Doles Park
  • Elivon
  • King City
  • Sweadal


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of McPherson 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.  %±
1870 738
1880 17,143 2222.9%
1890 21,614 26.1%
1900 21,421 −0.9%
1910 21,521 0.5%
1920 21,845 1.5%
1930 23,588 8.0%
1940 24,152 2.4%
1950 23,670 −2.0%
1960 24,285 2.6%
1970 24,778 2.0%
1980 26,855 8.4%
1990 27,268 1.5%
2000 29,554 8.4%
2010 29,180 −1.3%
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.[8] 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.[9] 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 McPherson 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.


Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Ellsworth CountySaline CountyDickinson CountyRice CountyReno CountyHarvey CountyMarion CountyMcPherson, Kansas.JPG
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Migration

Military Records

  • 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

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, McPherson and click Probate records.


Online Records

Indices of McPherson County, Kansas Wills and Probate Records, McPherson County Old Mill Museum

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.


The McPherson County, Kansas Official Website (Click "Department" tab, then "Clerk/Elections") has a partial list of early births, deaths, and marriages that occurred in the county.

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

Mcpherson County Historical Society
540 East Hill
Mcpherson 67460

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "McPherson, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McPherson County, Kansas page 253, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McPherson County, Kansas. Page 253 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), 236.
  5. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "McPherson County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McPherson_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 25 September 2017.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.