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In 1861, Kansas was created from the Territory of Kansas. Statewide registration of births began in 1911 in Kansas. The counties may have copies of these records.

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Births before 1861

Kansas did not exist at this time and was known as the Territory of Kansas . Before 1861 few births were recorded by the county or city clerk. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.[1]

Territorial Records 1854-1861 may be searched at the online site of Kansas Historical Society.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births prior to July 1, 1911

  • 18-- - Kansas law required counties to record births
  • Kansas was created from the Territory of Kansas in 1861
  • 1911 - Kansas Statewide birth registration began


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following databases.

Kansas Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


18---19-- - At  Free;  collection also contains delayed birth records
Try 2nd: 1885-1911  Kansas Birth and Christenings Index Ancestry
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information
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Births from 1911 to the Present

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics.

West Virginia Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
18---19-- - At  Free;  collection also contains delayed birth records
Try 2nd:

Free;
Next try:
Ancestry database: Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:

1818 -1936 Kansas, Births and Christenings - at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1885 - 1911 Kansas, Births and Christenings use your own Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two: Part B listed below. You may be able to order the birth record for your ancestor from the Kansas Department of Health State Office.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of birth

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Birth Certificates
From County of Birth From KN Dept. Office of Vital Statistics
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records

If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information. celabrate

PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Kansas Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics will do a ---- year search.

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records

If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information.

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Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records

Currently, the Office of Vital Statistics does allow requests for genealogical research. Pre-1940 records may be requested by an individual related as at least a cousin. Post 1940 records must be requested by an immediate family member.

If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information.

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American Indian Vital Records

1901-1933 Bureau of Indian Affairs. Potawatomi Agency FHL 264120


References

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Kansas. by Kansas Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. 1942 FHL film 874348 (item1); FHL book 978.1 V2h


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