Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy

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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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Online Records

County Courthouse

Woodson County Courthouse
105 W. Rutledge
Yates Center, KS 66783
Phone: 316.625.3162

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]


Parent County

1855--Woodson County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. County seat: Yates Center [2]

History of Woodson County, by Mrs. S. E. Chase, 1877

History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler, 1883. Woodson County section.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


  • Yates Center
  • Toronto
  • Neosho Falls


  • Piqua
  • Vernon
  • Rose
  • Batesville
  • Athens

Ghost Towns

  • Defiance
  • Kalida

Neighboring Counties



Find A Grave Cemeteries in Woodson County




Local Histories

Drought Reports, Kansas Territory, 1860
Includes a report from E. Condit of Woodson County

Lands in the New York Indian Reserve, Kansas Territory, 1860
No names but good historical background.

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.

The Illinois Picnic Association of Woodson County was formed "for the benefit of the Ill. settlers." Includes names. 1881.

American Legion Auxiliary, Woodson County, 1921


Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, 1904
Maps of townships, plats of towns, and owners' names.


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.




Vital Records

GenWeb Transcribed Births and Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Kansas Historical Society
Online primary sources for Woodson County. Free; no registration required.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas page 257, 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).