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Guide to '''Rooks County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
[http://www.rookscounty.net/ Rooks County Courthouse]<br>115 N Walnut Street <br>Stockton, KS 67669-1663<br>Phone: 785.425.6718<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, <br>marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 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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|organized=  February 26,  1867
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|county seat= Stockton
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellis]]
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|county2= [[Graham County, Kansas Genealogy|Graham]]
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|county3= [[Osborne County, Kansas Genealogy|Osborne]]
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|county4= [[Phillips County, Kansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county5= [[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy|Smith]]
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|county6= [[Trego County, Kansas Genealogy|Trego]]</br><center>[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County ====
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The County was named for Private John C. Rooks. The County has Stockton as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Rooks, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rooks/ 9/11/2017."</ref> The County is located in the northwest central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.</ref>
  
'''1867--'''Rooks County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Stockton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''Rooks County Courthouse'''<br>115 N. Walnut Street<br>Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663<br>Phone: 785.425.6391<br>[http://www.rookscounty.net/ Rooks County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas page 255, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Rooks 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), Rooks 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" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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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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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Rooks}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Rooks County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Stockton<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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*[[Ellis County, Kansas|Ellis]]  
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=== Populated Places ===
*[[Graham County, Kansas|Graham]]
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Rooks}}
*[[Osborne County, Kansas|Osborne]]  
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The following are locations in Rooks County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.</ref>
*[[Phillips County, Kansas|Phillips]]
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{{populated places
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*[[Trego County, Kansas|Trego]]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damar,_Kansas Damar]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palco,_Kansas Palco]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plainville,_Kansas Plainville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton,_Kansas Stockton]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodston,_Kansas Woodston]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zurich,_Kansas Zurich]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codell,_Kansas Codell]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster,_Kansas Webster]</div>
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* Township 1
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* Township 2
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* Township 3
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* Township 5
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* Township 6
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* Township 7
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* Township 8</div>
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* Township 9
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* Township 10
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* Township 11
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== Resources  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===  
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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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 Rooks 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/rooks/cemeteries.htm KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rooks.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=82 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Rooks%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/rooks.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|466296|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Rooks+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
==== Military ====
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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=965 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Rooks&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=4984&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=24&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Rooks 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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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |8112
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|1890 |8018
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|1900 |7960
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|1910 |11282
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|1920 |9966
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|1930 |9534
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|1940 |8497
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|1950 |9043
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|1960 |9734
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|1970 |7628  
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|1980 |7006
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|1990 |6039
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|2000 |5685
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|2010 |5181
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{{KS Census Intro|Rooks}}
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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|Rooks}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Rooks}}
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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/223950 1904-1905 Land Plat book for Rooks 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|Rooks}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Rooks}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Rooks County}}}}
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Rooks}}
  
 
*Rooks County was organized after the Civil War.
 
*Rooks County was organized 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]].
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Rooks}}
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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
  
==== Obituaries  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Rooks}}
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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
  
[http://www.ckls.org/~jswan/1Plainville/PlainvilleIndexPage.html Obituary Index] for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006.&nbsp;Provides the following information:
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Rooks}}
  
*Last Name  
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[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au9ssAcHLCHWdF9yVnRjZHQ4Zlh0dy1OajBXbkQ1Z3c&hl=en#gid=0 Obituary Index] for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006.&nbsp;Provides the following information:
*Given Names  
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*Age  
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*Last Name
*Death Date  
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*Given Names
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*Age
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*Death Date
 
*Newspaper Date
 
*Newspaper Date
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Rooks}}
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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|Rooks}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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'''Online Records
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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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 $
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Rooks}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Tax Records ===
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Rooks|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Tax Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Rooks}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Rooks}}
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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|Rooks}}
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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|Rooks}}
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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|Rooks}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Rooks}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Rooks}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Rooks}}
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'''Rooks County Historical Society'''<br>921 S Cedar St<br>Stockton 67669<br>Telephone: 785-425-7217
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Rooks}}
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/rooks/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204106|Kansas|Rooks}}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/Rooks/ Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Rooks/ Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Rooks}}
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Latest revision as of 21:18, 12 February 2018

United States
Kansas
Rooks County

Guide to Rooks 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: Stockton
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Ellis  • Graham  • Osborne  • Phillips  • Smith  • Trego
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasRooksCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Rooks County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Private John C. Rooks. The County has Stockton as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867.[2] The County is located in the northwest central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Rooks County Courthouse
115 N. Walnut Street
Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663
Phone: 785.425.6391
Rooks County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [4]

Rooks 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1888 1888 1888 1873 1872 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 Rooks County, Kansas:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 3
  • Township 4
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7
  • Township 8
  • Township 9
  • Township 10
  • Township 11
  • Township 12


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Rooks 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.  %±
1880 8,112
1890 8,018 −1.2%
1900 7,960 −0.7%
1910 11,282 41.7%
1920 9,966 −11.7%
1930 9,534 −4.3%
1940 8,497 −10.9%
1950 9,043 6.4%
1960 9,734 7.6%
1970 7,628 −21.6%
1980 7,006 −8.2%
1990 6,039 −13.8%
2000 5,685 −5.9%
2010 5,181 −8.9%
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.[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 Rooks 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

  • Rooks County was organized 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

Obituary Index for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006. Provides the following information:

  • Last Name
  • Given Names
  • Age
  • Death Date
  • Newspaper Date

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, Rooks 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

Rooks County Historical Society
921 S Cedar St
Stockton 67669
Telephone: 785-425-7217

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, “Rooks, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rooks/ 9/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.
  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.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rooks 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.
  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, "Rooks County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 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.