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Guide to Linn County, Kansas ancestry, family history and genealogy 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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Linn County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Linn 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 Mound City
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Address Linn County Courthouse
P.O. Box B
Mound City, Kansas 66056-0601
Phone: 913.795.2668


County Information

Linn County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Tax Land Probate
1885 1855 1885 1860 1857 1855

County Courthouse

Linn County Courthouse
PO Box B;
Mound City, KS 66056-0601
Phone: 913.795.2668

Clerk District Court has probate and court records from 1855.
Register of Deeds has land records and military records from 1900.
County Library/Museum has birth, marriage, and death records from 1855,
divorce records, cemetery records from 1910,
military records 1861-1865 and newspapers from 1864. [2]


Parent County

1855--Linn County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. County seat: Mound City [3]

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

Local histories are available for Linn 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.



Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Linn County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Kansas.

During the Civil War men from this county enlisted in the 2nd Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, Company I; 2nd Regiment, Kansas Militia Infantry, Company F; 6th Regiment, Kansas Militia Infantry, Company K; 7th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, Companies B and G; 11th Regiment, Kansas Infantry, Company A; 12 Regiment, Kansas Militia Infantry, Company K;  15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, Company M.


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


Online 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, Linn 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.

Societies and Libraries

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. 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
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Linn County, Kansas page 252, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)


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