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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)}}.
*''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)}}.
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===

Revision as of 23:35, 25 September 2017

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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.

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
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Morris County svg.bmp

County Information


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

Beginning Dates for Major County 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]

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

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


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

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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.

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

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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


For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.


Other Records


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.





Research Facilities


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.




Morris County Genealogical Society
PO Box 114
White City 66872

Morris County Historical Society
303 West Main
Council Grove 66846


Research Guides


  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.