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Guide to '''Shawnee 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= Topeka
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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= [[Douglas County, Kansas Genealogy|Douglas]]
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|county2= [[Jackson County, Kansas Genealogy|Jackson]]
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|county3= [[Jefferson County, Kansas Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county4= [[Osage County, Kansas Genealogy|Osage]]
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|county5= [[Pottawatomie County, Kansas Genealogy|Pottawatomie]]
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== County Information ==
  
[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>
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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
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The County was named for the Shawnee people. The County has Topeka as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855 . The County is located in the northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Shawnee, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee_County,_Kansas" 9/12/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Shawnee}}
  
'''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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'''Shawnee County Courthouse'''<br>200 E 7th<br>Topeka, KS 66603<br>Phone: 785.233.8200<br>[http://www.snco.us/ Website]<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>
  
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=== Shawnee 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), Shawnee County, Kansas. Page 256 {{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" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1894
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1859
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911.  General compliance by 1917.<ref>“Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.</ref> </center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Shawnee}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Shawnee County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''County seat:''' Topeka <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|Shawnee}}
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The following are locations in Shawnee County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Shawnee County, Kansas" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee_County,_Kansas#Townships, accessed 17 October 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn,_Kansas Auburn]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossville,_Kansas Rossville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Lake,_Kansas Silver Lake]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topeka,_Kansas Topeka]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard,_Kansas Willard]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berryton,_Kansas Berryton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover,_Kansas Dover]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmont,_Kansas Elmont]</div>
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* Kiro
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montara,_Kansas Montara]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline,_Kansas Pauline]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tecumseh,_Kansas Tecumseh]
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* Watson</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakarusa,_Kansas Wakarusa]</div>
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* Auburn
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* Dover
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grove_Township,_Shawnee_County,_Kansas Grove]
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* Menoken</div>
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* Mission
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* Monmouth
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* Rossville
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* Silver Lake</div>
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* Soldier
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* Tecumseh
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* Topeka
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland,_Kansas Richland]</div>
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*[[Douglas County, Kansas|Douglas]]
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Jackson County, Kansas|Jackson]]
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Shawnee}}
*[[Jefferson County, Kansas|Jefferson]]
 
*[[Osage County, Kansas|Osage]]
 
*[[Pottawatomie County, Kansas|Pottawatomie]]
 
*[[Wabaunsee County, Kansas|Wabaunsee]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Shawnee}}
  
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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=== Biographies  ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Shawnee}}
  
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>
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All of the family biographies from the [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/kansas-counties/shawnee-county-kansas-genealogy-biographies.asp History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens] (1905) by James L. King, published by Richmond &amp; Arnold are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Shawnee}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Shawnee}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Shawnee 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=972&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=89 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/shawnee.htm KSInterment]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/shawnee.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|467569|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Shawnee+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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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=972 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=Shawnee&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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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.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1860 |3513  
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|1870 |13121
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|1880 |29093
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|1890 |49172
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|1900 |53727
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|1910 |61874
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|1920 |69159
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|1930 |85200
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|1940 |91247
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|1950 |105418
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|1960 |141286
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|1970 |155322  
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|1980 |154916
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|1990 |160976
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|2000 |169871
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|2010 |177934
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{{KS Census Intro|Shawnee}}
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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|Shawnee}}
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LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records
  
 
*Topeka
 
*Topeka
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Migration  ====
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==== African Americans ====
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{{KS African American Intro|Shawnee}}
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
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Cox. Thomas C. ''Blacks in Topeaka, (Shawnee County)&nbsp;Kansas, 1865-1915''.&nbsp;:a social history - Baton Rouge: Louisiana State university Press c.1982 236 p.&nbsp; F689.T6 C69 1982
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_River Kansas River]  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
:*[[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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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Shawnee}}
:*[[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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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Shawnee}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Shawnee}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Shawnee}}
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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/224003 1873 Land Plat book for Shawnee County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223961 1898 Land Plat book for Shawnee County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209454 1913 Land Plat book for Shawnee County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224002 1921 Land Plat book for Shawnee 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] - ($), index and images<br>
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For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Shawnee}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''Historical Sketch of Shawnee County, Kansas.''  1876.  By Frye William Giles. Topeka, Kansas : Commonwealth Steam Book and Job Printing House. Online at: [https://archive.org/details/historicalsketch00gile Internet Archive].
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*''History of Shawnee County Kansas.'' 1905.  Edited by James L. King.  Chicago, Illinois : Richmond & Arnold.  Online at: [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100770609 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/historyofshawnee00king Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23772 Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|866026724|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''William W. Cone's Historical Sketch of Shawnee County, Kansas.''  1877.  By William W. Cone.  Topeka, Kansas : Kansas Farmer Printing House.  Online at: [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008652646 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/williamwconeshis00cone Internet Archive], [https://books.google.com/books/about/William_W_Cone_s_Historical_Sketch_of_Sh.html?id=EYEUAAAAYAAJ Google Books]; {{WorldCat|7995867|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Witness of the Times : a History of Shawnee County.''  c1976.  By Roy D. Bird, Douglass W. Wallace, Shawnee County Historical Society.  Topeka, Kansas : Shawnee County Historical Society.  Online at: {{FSbook|10504518}}; {{WorldCat|14013164|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Shawnee}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Shawnee County}}}}
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Shawnee}}
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Early migration routes to and from Shawnee 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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:*[[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 ===
 +
{{KS Military Intro|Shawnee}}
 +
 
 +
==== Online Collections ====
 +
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>
 +
''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>
 +
*[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>
 +
''Civil War''<br>
  
*&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>
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*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]], [[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]].
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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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] - ($), Index only<br>
 +
*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''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] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1880-1940:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1700 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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>
 +
*[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>
 +
For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
  
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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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Shawnee}}
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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  ====
+
=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Shawnee}}
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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
  
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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[https://tscpl.org/research/databases Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Newspaper Index]. Click on "newspaper index".&nbsp;The keyword index contains articles, obituaries and events in the Topeka Capital Journal from 1989-1999.
  
Also, a considerable number of obituaries from 1936-1971 have been indexed.
+
=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== Probate ====
+
[https://tscpl.org/genealogy/obituary-request Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Obituaries Index].&nbsp;Click on "obituary index".&nbsp; The Index&nbsp;&nbsp;covers 1906-1935 and 1971 to the present.
  
==== Taxation  ====
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Also, many obituaries from 1936-1971 have been indexed.
  
==== Vital Records  ====
+
=== Other Records ===
 +
{{KS Other Records Intro|Shawnee}}
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'''Voter Records'''<br>
 +
*'''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
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
+
=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Shawnee}}
  
Shawnee County Historical Society website: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/
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=== Probate Records ===
 +
{{KS Probate Intro|Shawnee}}
  
==== 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|Shawnee}}
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 +
=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{KS Tax Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
==== Birth ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Shawnee}}
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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|Shawnee}}
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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|Shawnee}}
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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|Shawnee}}
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 +
== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[Topeka Kansas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Topeka Kansas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Shawnee}}
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 +
== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Shawnee}}
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'''Topeka Genealogical Society'''<br>2717 SE Indiana Ave<br>Topeka, KS 66605<br>Telephone: 785-233-5762<br>E-mail:[mailto:webmaster@tgstopeka.org webmaster@tgstopeka.org]<br>[http://www.tgstopeka.org/ Website]
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'''Shawnee County Historical Society'''<br>Cox Communication Heritage Education Center<br>1116-1118 SE Madison Avenue<br>PO Box 2201<br>Topeka, KS 66601<br>Telephone: 785-234-6097<br>[http://www.shawneecountyhistory.org/ Website]
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Shawnee}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/shawnee/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Shawnee|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204153|Kansas|Shawnee}}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/Shawnee/ Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Shawnee/ Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Shawnee}}
  
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== References ==
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[[Category:Shawnee_County,_Kansas]]
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[[Category:Shawnee_County,_Kansas]][[Category:Kansas_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 13:46, 16 November 2017

United States
Kansas
Shawnee County

Guide to Shawnee 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: Topeka
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Douglas  • Jackson  • Jefferson  • Osage  • Pottawatomie  • Wabaunsee
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasShawneeCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Shawnee County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for the Shawnee people. The County has Topeka as its seat and the County was created August 25, 1855 . The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

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

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. [3]

Shawnee County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1894 1856 1894 1858 1855 1859 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 Shawnee County, Kansas:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Auburn
  • Dover
  • Grove
  • Menoken
  • Mission
  • Monmouth
  • Rossville
  • Silver Lake
  • Soldier
  • Tecumseh
  • Topeka
  • Williamsport
Ghost towns


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

All of the family biographies from the History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens (1905) by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

The 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.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 3,513
1870 13,121 273.5%
1880 29,093 121.7%
1890 49,172 69.0%
1900 53,727 9.3%
1910 61,874 15.2%
1920 69,159 11.8%
1930 85,200 23.2%
1940 91,247 7.1%
1950 105,418 15.5%
1960 141,286 34.0%
1970 155,322 9.9%
1980 154,916 −0.3%
1990 160,976 3.9%
2000 169,871 5.5%
2010 177,934 4.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Kansas became a territory in 1854 and the first territory census taken was in 1855. It was also enumerated as Kansas Territory in the 1860 Federal Census, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. The state continued to take state censuses after it was admitted to the Union in 1861.[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.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Topeka

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Cox. Thomas C. Blacks in Topeaka, (Shawnee County) Kansas, 1865-1915. :a social history - Baton Rouge: Louisiana State university Press c.1982 236 p.  F689.T6 C69 1982

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 Shawnee County, Kansas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Kansas Local Histories.


Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Jackson CountyJefferson CountyDouglas CountyOsage CountyWabaunsee CountyPottawatomie CountyShawnee, Kansas.JPG
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for more resources


Migration

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

Military Records

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

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, many obituaries from 1936-1971 have been indexed.

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, Shawnee 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

Topeka Genealogical Society
2717 SE Indiana Ave
Topeka, KS 66605
Telephone: 785-233-5762
E-mail:webmaster@tgstopeka.org
Website

Shawnee County Historical Society
Cox Communication Heritage Education Center
1116-1118 SE Madison Avenue
PO Box 2201
Topeka, KS 66601
Telephone: 785-234-6097
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Shawnee, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee_County,_Kansas" 9/12/2017.
  3. 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.
  4. 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; 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, "Shawnee County, Kansas" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee_County,_Kansas#Townships, accessed 17 October 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).
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