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Rwalins County, Kansas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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Guide to '''Rawlins 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= March 6,  1873
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|county seat= Atwood
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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= [[Cheyenne County, Kansas Genealogy|Cheyenne]]
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|county2= [[Decatur County, Kansas Genealogy|Decatur]]
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|county3= [[Dundy County, Nebraska Genealogy|Dundy (NE)]]
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|county4= [[Hitchcock County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hitchcock (NE)]]
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|county5= [[Red Willow County, Nebraska Genealogy|Red Willow (NE)]]
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|county6= [[Sherman County, Kansas Genealogy|Sherman]]
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|county7= [[Thomas County, Kansas Genealogy|Thomas]]</br><center>[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.rawlinscounty.info/ Rawlins County Courthouse]<br>607 Main Street<br> Atwood, KS 67730-1896<br> Phone: 785.626.3351<br><br>Register of Deeds has land records.<br> Probate Court has probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rawlins County, Kansas page 255, {{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 John A. Rawlins, President U.S. Grant's Secretary of State. The County has Atwood as its seat and the County was created March 20, 1873.
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<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Rawlins, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rawlins/ 9/11/2017."</ref> The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rawlins, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawlins_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Rawlins}}
  
'''1873--'''Rawlins County was created 6 March 1873 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Atwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''Rawlins County Courthouse'''<br>607 Main Street<br>Atwood, Kansas 67730-1896<br>Phone: 785.626.3351<br>[http://www.rawlinscounty.info/ Rawlins County Website]<br><br>Register of Deeds has land records.<br> Probate Court has probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rawlins County, Kansas page 255, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Rawlins County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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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), 237.</ref> '''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1879
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911.  General compliance by 1917.<ref>“Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.</ref> </center>
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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Rawlins}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Rawlins County was created 6 March 1873 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Atwood<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|Rawlins}}
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The following are locations in Rawlins County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rawlins County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawlins_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 29 September 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atwood,_Kansas Atwood]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herndon,_Kansas Herndon]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald,_Kansas McDonald]</div>
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* Achilles
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* Atwood
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*[[Cheyenne County, Kansas|Cheyenne]]
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Decatur County, Kansas|Decatur]]
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Rawlins}}
*[[Dundy County, Nebraska|Dundy County, Nebraska]]
 
*[[Hitchcock County, Nebraska|Hitchcock County, Nebraska]]
 
*[[Red Willow County, Nebraska|Red Willow County, Nebraska]]
 
*[[Sherman County, Kansas|Sherman]]
 
*[[Thomas County, Kansas|Thomas]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== 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 Rawlins 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=960&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/rawlins/rawlinscem/rawlinscem.html KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rawlins.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=77 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|NUMBER|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*  WorldCat
  
==== Maps  ====
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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=960 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=Rawlins&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
==== Military ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{KS Census Intro|Rawlins}}
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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|Rawlins}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Rawlins}}
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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/209432 1906 Land Plat book for Rawlins 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>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Rawlins}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Rawlins}}
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[[File:Rawlins, Kansas.JPG|300px|right]]
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Rawlins}}
  
 
*Rawlins County was not organized until after the Civil War.
 
*Rawlins County was not organized until after the Civil War.
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Rawlins}}
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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|Rawlins}}
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'''Obituaries of Chessmore Relatives
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JoAnn Chessmore Hall has these obituaries, contact &nbsp;at [mailto:jchall@qwest.net jchall@qwest.net]
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Rawlins}}
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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|Rawlins}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Rawlins}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Rawlins}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Rawlins}}
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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 $
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==== Marriage ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Rawlins}}
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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 $
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Rawlins}}
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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|Rawlins}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Obituaries of Chessmore Relatives  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Rawlins}}
  
JoAnn Chessmore Hall has these obituaries, contact &nbsp;at [mailto:jchall@qwest.net jchall@qwest.net]
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries <br>  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Rawlins}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Rawlins}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Rawlins}}
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'''Rawlins County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 203<br>Atwood 67730
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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'''Rawlins County Historical Society'''<br>308 State<br>Atwood 67730<br>Telephone: 785-626-3885<br>[http://www.kansastravel.org/rawlinscountymuseum.htm Website]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Rawlins}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/rawlins/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Rawlins|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204075|Kansas|Rawlins}}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://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/rawlins/ Kansas GenWeb] is an excellent source information for vital records and cemeteries.  
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ Kansas GenWeb] is an excellent source information for vital records and cemeteries.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Rawlins/ Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Rawlins/ Rawlins County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 20:17, 10 October 2017

United States
Kansas
Rawlins County

Guide to Rawlins 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: Atwood
Organized: March 6, 1873
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cheyenne  • Decatur  • Dundy (NE)  • Hitchcock (NE)  • Red Willow (NE)  • Sherman  • Thomas
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for John A. Rawlins, President U.S. Grant's Secretary of State. The County has Atwood as its seat and the County was created March 20, 1873. [2] The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Rawlins County Courthouse
607 Main Street
Atwood, Kansas 67730-1896
Phone: 785.626.3351
Rawlins County Website

Register of Deeds has land records.
Probate Court has probate records. [4]

Rawlins County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1879 1881 1911 1881 1881 1881 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 Rawlins County, Kansas:[8]

Cities
Townships
  • Achilles
  • Atwood
  • Center
  • Driftwood
  • Herl
  • Jefferson
  • Ludell
  • Mirage
  • Rocewood
  • Union


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Rawlins 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

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 Rawlins 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

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Obituaries of Chessmore Relatives

JoAnn Chessmore Hall has these obituaries, contact  at jchall@qwest.net

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, Rawlins 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

Rawlins County Genealogical Society
PO Box 203
Atwood 67730

Rawlins County Historical Society
308 State
Atwood 67730
Telephone: 785-626-3885
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, “Rawlins, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rawlins/ 9/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Rawlins, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawlins_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rawlins County, Kansas page 255, 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), 237.
  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, "Rawlins County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawlins_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 29 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.