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Guide to '''Ness County, Kansas ancestry, family history and genealogy''' 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.<br>
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Guide to '''Ness County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| founded date = February 26
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
| seat = [[Ness City, Kansas|Ness City]]
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|county seat= Ness City
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellis]]
| building address = '''[[Ness County, Kansas Courthouse|Ness County Courthouse]]'''<br>202 W. Sycamore Street<br>Ness City, Kansas 67560-1558<br>Phone: 785.798.2401
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for Noah V. Ness, of the 7th Kansas, who was killed in the Civil War. The County has Ness City as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Ness, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/ness/ 9/08/2017."</ref>The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ness, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ness_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.</ref>
  
=== County Information  ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Ness County, Kansas Record Dates  ====
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'''Ness County Courthouse'''<br>202 W. Sycamore Street<br>Ness City, Kansas 67560-1558<br>Phone: 785.798.2401<br>[http://www.nesscountyks.com/ Ness County Website]<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>Clerk Court has divorce records; <br>City Clerk has 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), Ness County, Kansas page 254, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Ness County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 232-245. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County 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="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Death_Records|Death]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Taxation|Tax]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ness County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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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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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[http://www.nesscountyks.com/ Ness County Courthouse]<br>202 W Sycamore Street <br>Ness City, KS 67560-1558<br>Phone: 785.798.2401<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>Clerk Court has divorce records; City Clerk has 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), Ness County, Kansas page 254, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Ness}}
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*'''1867--'''Ness County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Ness City<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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==== Parent County  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Ness}}
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The following are locations in Ness County, Kansas:
  
'''1867--'''Ness County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Ness City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Ness}}
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Ness}}
  
[[Image:Ksness.jpg|650px|Ksness.jpg]]  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ness 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=951&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.org/ness/placenames.html#cemeteries KSGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/ness.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=68 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|464506|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ness+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=951 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=Ness&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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=== Census Records ===
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{{KS Census Intro|Ness}}
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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
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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>
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Ness}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Ness}}
  
*[[Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellis]]
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=== Directories ===
*[[Finney County, Kansas Genealogy|Finney]]
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{{KS Directories Intro|Ness}}
*[[Gove County, Kansas Genealogy|Gove]]
 
*[[Hodgeman County, Kansas Genealogy|Hodgeman]]
 
*[[Lane County, Kansas Genealogy|Lane]]
 
*[[Pawnee County, Kansas Genealogy|Pawnee]]
 
*[[Rush County, Kansas Genealogy|Rush]]
 
*[[Trego County, Kansas Genealogy|Trego]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Ness}}
  
{{KS Church Intro}}  
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Ness}}
  
{{KS Land Intro}}  
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{KS History Intro}}
  
{{KS History Intro}}  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Ness}}
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[[File:Ness, Kansas.JPG|300px|right]]
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Ness}}
  
 
*Ness County was not organized until after the Civil War.
 
*Ness County was not organized until after the Civil War.
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Ness}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Ness}}
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{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Ness}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Ness}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Ness}}
  
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Ness}}  
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Ness}}
  
'''Online Records'''
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'''Online Records
  
 
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
{{KS Probate Intro|Ness}}
 
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Ness}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Ness}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Ness}}
  
{{KS Tax Intro}}  
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Ness}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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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''' {{RecordSearch|2727732|Kansas County Birth Records, 1885-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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 $
  
{{KS Vital Intro}}  
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Ness}}
  
===== Birth Records  =====
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*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
  
*1818 - 1936 {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Death ====
*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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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Ness}}
  
===== Death Records  =====
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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 $
  
*1885 - 1930 {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Divorce ====
*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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{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Ness}}
  
===== Marriage Records  =====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Ness}}
  
*1840 - 1935 {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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=== Archives ===
*1855 - 1911 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
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{{KS Archives Intro|Ness}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Ness}}
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Ness}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Ness}}
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'''Ness County Historical Society'''<br>123 South Pennsylvania Avenue<br>Ness City 67560<br>Telephone Number: 785-798-3298<br>[http://www.ksgenweb.org/ness/placenames.html Website]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Ness}}
  
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ness/index2.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ness/index2.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Ness|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204020|Kansas|Ness}}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/Ness/ Ness County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Ness/ Ness County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Ness}}
<references />
 
  
{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Ness_County,_Kansas]]
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Revision as of 16:43, 22 September 2017

United States
Kansas
Ness County

Guide to Ness 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: Ness City
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Ellis  • Finney  • Gove  • Hodgeman  • Lane  • Pawnee  • Rush  • Trego
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasNessCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Ness County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Noah V. Ness, of the 7th Kansas, who was killed in the Civil War. The County has Ness City as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. [2]The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Ness County Courthouse
202 W. Sycamore Street
Ness City, Kansas 67560-1558
Phone: 785.798.2401
Ness County Website

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

Ness County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1880 1911 1880 1880 1880 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

  • 1867--Ness County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Ness City[7]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Ness County, Kansas:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ness 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.[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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Ness 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.


Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

  • Ness County was not organized until after the Civil War.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.



Obituaries

Other 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, Ness 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

Ness County Historical Society
123 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Ness City 67560
Telephone Number: 785-798-3298
Website

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, “Ness, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/ness/ 9/08/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Ness, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ness_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ness County, Kansas page 254, 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. 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.