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Guide to '''Smith County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
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|county seat= Smith Center
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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= [[Franklin County, Nebraska Genealogy|Franklin (NE)]]
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== County Information ==
  
Guide to '''Smith County, Kansas ancestry, family history and genealogy''' 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.<br>
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=== Description ===
{{Click|Image:KS_ORP.png|Kansas Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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The County was named for J. Nelson Smith. The County has Smith Center as its seat and the County was created 1872. The County is located in the north central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Smith, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_County,_Kansas" 9/12/2017.</ref>
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| state = Kansas
 
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| latd = 39.99
 
| longd = 91.19
 
| founded title = [[Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
 
| founded year = 1867
 
| founded date = February 26
 
| seat = [[Smith Center, Kansas|Smith Center]]
 
| building image = Smith county courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 100px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
 
| building address = '''[[Smith County, Kansas Courthouse|Smith County Courthouse]]'''<br>218 S. Grant Street<br>Smith Center, Kansas 66967-2798<br>Phone: 785.282.5110
 
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=== County Information  ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Smith County, Kansas Record Dates  ====
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'''Smith County Courthouse'''<br>218 S. Grant Street<br>Smith Center, Kansas 66967-2798<br>Phone: 785.282.5110<br>
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[http://www.smithcoks.com Website]<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1875.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1875.<br>County Clerk has land records from 1872. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith 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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=== Smith County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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{{KS Records Intro}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 232-245. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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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), Smith 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="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Death_Records|Death]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Taxation|Tax]]'''  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1891  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1872  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
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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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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Smith}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Smith County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Smith Center <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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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Smith}}
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The following are locations in Smith County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Smith County, Kansas" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 17 October 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athol,_Kansas Athol]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar,_Kansas Cedar]
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</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord,_Kansas Gaylord]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington,_Kansas Kensington]
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</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon,_Kansas Lebanon]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Center,_Kansas Smith Center]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellaire,_Kansas Bellaire]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudell,_Kansas Claudell]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan,_Kansas Harlan]</div>
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* Banner
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* Beaver
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* Blaine
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* Cedar
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* Center
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* Cora
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* Crystal Plains
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* Dor
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* Garfield</div>
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* German
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* Harian
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* Harvey
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* Houston
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* Lane
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* Lincoln
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* Logan
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* Martin</div>
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* Oak
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* Pawnee
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* Pleasant
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* Swan
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* Valley
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* Washington
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* Webster
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* White Rock</div>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Smith}}
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Smith}}
  
[http://www.smithcoks.com Smith County Courthouse]<br>218 S Grant Street<br>Smith Center, KS 66967<br>Phone: 785.282.6533<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1875.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1875.<br>County Clerk has land records from 1872. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith 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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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Smith}}
  
== History ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Smith}}
  
'''1867--'''Smith County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.'''County seat:''' Smith Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Smith}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Smith 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/archives/smith.htm KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/smith.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=92 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Smith%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/smith.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|415329|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Smith+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=975 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Smith&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=5035&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=32&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Smith 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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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_County,_Kansas "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1870 |66
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|1880 |13883
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|1890 |15613
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|1900 |16384
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|1910 |15365
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|1920 |14985
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|1930 |13545
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|1940 |10582
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|1950 |8846
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|1960 |7776
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|1970 |6757  
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|1980 |5947
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|1990 |5078
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|2000 |4536
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|2010 |3853
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{{KS Census Intro|Smith}}
  
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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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
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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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>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{KS Church Intro|Smith}}
  
*Lebanon
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'''''Lutheran'''''<br>
*Smith Center
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*Records of the Christ Lutheran Church, Gaylord, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
[[Image:Kssmith.jpg|700px|Kssmith.jpg]]
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Smith}}
  
*[[Franklin County, Nebraska Genealogy|Franklin County, Nebraska]]
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=== Directories ===
*[[Jewell County, Kansas Genealogy|Jewell]]
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{{KS Directories Intro|Smith}}
*[[Osborne County, Kansas Genealogy|Osborne]]
 
*[[Phillips County, Kansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
 
*[[Webster County, Nebraska Genealogy|Webster County, Nebraska]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Smith}}
  
{{KS Church Intro}}  
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Smith}}
  
===== Lutheran  =====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Smith}}
  
*Records of the Christ Lutheran Church, Gaylord, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Smith}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209373 1900 Land Plat book for Smith County] - image of plat book<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224004 1917 Land Plat book for Smith County] - image of plat book<br>
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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|Smith}}
  
==== Court  ====
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{{KS History Intro}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Smith}}
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Smith County}}}}
  
{{KS Land Intro}}
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[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209373 Plat Book, Smith County, Kansas, 1900], Northwest Publishing Co.<ref>Kansas Memory, Kansas Historical Society</ref>&nbsp; This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory and plats of towns as of the year of publication.
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Smith}}
  
{{KS History Intro}}  
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Maps  ====
 
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209373 Plat Book, Smith County, Kansas, 1900], Northwest Publishing Co.<ref>Kansas Memory, Kansas Historical Society</ref>&nbsp; This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory and plats of towns as of the year of publication.<br>  
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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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*Smith County was organized after the Civil War.
  
==== Military  ====
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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>
 +
*'''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>
 +
''Vietnam War''<br>
 +
*[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]].
  
Smith County was organized after the Civil War.<br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Smith}}
 +
*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1865 - 1874''' - [https://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-kansas-indians.html Kansas Indian Naturalizations, ca. 1865-1874] at the [https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] — Index, District of Kansas, Record Group 21.
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*'''1865 - 1984''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61199 Kansas, Federal Naturalization Records, 1865-1984] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2137 Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Smith}}
 +
''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
 +
''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
 +
*[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
  
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Smith}}  
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=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Other Records ===
 +
{{KS Other Records Intro|Smith}}
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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
  
'''Online Records'''
+
=== Periodicals ===
 +
{{KS Periodicals Intro|Smith}}
  
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
+
=== Probate Records ===
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Smith}}
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Smith}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
+
'''Online Records
  
{{KS Tax Intro}}
+
*'''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 $
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== School Records ===
 +
{{KS Schools Intro|Smith}}
  
{{KS Vital Intro}}  
+
=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{KS Tax Intro|Smith}}
  
===== Birth Records  =====
+
=== Vital Records ===
 +
{{KS Vital Intro|Smith}}
 +
 
 +
==== Birth ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Smith}}
 +
 
 +
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''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 $
  
===== Death Records  =====
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==== Marriage ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Smith}}
  
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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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
 +
 
 +
==== Death ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Smith}}
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 +
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''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 $
  
===== Marriage Records =====
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==== Divorce ====
 +
{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Smith}}
 +
 
 +
== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Smith}}
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 +
=== Archives ===
 +
{{KS Archives Intro|Smith}}
  
*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
+
=== Family History Centers ===
*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
+
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
 
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Libraries ===
 +
{{KS Libraries Intro|Smith}}
  
'''Smith Center Public Library''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.  
+
'''Smith Center Public Library''': Library holdings can be searched in [http://ckls.kohalibrary.com Pathfinder Central]. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Museums ===
 +
{{KS Museums Intro|Smith}}
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Smith}}
 +
'''Smith County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 38<br>Kensington 66951
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Smith}}
  
 
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/smith/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
 
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/smith/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Smith|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204167|Kansas|Smith}}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/Smith/ Smith County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Smith/ Smith County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Smith}}
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
 
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Latest revision as of 21:06, 14 February 2018

United States
Kansas
Smith County

Guide to Smith 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: Smith Center
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Franklin (NE)  • Jewell  • Osborne  • Phillips  • Webster (NE)
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasSmithCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for J. Nelson Smith. The County has Smith Center as its seat and the County was created 1872. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Smith County Courthouse
218 S. Grant Street
Smith Center, Kansas 66967-2798
Phone: 785.282.5110
Website

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1875.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1875.
County Clerk has land records from 1872. [3]

Smith 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1875 1891 1875 1872 1875 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 Smith County, Kansas:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Banner
  • Beaver
  • Blaine
  • Cedar
  • Center
  • Cora
  • Crystal Plains
  • Dor
  • Garfield
  • German
  • Harian
  • Harvey
  • Houston
  • Lane
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Martin
  • Oak
  • Pawnee
  • Pleasant
  • Swan
  • Valley
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • White Rock


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Smith 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.  %±
1870 66
1880 13,883 20934.8%
1890 15,613 12.5%
1900 16,384 4.9%
1910 15,365 −6.2%
1920 14,985 −2.5%
1930 13,545 −9.6%
1940 10,582 −21.9%
1950 8,846 −16.4%
1960 7,776 −12.1%
1970 6,757 −13.1%
1980 5,947 −12.0%
1990 5,078 −14.6%
2000 4,536 −10.7%
2010 3,853 −15.1%
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.


Lutheran

  • Records of the Christ Lutheran Church, Gaylord, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Smith 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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Plat Book, Smith County, Kansas, 1900, Northwest Publishing Co.[10]  This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory and plats of towns as of the year of publication.

Migration

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

  • Smith County was organized after the 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

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, Smith 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

Smith Center Public Library: Library holdings can be searched in Pathfinder Central. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.

Museums

Societies

Smith County Historical Society
PO Box 38
Kensington 66951

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Smith, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_County,_Kansas" 9/12/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith 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), Smith 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, "Smith County, Kansas" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_County,_Kansas#Communities, 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. Kansas Memory, Kansas Historical Society