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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Woodson County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Woodson County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded August 30, 1855
County Seat Yates Center
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Address Woodson County Courthouse
105 W. Rutledge Street
Yates Center, Kansas 66783-1237
Phone: 316.625.8605

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


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

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.

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.



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.


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.

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).