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Guide to '''Norton 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
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
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|county seat= Norton
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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= [[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy|Decatur]]
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|county2= [[Furnas County, Nebraska Genealogy|Furnas (NE)]]
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|county3= [[Graham County, Kansas Genealogy|Graham]]
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|county4= [[Harlan County, Nebraska Genealogy|Harlan (NE)]]
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|county5= [[Phillips County, Kansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county6= [[Sheridan County, Kansas Genealogy|Sheridan]]</br><center>[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for Capt. Orloff Norton, of the 15th Kansas Cavalry, who was killed in the Civil War. The County has Norton as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the north central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Norton, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Norton}}
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'''Norton County Courthouse'''<br>101 S. Kansas Ave.<br>Norton, Kansas 67654-0070<br>Phone: 785.877-5710<br>[http://www.nortoncounty.net/ Norton County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has marriage and divorce records, and probate court court records <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1874 and some cemetery records. <br>City Clerks have birth and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norton 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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=== Norton 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>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norton County, Kansas. Page 254 {{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" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Norton County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
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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.
  
'''Norton 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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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Norton}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Norton County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''1873:''' Name changed to Billings County on 6 March 1873.
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*'''1874:''' Name changed back to Norton County on 19 February 1874.
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*'''County seat:''' Norton<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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{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Populated Places ===
| county = Norton County
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Norton}}
| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Norton County svg.bmp
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The following are locations in Norton County, Kansas:
| state = Kansas
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almena,_Kansas Almena]
| founded title = [[Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton,_Kansas Clayton]</div>
| founded year = 1867
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| founded date = February 26
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond,_Kansas Edmond]
| seat wl = Norton
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenora,_Kansas Lenora]</div>
| building image = Norton county courthouse.gif
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton,_Kansas Norton]</div>
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
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| building address = '''[[Norton County, Kansas Courthouse|Norton County Courthouse]]'''<br>101 S. Kansas Ave.<br>Norton, Kansas 67654-0070<br>Phone: 785.877.5720
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Norton}}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Norton}}
  
[http://www.nortoncounty.net/ Norton County Courthouse]<br>101 S Kansas Avenue<br>Norton, KS 67654-0070<br>Phone: 785.877.5710 <br>
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Norton}}
  
Name changed to Billings 6 Mar 1873. Name changed back to Norton 19 Feb 1874<br>Clerk District Court has marriage and divorce records, and<br>probate court court records <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1874 <br>and some cemetery records. City Clerks have birth and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norton 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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=== Biographies  ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Norton}}
  
== History  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===  
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Norton}}
  
'''1867--'''Norton County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Norton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Norton 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://www.ksgenweb.org/norton/index.html KSGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/norton.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=69 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Norton%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/index.htm KS Interment]
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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|461259|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Norton+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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=952 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Norton&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
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* [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/kansas-cemetery-records.htm Cemetery Records by Access Genealogy]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4896&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=22&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Norton County by EPodunk]
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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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The following web site may also be of help in your search:
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*[http://www.lenoracemeteries.com/ Lenora Cemetery Association Index] &nbsp;may provide the following information of three cemeteries: Lenora East,&nbsp; Lenora South, and Pairie
  
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |6998
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|1890 |10617
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|1900 |11325
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|1910 |11614
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|1920 |11423
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|1930 |11701
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|1940 |9831
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|1950 |8808
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|1960 |8035
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|1970 |7279 
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|1980 |6689 
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|1990 |5947  
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|2000 |5953
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|2010 |5671
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{{KS Census Intro|Norton}}
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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
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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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>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Norton}}
  
*[[Decatur County, Kansas|Decatur]]
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=== Directories ===
*[[Furnas County, Nebraska|Furnas County, Nebraska]]
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{{KS Directories Intro|Norton}}
*[[Graham County, Kansas|Graham]]
 
*[[Harlan County, Nebraska|Harlan County, Nebraska]]
 
*[[Phillips County, Kansas|Phillips]]
 
*[[Sheridan County, Kansas|Sheridan]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Norton}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kslca/index.htm Lenora Cemetery]&nbsp;Association Index &nbsp;may provide the following information of three cemeteries: Lenora East,&nbsp; Lenora South, and Pairie Gem:&nbsp;
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Norton}}
  
*Surname
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=== Genealogies  ===
*Given Names
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Norton}}
*Birth Date
 
*Death Date
 
*Age
 
*Inscription
 
*Other Information
 
*Photo
 
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ksncgs2/Cemeteries/norton_county_cemeteries.htm Norton County Kansas Cemeteries&nbsp;Index] by the Norton County Genealogical Society has information on all&nbsp;&nbsp;cemeteries, providing essentially the same information as above.
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Norton}}
  
[http://genealogytrails.com/kan/graham/southstar.html South Star&nbsp;Cemetery] transcription gives directions to the cemetery and provides the essentially the same information as above.&nbsp;
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Norton}}
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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/224029 1917 Land Plat book for Norton 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>
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Court ====
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{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas.''  1894.  By Francis Marion Lockard.  Norton, Kan. : Champion. Online at: {{FSbook|2194010}}, [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100734988 Hathitrust], [https://books.google.com/books/about/The_History_of_the_Early_Settlement_of_N.html?id=tDAckgAACAAJ Google Books], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23778 Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|29640874|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Norton}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Norton County}}}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224029 Standard Atlas of Norton County, Kansas, 1917] published by George A. Ogle &amp; Co., 1917. The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ksncgs2/1917_atlas/1917_list_landowners.htm Index of the atlas] shows the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. Available on [http://www.kansasmemory.org/ Kansas Memory].
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Norton}}
  
 
*Norton County was not organized until after the Civil War.
 
*Norton County was not organized until after the Civil War.
  
==== Newspapers ====
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Kansas Military Records|Kansas Military Records]].<br><br>
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''Collections Covering Multiple Wars''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-military-index/15797 Kansas Military Index] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/online-collections/18942 Kansas Historical Society] - Index only, includes Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts<br>
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ks/county/ford/cemeteries/ksstatesoldhomedeaths.htm Records of the Deaths and Burials at the Kansas State Soldiers Home] - Index only, the home is located in Fort Dodge, Ford County, Kansas.<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index only<br>
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*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1866-1931:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2580 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Bound Post Records, 1866-1931] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1880-1940:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1700 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1889:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2956 Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
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*'''1945-1970:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1680 Kansas, United Spanish War Veterans Reports of Deaths, 1945-1970] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/military/ksguard/title.html History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard (WWI)] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Taken from the book by the Adjutant General's Office<br>
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*'''1917-1919:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2021 Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1930:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2955 Kansas, Enrollment of WWI Veterans, 1930] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*'''1940-1946:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70795 Web: Kansas, WWII Selective Service Index, 1940-1946] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[http://ksgenweb.com/archives/ww2.htm World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas, War Dept-June 1946] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Index only<br>
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''Korean War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Vietnam War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Norton}}
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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] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Norton}}
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [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|Norton}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Norton}}
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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
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Norton}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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'''Online Records
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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 $
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Norton}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Norton}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Norton}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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==== Birth ====
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Norton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Norton}}
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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|Norton}}
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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|Norton}}
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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|Norton}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Norton}}
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=== Archives ===
 +
{{KS Archives Intro|Norton}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
 +
{{KS Libraries Intro|Norton}}
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 +
=== Museums ===
 +
{{KS Museums Intro|Norton}}
 +
== Societies ==
 +
{{KS Societies Intro|Norton}}
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'''Norton County Genealogical Society'''<br>One Washington Square<br>Norton 67654<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ksncgs2/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]
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'''Norton County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 303<br>Norton 67654
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Norton}}
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/norton/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204022|Kansas|Norton}}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/Norton/ Norton County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Norton/ Norton County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.solomonvalleychronicles.com/ Solomon Valley Chronicles] - a website for genealogy and local history of Graham, Norton and Sheridan Counties.
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Norton}}
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 18:24, 9 February 2018

United States
Kansas
Norton County

Guide to Norton 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: Norton
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Decatur  • Furnas (NE)  • Graham  • Harlan (NE)  • Phillips  • Sheridan
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasNortonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Capt. Orloff Norton, of the 15th Kansas Cavalry, who was killed in the Civil War. The County has Norton as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Norton County Courthouse
101 S. Kansas Ave.
Norton, Kansas 67654-0070
Phone: 785.877-5710
Norton County Website

Clerk District Court has marriage and divorce records, and probate court court records
Register of Deeds has land records from 1874 and some cemetery records.
City Clerks have birth and death records. [3]

Norton 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1873 1885 1874 1874 1872 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 Norton County, Kansas:

Cities
Townships
  • Almena-District 4
  • Center-District 1
  • Harrison-District 6 (defunct)
  • Highland-District 2
  • Solomon-District 3


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Norton 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

The following web site may also be of help in your search:

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 6,998
1890 10,617 51.7%
1900 11,325 6.7%
1910 11,614 2.6%
1920 11,423 −1.6%
1930 11,701 2.4%
1940 9,831 −16.0%
1950 8,808 −10.4%
1960 8,035 −8.8%
1970 7,279 −9.4%
1980 6,689 −8.1%
1990 5,947 −11.1%
2000 5,953 0.1%
2010 5,671 −4.7%
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.[7] 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.[8] 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 Norton 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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Standard Atlas of Norton County, Kansas, 1917 published by George A. Ogle & Co., 1917. The Index of the atlas shows the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. Available on Kansas Memory.

Migration

Military Records

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

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Kansas Military Records.

Collections Covering Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see Kansas Military Records.

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, Norton 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

Norton County Genealogical Society
One Washington Square
Norton 67654
Website

Norton County Historical Society
PO Box 303
Norton 67654

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Norton, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_County,_Kansas" 9/08/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norton County, Kansas page 254, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norton County, Kansas. Page 254 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. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.