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*Sumner County was organized after the Civil War began. Please see [[Butler County, Kansas|Butler]] and [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] counties for Civil War records<br>
*Sumner County was organized after the Civil War began. Please see [[Butler County, Kansas|Butler]] and [[Marion County, Kansas|Marion]] counties for Civil War records<br>
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Sumner County, Kansas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Sumner County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Sumner County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
County Seat Wellington
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Address Sumner County Courthouse
500 N. Washington Ave.
Wellington, Kansas 67152-4096
Phone: 316.326.3395

County Courthouse

Sumner County Courthouse
500 N Washington
Wellington, KS 67152<span
Phone: 316.326.3395

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Clerk has land records. [1]


Parent County

1867--Sumner County was created 26 February 1867 from Butler and Marion Counties. County seat: Wellington [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.



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.

Local Histories

A Portrait and biographical album of Sumner County, Kansas containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county... (1885) is available online free from Google Books. Parts I and II contain biographies of the U.S. presidents and Kentucky governors. Part III (starts about p.160) contains biographies of Sumner County residents.



  • Sumner County was organized after the Civil War began. Please see Butler and Marion counties for Civil War records


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Sumner County, Kansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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, Sumner and click Probate 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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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