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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Shawnee County''' <br>
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'''Shawnee County''', Kansas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Shawnee County
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| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Shawnee County svg.bmp
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| state = Kansas
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| state_map = KS-map.png
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| latd = 39.99
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| longd = 91.19
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| founded title = [[Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
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| founded year = 1855
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| founded date = August 30
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| seat wl= Topeka
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| building image = Shawnee county courthouse.gif
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| building image size = 100px
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| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
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| building address = '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Courthouse|Shawnee County Courthouse]]'''<br>200 SE 7th Street<br>Topeka, Kansas 66603-3922<br>Phone: 785.233.8200
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}}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.snco.us/ Shawnee County Courthouse]<br>200 E 7th<br>Topeka, KS 66603<br>Phone: 785.233.8200<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records 1894-1911.<br>Probate Court has marriage records 1856-1906.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.<br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1855. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shawnee County, Kansas page 256, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1855--'''Shawnee County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Topeka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1855--'''Shawnee County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Topeka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Douglas_County,_Kansas|Douglas]]
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*[[Douglas County, Kansas|Douglas]]  
*[[Jackson_County,_Kansas|Jackson]]
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*[[Jackson County, Kansas|Jackson]]  
*[[Jefferson_County,_Kansas|Jefferson]]
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*[[Jefferson County, Kansas|Jefferson]]  
*[[Osage_County,_Kansas|Osage]]
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*[[Osage County, Kansas|Osage]]  
*[[Pottawatomie_County,_Kansas|Pottawatomie]]
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*[[Pottawatomie County, Kansas|Pottawatomie]]  
*[[Wabaunsee_County,_Kansas|Wabaunsee]]
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*[[Wabaunsee County, Kansas|Wabaunsee]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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The [http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/vital/topekastatehospitalcemetery.htm Topeka State Hospital], a publicly funded institution for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in Topeka, Kansas, was in operation from 1872 to 1997. For some, the grounds of the hospital became their final resting place. There is a searchable index to the 1157 individuals buried in the hospital cemetery. With only a few exceptions, individuals were buried without a headstone.
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Because most individuals were buried in unmarked graves, hospital officials used a grid pattern and designated gravesites by their distance from stone markers placed at the end of each row. The 'Location' is the distance in feet and inches from the eastern marker west to the gravesite. <br>
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas 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>
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:*[[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  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*&nbsp;During the Civil War men from this county enlisted in the [[1st Regiment, Kansas Colored Infantry|1st Kansas Infantry Regiment]], Company A, [[2nd Regiment, Kansas Infantry|Second Kansas Infantry Regiment]], [[2nd Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|Second Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], Third Kansas Cavalry Regiment, [[5th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|Fifth Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], [[6th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|Sixth Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], [[7th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|Seventh Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], [[8th Regiment, Kansas Infantry|Eighth Kansas Infantry Regiment]], [[19th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry (6 months)|Ninth Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], [[10th Regiment, Kansas Infantry|10th Kansas Infantry Regiment]], [[11th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|11th Kansas Cavalry Regiment]], [[12th Regiment, Kansas Infantry|12th Kansas Infantry Regiment]], [[14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|14th Kansas Cavalry Regiment]],&nbsp; [[15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry]], Company F, [[16th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|16th Regiment Kansas Cavalry]], [[17th Regiment, Kansas Infantry|17th Regiment Kansas Infantry, ]][[1st Regiment, Kansas Colored Infantry|First Kansas Colored Regiment]], [[2nd Regiment, Kansas Colored Infantry|Second Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment]], First Regiment Kansas Battery, Third Regiment Kansas Battery, [[8th Regiment, Kansas Militia Infantry|Eighth Regiment Kansas United States Volunteers]], 18th Regiment Kansas Cavalry and [[19th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry (6 months)|19th Regiment Kansas Cavalry]].<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library&nbsp;[http://comres.tscpl.org/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=12P242E0V6624.484&profile=main&menu=search&submenu=subtab14&ts=1252420028656#focus Newspaper&nbsp;Index]. Click on "newspaper index".&nbsp;The keyword index contains articles, obituaries and events in the Topeka Capital Journal from 1989-1999.
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==== Obituaries  ====
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Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library [http://comres.tscpl.org/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=12P242E0V6624.484&profile=main&menu=search&submenu=subtab22&ts=1252420016655#focus Obituaries Index].&nbsp;Click on "obituary index".&nbsp; The Index&nbsp;&nbsp;covers 1906-1935 and 1971 to the present.
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Also, a considerable number of obituaries from 1936-1971 have been indexed.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Shawnee County Historical Society website: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Topeka Kansas Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=204153&subject_disp=Kansas%2C+Shawnee&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Shawnee|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Shawnee/ Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 19:12, 1 February 2013

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Shawnee County, Kansas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Shawnee County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Shawnee County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded August 30, 1855
County Seat Topeka
Courthouse
Photo courtesy [[]]
Address Shawnee County Courthouse
200 SE 7th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3922
Phone: 785.233.8200


County Courthouse

Shawnee County Courthouse
200 E 7th
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785.233.8200

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records 1894-1911.
Probate Court has marriage records 1856-1906.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1855. [1]

History

Parent County

1855--Shawnee County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. County seat: Topeka [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

The Topeka State Hospital, a publicly funded institution for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in Topeka, Kansas, was in operation from 1872 to 1997. For some, the grounds of the hospital became their final resting place. There is a searchable index to the 1157 individuals buried in the hospital cemetery. With only a few exceptions, individuals were buried without a headstone.

Because most individuals were buried in unmarked graves, hospital officials used a grid pattern and designated gravesites by their distance from stone markers placed at the end of each row. The 'Location' is the distance in feet and inches from the eastern marker west to the gravesite.

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Topeka

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

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

Military

Newspapers

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Newspaper Index. Click on "newspaper index". The keyword index contains articles, obituaries and events in the Topeka Capital Journal from 1989-1999.

Obituaries

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Obituaries Index. Click on "obituary index".  The Index  covers 1906-1935 and 1971 to the present.

Also, a considerable number of obituaries from 1936-1971 have been indexed.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Shawnee County Historical Society website: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shawnee County, Kansas page 256, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).