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Guide to '''Morris 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= August 30,  1855
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|county seat= Council Grove
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Chase County, Kansas Genealogy|Chase]]
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|county2= [[Dickinson County, Kansas Genealogy|Dickinson]]
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|county3= [[Geary County, Kansas Genealogy|Geary]]
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|county4= [[Lyon County, Kansas Genealogy|Lyon]]
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|county5= [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]]
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.morriscountyks.org/ Morris County Courthouse]<br>501 W Main Street <br>Council Grove, KS 66846<br>Phone: 316.767.5518&nbsp;<br><br>Formerly Wise County. Name changed to Morris 11 Feb 1859.<br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate record.<br>City Clerk has burial and death.<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), Morris 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 Thomas Morris, an anti-slavery senator from Ohio. The County has Council Grove as its seat and the County was created February 11, 1859. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Morris, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/morris/ 9/08/2017."</ref>The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Morris, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Morris}}
  
'''1855--'''Morris County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Council Grove <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''Morris County Courthouse'''<br>501 W. Main Street<br>Council Grove, Kansas 66846-1701<br>Phone: 316.767.5518<br>[http://www.morriscountyks.org/ Morris County Website]<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate record.<br>City Clerk has burial and death.<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), Morris 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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=== Morris County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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{{KS Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>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" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morris County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1859
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1859
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1859
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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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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|Morris}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Wise County was created on 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''1859:''' County name change to Morris County on 11 Feb 1859.
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*'''County seat:''' Council Grove<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|Morris}}
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The following are locations in Morris County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Morris County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 25 September 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_Grove,_Kansas Council Grove]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunlap,_Kansas Dunlap]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight,_Kansas Dwight]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herington,_Kansas Herington] (partly in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickinson_County,_Kansas Dickinson County])
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latimer,_Kansas Latimer]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkerville,_Kansas Parkerville]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_City,_Kansas White City]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilsey,_Kansas Wilsey]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burdick,_Kansas Burdick]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delavan,_Kansas Delavan]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Springs,_Kansas Diamond Springs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiddy,_Kansas Skiddy]</div>
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* Township 3
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* Township 4
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* Township 5
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* Township 6</div>
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* Township 7
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* Township 9</div>
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*[[Chase County, Kansas|Chase]]
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Dickinson County, Kansas|Dickinson]]
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Morris}}
*[[Geary County, Kansas|Geary]]
 
*[[Lyon County, Kansas|Lyon]]
 
*[[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]]
 
*[[Wabaunsee County, Kansas|Wabaunsee ]]<br>
 
  
== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Morris}}
  
==== 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 Morris 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=947&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/morris/lookups.html KSGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/morris.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=64 Kansas Gravestones]
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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|559095|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Morris+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=947 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=Morris&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/Morris_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1860 |770
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|1870 |2225
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|1880 |9265
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|1890 |11381
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|1900 |11967
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|1910 |12397
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|1920 |12005
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|1930 |11859
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|1940 |10363
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|1950 |8485
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|1960 |7392
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|1970 |6432
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|1980 |6419  
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|1990 |6198  
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|2000 |6104
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|2010 |5923
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{{KS Census Intro|Morris}}
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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
  
==== Military  ====
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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>
  
Men from Morris county enlisted in the Morris County Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Guards--Cavalry, Clark's Creek Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Rangers, Cavalry and Council Grove Guards--Infantry and the 6th Regiment, Kansas Southern Division.
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Morris}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Morris}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Morris}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Morris}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Morris}}
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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/209382 1901 Land Plat book for Morris County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224028 1923 Land Plat book for Morris 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>
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Local Histories ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Morris|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Histories Intro|Morris}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''Historic Happenings in Morris County, Kansas 1820 to 1993.''  c1993.  By John Carl Campbell. N.p. :  J.C. Campbell.  Online at: {{FSbook|10520128}}; {{WorldCat|34605025|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''History of Wilsey and Morris County, Kansas.''  c1990.  By John Carl Campbell. N.p. :  J.C. Campbell.  Online at: {{FSbook|10504444}}; {{WorldCat|981113588|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Morris}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Morris County}}}}
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Morris}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Morris}}
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Men from Morris county enlisted in the Morris County Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Guards--Cavalry, Clark's Creek Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Rangers, Cavalry and Council Grove Guards--Infantry and the 6th Regiment, Kansas Southern Division.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Morris}}
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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] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Morris}}
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [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|Morris}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Morris}}
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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|Morris}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Morris}}
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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|Morris}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Morris}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Morris}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Morris}}
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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|Morris}}
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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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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Morris}}
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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|Morris}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Morris}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Morris}}
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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|Morris}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Morris}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Morris}}
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'''Morris County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 114<br>White City 66872
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'''Morris County Historical Society'''<br>303 West Main<br>Council Grove 66846
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Morris}}
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/morris/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|203999|Kansas|Morris}}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
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Morris/ Morris County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Morris/ Morris County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 22:12, 12 December 2017

United States
Kansas
Morris County

Guide to Morris 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: Council Grove
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chase  • Dickinson  • Geary  • Lyon  • Marion  • Wabaunsee
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasMorrisCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Morris County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Thomas Morris, an anti-slavery senator from Ohio. The County has Council Grove as its seat and the County was created February 11, 1859. [2]The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Morris County Courthouse
501 W. Main Street
Council Grove, Kansas 66846-1701
Phone: 316.767.5518
Morris County Website

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

Morris County, Kansas Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1859 1911 1860 1859 1859 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 Morris County, Kansas:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Highland
  • Overland
  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 3
  • Township 4
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7
  • Township 8
  • Township 9


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Morris 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.  %±
1860 770
1870 2,225 189.0%
1880 9,265 316.4%
1890 11,381 22.8%
1900 11,967 5.1%
1910 12,397 3.6%
1920 12,005 −3.2%
1930 11,859 −1.2%
1940 10,363 −12.6%
1950 8,485 −18.1%
1960 7,392 −12.9%
1970 6,432 −13.0%
1980 6,419 −0.2%
1990 6,198 −3.4%
2000 6,104 −1.5%
2010 5,923 −3.0%
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 Morris 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

Dickinson CountyGeary CountyWabaunsee CountyLyon CountyChase CountyMarion CountyMorris, Kansas.JPG
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Migration

Military Records

Men from Morris county enlisted in the Morris County Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Guards--Cavalry, Clark's Creek Rangers--Cavalry, Neosho Rangers, Cavalry and Council Grove Guards--Infantry and the 6th Regiment, Kansas Southern Division.

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, Morris 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

Morris County Genealogical Society
PO Box 114
White City 66872

Morris County Historical Society
303 West Main
Council Grove 66846

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, “Morris, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/morris/ 9/08/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Morris, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morris County, Kansas page 253, 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), 236.
  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, "Morris County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 25 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.