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Guide to '''Riley County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
== County Courthouse ==
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|organized= August 30,  1855
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|county seat= Manhattan
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Clay County, Kansas Genealogy|Clay]]
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|county2= [[Geary County, Kansas Genealogy|Geary]]
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|county3= [[Marshall County, Kansas Genealogy|Marshall]]
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|county4= [[Pottawatomie County, Kansas Genealogy|Pottawatomie]]
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|county5= [[Wabaunsee County, Kansas Genealogy|Wabaunsee]]
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|county6= [[Washington County, Kansas Genealogy|Washington]]</br><center>[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
<br>Riley County Courthouse<br> 110 Courthouse Plaza<br> Manhattan, KS 66502-6018<br> Phone: 785.537.0700<br><br>CountyClerk has birth and death&nbsp;records 1885-1886 and 1892-1909.<br>City Clerk has birth and death records from 1910.<br>Probate Court has probate 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), Riley 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 Mexican-American War general Bennet Riley. The County has Manhattan as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855. The County is located in the north central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Riley, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Riley}}
  
'''1855--'''Riley County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Manhattan <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''Riley County Courthouse]]'''<br>110 Courthouse Plaza<br>Manhattan, Kansas 66502-6018<br>Phone: 785.537.0700<br>[http://www.rileycountyks.gov/190/District-Court Riley County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1885-1886 and 1892-1909.<br>City Clerk has birth and death records from 1910.<br>Probate Court has probate 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), Riley 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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=== Riley County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas. Page 255 {{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), 237.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riley 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" |1856
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1859
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1857
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1857
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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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=== 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|Riley}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Riley County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''County seat:''' Manhattan<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|Riley}}
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The following are locations in Riley County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Riley County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardville,_Kansas Leonardville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan,_Kansas Manhattan], also partly in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_County,_Kansas Pottawatomie County]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogden,_Kansas Ogden]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph,_Kansas Randolph]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley,_Kansas Riley]</div>
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* Ashland
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bala,_Kansas Bala]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keats,_Kansas Keats]
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* Rocky Ford</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeandale,_Kansas Zeandale]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Riley_(CDP),_Kansas Fort Riley]</div>
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* Ashland
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* Bala
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* Center
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* Fancy Creek
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* Grant</div>
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* Jackson
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* Madison
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* Manhattan
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* May Day
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* Ogden</div>
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* Sherman
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* Swede Creek
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* Wildcat
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* Zeandale</div>
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* Cleburn
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* Garrison Cross</div>
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* Stockdale</div>
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* Winkler</div>
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*[[Clay County, Kansas|Clay]]
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Geary County, Kansas|Geary]]
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Riley}}
*[[Marshall County, Kansas|Marshall]]
 
*[[Pottawatomie County, Kansas|Pottawatomie]]
 
*[[Wabaunsee County, Kansas|Wabaunsee]]
 
*[[Washington County, Kansas|Washington]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Riley}}
  
==== 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 Riley 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=964&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://rileycoksgw.cottonhills.net/cemeteries.html KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/riley.htm KSInterment]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/riley.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=81 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|535789|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Riley+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 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=964 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=Riley&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
==== Migration  ====
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|-
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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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&nbsp;
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1860 |1224  
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|1870 |5105
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|1880 |10430
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|1890 |13183
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|1900 |13828
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|1910 |15783
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|1920 |20650
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|1930 |19882
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|1940 |20617
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|1950 |33405
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|1960 |41914
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|1970 |56788  
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|1980 |63505
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|1990 |67139
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|2000 |62843
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|2010 |71115
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{{KS Census Intro|Riley}}
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas River]  
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==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Blue_River_(Kansas) Big Blue River]  
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''Oregon National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''California National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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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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*'''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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*'''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|Riley}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Riley}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Riley}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Riley}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Riley}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Riley}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Riley}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Riley}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Riley}}
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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/224007 1881 Land Plat book for Riley County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209449 1909 Land Plat book for Riley 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|Riley}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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*''Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas.''  1890.  By Chapman Brothers. Chicago, Illinois : Chapman Bros. Online at: [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008652666 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/portraitbiographwcrkan00chic Internet Archive], [https://books.google.com/books/about/Portrait_and_Biographical_Album_of_Washi.html?id=vxI1AQAAMAAJ Google Books]; {{WorldCat|983212994|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Riley}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Riley County}}}}
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Riley}}
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Early migration routes to and from Riley County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas River]
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Blue_River_(Kansas) Big Blue River]
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''Oregon National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
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:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in ''California National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in ''Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Riley}}
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Riley}}
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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
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Riley}}
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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
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Riley}}
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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
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Riley}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Riley}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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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|Riley}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Riley}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Riley}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Riley}}
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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|Riley}}
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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|Riley}}
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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|Riley}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Riley}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Riley}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[Manhattan Kansas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Manhattan Kansas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Riley}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Riley}}
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'''Riley County Historical Museum'''<br>2309 Claflin Road<br>Manhattan, KS 66502<br>Telephone: 785-565-6490<br>[http://www.rileycountyks.gov/328/Historical-Museum Website]
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Riley}}
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'''Riley County Genealogical Society'''<br>2005 Claflin Road<br>Manhattan 66502-3415<br>Telephone: 785-565-6495<br>E-mail:[mailto:info@rileycgs.com info@rileycgs.com]<br>[http://www.rileycgs.com/ Website]
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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== Websites ==
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Riley|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Websites Intro|Riley}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Riley/ Riley County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://kansas-genealogy.com/Riley-County-Genealogy.htm Riley County Genealogy] (Kansas Genealogy)<br>
 
  
== References  ==
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*[http://rileyco-ksgenweb.cottonhills.net/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204094|Kansas|Riley}}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
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Riley/ Riley County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/KS/Riley-County.htm Riley County Genealogy] (Kansas Genealogy)
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Riley}}
  
{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 20:41, 10 December 2017

United States
Kansas
Riley County

Guide to Riley 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: Manhattan
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay  • Geary  • Marshall  • Pottawatomie  • Wabaunsee  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasRileyCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Riley County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Mexican-American War general Bennet Riley. The County has Manhattan as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Riley County Courthouse]]
110 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan, Kansas 66502-6018
Phone: 785.537.0700
Riley County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records 1885-1886 and 1892-1909.
City Clerk has birth and death records from 1910.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Riley County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1856 1885 1859 1857 1857 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 Riley County, Kansas:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Ashland
  • Bala
  • Center
  • Fancy Creek
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Madison
  • Manhattan
  • May Day
  • Ogden
  • Sherman
  • Swede Creek
  • Wildcat
  • Zeandale
Ghost towns
  • Cleburn
  • Garrison Cross
  • Stockdale
  • Winkler


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Riley County, Kansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 1,224
1870 5,105 317.1%
1880 10,430 104.3%
1890 13,183 26.4%
1900 13,828 4.9%
1910 15,783 14.1%
1920 20,650 30.8%
1930 19,882 −3.7%
1940 20,617 3.7%
1950 33,405 62.0%
1960 41,914 25.5%
1970 56,788 35.5%
1980 63,505 11.8%
1990 67,139 5.7%
2000 62,843 −6.4%
2010 71,115 13.2%
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.[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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Kansas Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Riley 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

Early migration routes to and from Riley County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

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, Riley 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

Riley County Historical Museum
2309 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
Telephone: 785-565-6490
Website

Societies

Riley County Genealogical Society
2005 Claflin Road
Manhattan 66502-3415
Telephone: 785-565-6495
E-mail:info@rileycgs.com
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Riley, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas page 255, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas. Page 255 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), 237.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Riley County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.
  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.
  10. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  11. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  12. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).