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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Woodson County''' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Woodson County'''<br>
  
'''Woodson 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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Guide to '''Woodson 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
  
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|organized=  August 30,  1855
| county = Woodson County
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|county seat= Yates Center
| county_map = 200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Woodson County svg.bmp
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|parent county= Original county <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
| state = Kansas
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|county1= [[Allen County, Kansas Genealogy|Allen]]
| latd = 39.99
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|county2= [[Anderson County, Kansas Genealogy|Anderson]]
| longd = 91.19
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|county3= [[Coffey County, Kansas Genealogy|Coffey]]
| founded title = [[Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
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|county4= [[Greenwood County, Kansas Genealogy|Greenwood]]
| founded year = 1855
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|county5= [[Neosho County, Kansas Genealogy|Neosho]]
| founded date = August 30
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|county6= [[Wilson County, Kansas Genealogy|Wilson]]</br><center>[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
| seat wl= Yates Center
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| building address = '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Courthouse|Woodson County Courthouse]]'''<br>105 W. Rutledge Street<br>Yates Center, Kansas 66783-1237<br>Phone: 316.625.8605
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Woodson}}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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'''Woodson County Courthouse'''<br>105 W. Rutledge Street<br>Yates Center, Kansas 66783-1237<br>Phone: 316.625.8605<br>[http://www.woodsoncounty.net/ Woodson County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1885-1911, marriage records from 1860, divorce and probate records from 1863, court records from 1934 and land records from 1861. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[http://www.woodsoncounty.net/ Woodson County Courthouse]<br>105 W. Rutledge<br>Yates Center, KS 66783<br>Phone: 316.625.3162<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1885-1911, marriage records from 1860,<br> divorce and probate records from 1863, court records from 1934 <br>and land records from 1861. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas page 257, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== Woodson County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <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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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1864
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== History  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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'''1855--'''Woodson County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. '''County seat:''' Yates Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Woodson}}
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*'''1855--'''Woodson County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
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*'''County seat:''' Yates Center <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219876 History of Woodson County], by Mrs. S. E. Chase, 1877<br>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Woodson}}
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The following are locations in Woodson County, Kansas:
  
History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler, 1883. [http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/woodson/woodson-co-p1.html Woodson County section.]<br>
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'''Incorporated'''
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* Yates Center
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* Toronto
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* Neosho Falls
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'''Unincorporated'''
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* Athens
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* Batesville
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* Piqua
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* Vernon
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* Rose
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'''Ghost Towns'''
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* Defiance
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* Kalida
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Woodson}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Woodson}}
  
'''Incorporated'''
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Woodson}}
  
*Yates Center
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=== Cemeteries ===
*Toronto
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Woodson}}
*Neosho Falls
 
  
'''Unincorporated'''  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Woodson 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=987&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/archives/woodson.htm KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/woodson.htm KSInterment]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/woodson.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=104 Kansas Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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|537493|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Woodson+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
*Piqua
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*Vernon
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
*Rose
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*Batesville
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=987 Findagrave.com]
*Athens<br>
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Woodson&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
'''Ghost Towns'''<br>  
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=987 Find A Grave Cemeteries in Woodson County]
  
*Defiance<br>
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=== Census Records ===
*Kalida<br>
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{{KS Census Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1875''' - {{RecordSearch|1825178|Kansas State Census, 1875}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
*[[Allen County, Kansas|Allen]]
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=== Church Records ===
*[[Anderson County, Kansas|Anderson]]
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{{KS Church Intro|Woodson}}
*[[Coffey County, Kansas|Coffey]]
 
*[[Greenwood County, Kansas|Greenwood]]
 
*[[Neosho County, Kansas|Neosho]]
 
*[[Wilson County, Kansas|Wilson]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Court Records ===
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{{KS Court Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Woodson}}
  
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=987 Find A Grave Cemeteries in Woodson County]<br>
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Woodson}}
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90569 Drought Reports, Kansas Territory, 1860]<br>Includes a report from E. Condit of Woodson County<br>
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{KS Land Intro|Woodson}}
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90803 Lands in the New York Indian Reserve, Kansas Territory, 1860]<br>No names but good historical background. <br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS Histories Intro|Woodson}}
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{{KS History Intro}}
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*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90569 Drought Reports, Kansas Territory, 1860] - Includes a report from E. Condit of Woodson County
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*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90803 Lands in the New York Indian Reserve, Kansas Territory, 1860] - No names but good historical background.
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*[http://www.kancoll.org/books/andersonm/mga_part2.htm The Story of a Kansas Pioneer,] by Melissa Genett Anderson - Life story of a woman who moved to Neosho Falls, Woodson County, in 1860. Filled with details of what life was like.
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*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219878 The Illinois Picnic Association of Woodson County] - was formed "for the benefit of the Ill. settlers." Includes names. 1881.
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*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219880 American Legion Auxiliary, Woodson County, 1921]
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*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219876 History of Woodson County] -  by Mrs. S. E. Chase, 1877
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*[http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/woodson/woodson-co-p1.html History of the State of Kansas - Woodson County section] - by William G. Cutler, 1883.
  
[http://www.kancoll.org/books/andersonm/mga_part2.htm The Story of a Kansas Pioneer,] by Melissa Genett Anderson<br>Life story of a woman who moved to Neosho Falls, Woodson County, in 1860. Filled with details of what life was like.<br>
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KS Maps Intro|Woodson}}
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[[Image:Kswoodson.jpg|700px|Kswoodson.jpg]]
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219878 The Illinois Picnic Association] of Woodson County was formed "for the benefit of the Ill. settlers." Includes names. 1881.<br>
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[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209413 Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, 1904]<br>Maps of townships, plats of towns, and owners' names.
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/219880 American Legion Auxiliary, Woodson County, 1921] <br>
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=== Migration ===
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{{KS Migration Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{KS Military Intro|Woodson}}
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209413 Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, 1904]<br>Maps of townships, plats of towns, and owners' names.<br>
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ks/woodson/military/1883.txt Woodson County, KS 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll]
  
==== Military  ====
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During the Civil War in 1861 men from [[Wilson County, Kansas Genealogy|Wilson]], Woodson and [[Greenwood County, Kansas Genealogy|Greenwood]] counties organized the [[14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry]].
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ks/woodson/military/1883.txt Woodson County, KS 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll]<br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Woodson}}
  
During the Civil War in 1861 men from [[Wilson County, Kansas|Wilson]], Woodson and [[Greenwood County, Kansas|Greenwood]] counties organized the [[14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry|14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry]].
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{KS Newspapers Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Woodson}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{KS Obituaries Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{KS Other Records Intro|Woodson}}
  
==== Vital Records<br>  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{KS Periodicals Intro|Woodson}}
  
[http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/woodson.htm GenWeb Transcribed Births and Deaths]<br>
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{KS Probate Intro|Woodson}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Online Records
  
[http://www.kansasmemory.org/category/3157 Kansas Historical Society]<br>Online primary sources for Woodson County. Free; no registration required.<br>
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*'''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 $
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{KS Schools Intro|Woodson}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{KS Tax Intro|Woodson}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{KS Vital Intro|Woodson}}
  
*[http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/woodson/ GenWeb for Woodson County]<br>
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/woodson.htm GenWeb Transcribed Births and Deaths]
*[http://www.woodsoncounty.net/ Woodson County Home Page]<br>
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*[http://www.skyways.org/counties/WO/ State Library of Kansas Info and Links for Woodson County]<br>
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==== Birth ====
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Woodson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Woodson}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Woodson/ Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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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|Woodson}}
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*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1986789|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
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==== Death ====
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{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Woodson}}
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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|Woodson}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Woodson}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{KS Archives Intro|Woodson}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{KS Libraries Intro|Woodson}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{KS Museums Intro|Woodson}}
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== Societies ==
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{{KS Societies Intro|Woodson}}
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'''Woodson County Kansas Genealogy Society'''<br>608 North Prairie<br>Yates Center 66783
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'''Woodson County Historical Society'''<br> 208 W. Mary<br> Yates Center, KS 66783<br> Telephone Number: 620-625-2626 <br>[http://www.getruralkansas.com/Yates-Center/146Explore/556.shtml Website]<br>[http://www.kansasmemory.org/category/3157 Kansas Historical Society]<br>Online primary sources for Woodson County. Free; no registration required.
  
== References  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{KS Websites Intro|Woodson}}
  
<references />
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/woodson/index.html GenWeb for Woodson County]
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*[http://www.woodsoncounty.net/ Woodson County Home Page]
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*[https://kslib.info/221/Online-Databases State Library of Kansas]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204220|Kansas|Woodson}}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
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Woodson/ Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
{{Kansas|Kansas}}  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Woodson}}
  
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Woodson_County,_Kansas]]
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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[[Category:Woodson_County,_Kansas]][[Category:Kansas_Counties]]

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United StatesGotoarrow.png Kansas Gotoarrow.png Woodson County

Guide to Woodson 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: Yates Center
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county [1]
Neighboring Counties
Allen  • Anderson  • Coffey  • Greenwood  • Neosho  • Wilson
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasWoodsonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Woodson County svg.bmp
Adoption
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Woodson County Courthouse
105 W. Rutledge Street
Yates Center, Kansas 66783-1237
Phone: 316.625.8605
Woodson County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1885-1911, marriage records from 1860, divorce and probate records from 1863, court records from 1934 and land records from 1861. [1]

Woodson County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1860 1885 1858 1864

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1855--Woodson County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
  • County seat: Yates Center [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Woodson County, Kansas:

Incorporated

  • Yates Center
  • Toronto
  • Neosho Falls

Unincorporated

  • Athens
  • Batesville
  • Piqua
  • Vernon
  • Rose

Ghost Towns

  • Defiance
  • Kalida

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Woodson 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

Find A Grave Cemeteries in Woodson County

Census Records

Kansas Territory was enumerated in 1860, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. [3] See links listed below.

State Census

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Kansas Church Records.


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kansas Land and Property for additional information about early Kansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Woodson 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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Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, 1904
Maps of townships, plats of towns, and owners' names.

Migration

Military Records

Woodson County, KS 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll

During the Civil War in 1861 men from Wilson, Woodson and Greenwood counties organized the 14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other 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, Woodson 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

Woodson County Kansas Genealogy Society
608 North Prairie
Yates Center 66783

Woodson County Historical Society
208 W. Mary
Yates Center, KS 66783
Telephone Number: 620-625-2626
Website
Kansas Historical Society
Online primary sources for Woodson County. Free; no registration required.

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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
  3. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.