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[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~pyle/DoniphanPlat1882.html 1882 Doniphan County Plat Book]  
 
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~pyle/DoniphanPlat1882.html 1882 Doniphan County Plat Book]  
  
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*Bendena Centennial Committee. <u>Bendena, Kansas, Centennial, 1887-1987.</u> N.p.: 1988. (K978.1/-D71/B432).  
 
*Bendena Centennial Committee. <u>Bendena, Kansas, Centennial, 1887-1987.</u> N.p.: 1988. (K978.1/-D71/B432).  
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[http://www.kshs.org/index.htm Kansas State Historical Society] houses one of the largest newspaper collections.&nbsp; They have [http://www.kshs.org/library/search.php?city=&title=&county=DP&state=KS&begyr=&endyr=&arrange=title&submit=SEARCH 225 reels of Doniphan newspapers] which may be available through interlibrary loan. Titles include Highland Vidette 1892 - 2002, Weekly Kansas Chief 1873 - 1918, Kansas Chief 1920 - 2003, Severance Weekly News 1891 - 1926, Wathena Times 1905 - 2001, White Cloud Globe (Tribune) 1892 - 1946, White Cloud Review 1883 - 1921, and many more.<br>  
 
[http://www.kshs.org/index.htm Kansas State Historical Society] houses one of the largest newspaper collections.&nbsp; They have [http://www.kshs.org/library/search.php?city=&title=&county=DP&state=KS&begyr=&endyr=&arrange=title&submit=SEARCH 225 reels of Doniphan newspapers] which may be available through interlibrary loan. Titles include Highland Vidette 1892 - 2002, Weekly Kansas Chief 1873 - 1918, Kansas Chief 1920 - 2003, Severance Weekly News 1891 - 1926, Wathena Times 1905 - 2001, White Cloud Globe (Tribune) 1892 - 1946, White Cloud Review 1883 - 1921, and many more.<br>  
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*Scholastic census, 1892-1916 [AR 6683-6685, AR 6699-6701]<br>
 
*Scholastic census, 1892-1916 [AR 6683-6685, AR 6699-6701]<br>
  
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[http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/localgovt/microfilm/doniphan.htm Kansas State Historical Society] holds these titles on microfilm. They may be available through interlibrary loan:  
 
[http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/localgovt/microfilm/doniphan.htm Kansas State Historical Society] holds these titles on microfilm. They may be available through interlibrary loan:  

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Doniphan 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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Coordinates: 39.99°0′N 91.19°0′W / 39.99°N 91.19°W / 39.99; -91.19

Doniphan County, Kansas
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Map of Kansas highlighting Doniphan County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Troy
Courthouse
Photo courtesy [[]]
Address Doniphan County Courthouse
Main Street
Troy, Kansas 66087
Phone: 785.985.3513

Contents

County Courthouse

Doniphan County Courthouse
Main Street
Troy, KS 66087
Phone: 785.985.3513 

Clerk District Court has birth and death reords1898-1910, marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1856.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1858.
A yearly county census is taken.[1]

History

Named for Col. Alexander W. Doniphan, of Missouri. He commanded a regiment of cavalry during the Mexican War, marching across the plains, and taking a very prominent part in the conquest of New Mexico. He was a zealous partisan in the effort made to extend slavery into Kansas.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Doniphan County, Kansas

Parent County

1855--Doniphan County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county. County seat: Troy [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bendena
Blair
Brenner
Denton
Doniphan
Elwood
Fanning
Highland
Iowa Point
Leona
Moray
Palermo
Purcell
Severance
Sparks
Troy
Wathena
White Cloud

Extinct Communities

Arizona, Belmont Trading post, Bryan, Buffalo, Charlestown, Cold Spring Pony Express Station, Columbus, Cottonwood Springs, Evansville, Fairview, Green Top, Iola, Lafayette, LaPorte, Lawrence, LeRoy, Lewiston, Mount Vernon, Normanville, Palermo, Petersburgh, Rogersville, Smithton, Syracuse, Walnut Grove.

Kansas Heritage gives details on all these locations.

Neighboring Counties
Doniphan and surrounding counties

Note: The wandering Missouri River forms Dohiphan's northern and eastern borders separating it from the Missouri counties of Holt, Andrew, and Buchanan. The main population center for the area is St Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri which, because of the meander of the river, almost surrounds the Doniphan town of Elwood. Doniphan's larger towns; Elwood, Wathena, and Troy; all lay in the vicinity of St Joseph, Missouri.  It is important to look for records of residence of Doniphan in these surrounding Nebraska and Missouri counties especially Buchanan, Missouri.

Resources

Cemeteries

Kansas State Historical Society holds these titles on microfilm.  They may be available through interlibrary loan:

  • Cemetery record, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Troy, KS, 1871-1913 [AR 6783]

List of Doniphan cemeteries in 1906 according to  Transactions of the Kansas State Horticultural Society, vol. XXVIII (1906), pp. 325-377.[3] With additions from Doniphan County, Kansas, GenWeb and Doniphan County Cemeteries.  A surname index to many of these cemeteries, "Cemetery Readings of Doniphan Co., KS" by Speedy & Gail Stewart,  can be found at Doniphan County Cemeteries.

Andersons - Denton
Belleview
Bellemont - Wathena
Bitner - Bendena
Burrell
Carters - Blair
Chapple (Abbett)
Charleston - Troy
Collins
Columbus - Wathena
Courter-Ritchey - Troy
Cowger
Denton - Denton
Dittemore
Doniphan - Doniphan
Edwards (Buzard)
France (family)
Fanning (St James) - Sparks
Fanning (Prot) - Sparks
German Reform C
Gladden
Hedrick (Jenkins)
Highland - Highland
Iola - Sparks
Iowa Point - Oregon
Jackson - Wathena
Jordan Creek Baptist Church - Bendena
King Hill - Doniphan
Lafayette Cemetery and Others - Sparks
Lutheran
Martin - Oregon
McClelland
McHamner
Moskau - Wathena
Moray
Mosquito Creek
Mt. Calvary - Oneida
Mt. Olive - Troy
New Hope
Oak Hill - Highland
Old Home - Troy
Olive Branch (White Cloud) - White Cloud
Palermo
Pennell
Pleasant Hill
Robertsons - Bendena
Rosedale (Cordonier) - Gear City
Smith
Smithon
Sollars
Springer
St. Benedict - Bendena
St. Charles (Catholic Cemetery) - Troy
St. Mary's - Denton
Steanson
Syracuse - Fanning
Tambor (Hartman) - Wathena
Tesson
Victory - Bendena
Walnut Grove
Wolf River
Woods
Zion (Smith Creek)


Church

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.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Wathena

Court - District and Probate

Doniphan County Clerk

(785) 985- 3513 Fax (785) 985-3723
Mailing Address – P.O. Box 278 - Troy, Kansas 66087
Physical Address – 120 East Chestnut - South Side 1st Floor - County Courthouse - Troy, Kansas
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

District Court

(785) 985-3582 & (785) 985-3583 Fax (785) 985-2402
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 295 - Troy, Kansas 66087
Physical Address - 120 East Chestnut - 2nd Floor County Courthouse -Troy, Kansas

Kansas State Historical Society holds these titles on microfilm.  They may be available through interlibrary loan:

  • Civil appearance dockets, 1858-1923 [AR 6751-6755]
  • District court journals, 1858-1918 [AR 6755-6762]
  • Judgement docket and record book, 1858-1926 [AR 6762-6763]
  • Marriage records, 1856-1921 [AR 6746-6749]
  • Naturalization index, 1881-1942 [AR 6750]
  • Naturalization certificate stubs, 1925-1928 [AR 6750]
  • Naturalization declaration of intention, petitions, and record, 1906-1934 [AR 6750]
  • Naturalization final record, 1859-1910 [AR 6763-6766]
  • Naturalization miscellaneous citizenship papers, 1905-1934 [AR 6750]
  • Probate court index and abstracts, 1855-1938 [AR 6767, AR 6778]
  • Probate court journals, 1858-1923 [AR 6778-6783]
  • Probate case files, 1857-1917 [AR 6796-6797, AR 6784-6793, AR 6798, AR 7066-7067, AR 11934]
  • Will records, 1882-1915 [AR 6767-6769]
  • Other probate records, 1858-1935 [AR 6766-6778, AR 6784-6798, AR 7066-7067]

Land

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.

Register of Deeds

Phone - (785) 985-3932
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 73 - Troy, Kansas 66087
Physical Address - 120 E Chestnut Troy, Kansas 66087

Kansas State Historical Society holds these titles on microfilm. They may be available through interlibrary loan:

  • Indexes, 1856-1908 [AR 6651-6652, AR 6681-6683]
  • Deed and mortgage records, 1856-1919 [AR 6649, AR 6652-6683, AR 6698]
  • Troy City Cemetery record, Mt. Olive Cemetery, 1871-1913 [AR 6783]

1882 Doniphan County Plat Book

Probate

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 Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Kansas, Doniphan and click Probate records.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Doniphan County, Kansas. 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.

  • Bendena Centennial Committee. Bendena, Kansas, Centennial, 1887-1987. N.p.: 1988. (K978.1/-D71/B432).
  • Brazelton, Ralph. History of Wathena, Kansas. N.p.: 1978. (K978.1/-D71/ Pam.v.1/no. 4).
  • Bridges, C.G. A Sketch of Doniphan County, Kansas. Troy, KS: Bulletin Office, 1878. (K978.1/-D71/ Pam.v.1/no. 2).
  • Caldwell, Martha B., ed. "Records of the Squatter Association of Whitehead District, Doniphan County". Kansas Historical Quarterly 13 (Feb. 1944): 16-35. (SP 906/K13q). Available online.
  • Cutler, William G., "Doniphan County," History of the State of Kansas. Chicago, IL: A. T. Andreas, 1883. Available online.
  • "Doniphan Village Twice Site of Once-Thriving Community", Atchison Daily Globe (2nd). Dec. 11, 1949. [1 p.]. (Reel: A1859).
  • Gray, Patrick L. Gray's Doniphan County History: A record of the happenings of half a hundred years. Bendena, KS: Roycroft Press, 1905. (Reel: MF 295, no. 7). See the whole book online; or a complete transcription.
  • Historical Plat Book of Doniphan County, Kansas with illistrations. (1882) Chicogo, IL: J S Bird. (Digitized) Along with maps with family names on indivdual plots, this book contains a county history, population, demographics, organizations, government, newspapers, biographical sketches, and more.
    • Kansas State Historical Society. Doniphan County Clippings, 1858-1988. (4 vols.). Topeka, KS: KSHS, n.d. (K978.1/-D71/Clipp.).
  • ________. Index to Gray's Doniphan County History. Topeka, KS: KSHS, 1974. (Reel: MF 295, no. 8).
  • Kercher, Delno. History of Leona, 1885. N.p.: n.d. (K978.1/-D71/Mss/no. 1).
  • Lynn, C.P. "Makers of Kansas History: A Series of Sketches of Characters & Events". Ness County News & Ness City Times. May 26-June 30, 1906. [6 pp.]. (Reel: N497).
  • Montgomery, Walter B. "Illustrated Doniphan County, 1837-1916". [Troy] Weekly Kansas Chief. Apr. 6, 1916. [386 pp.]. (Reel: T2069).
  • Smith, R.F., ed. Doniphan County, Kansas: History & Directory for 1868-9. N.p.: Smith, Vaughan & Co., 1868. (Reel: LM 475, no. 1).  Also available on Google Books.

Maps

Plat Book of Doniphan County Kansas. (1904) (Digitized) This atlas includes plats of the townships and largest towns of Doniphan County with the names of landholders. It also includes a patrons' directory.

Historical Plat Book of Doniphan County, Kansas with illistrations. (1882) Chicogo, IL: J S Bird. (Digitized)

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Doniphan County, Kansas for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Men from this County enlisted in 1st Infantry Regiment, Company A.

Newspapers

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

Kansas State Historical Society houses one of the largest newspaper collections.  They have 225 reels of Doniphan newspapers which may be available through interlibrary loan. Titles include Highland Vidette 1892 - 2002, Weekly Kansas Chief 1873 - 1918, Kansas Chief 1920 - 2003, Severance Weekly News 1891 - 1926, Wathena Times 1905 - 2001, White Cloud Globe (Tribune) 1892 - 1946, White Cloud Review 1883 - 1921, and many more.

School Records

Kansas State Historical Society holds these titles on microfilm. They may be available through interlibrary loan:

  • Scholastic census, 1892-1916 [AR 6683-6685, AR 6699-6701]

Taxation

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.

Kansas State Historical Society holds these titles on microfilm. They may be available through interlibrary loan:

  • Marriage records, 1856-1921 [AR 6746-6749]
  • Vital statistics, 1898-1916 [AR 6749]

Societies and Libraries

Doniphan County Library Distict (785) 985-2597

Central Library 105 N. Main / P. O. Box 458 / Troy, KS 66087

Branches:

  • Elwood Branch Library (913) 365-2409;  410 N. 9th / Elwood, Kansas 66024
  • Highland Branch Library (785) 442-3078;  306 W. Main / Highland, Kansas 66035
  • Wathena Branch Library (785) 989-4834;  206 St. Joseph / Wathena, KS 66090


Highland Community College Library (785) 442-6000 505 West Main St. / Highland, Kansas 66035

Doniphan County Historical Society, 105 North Main, Troy, KS 66087

Ma Hush Kah Historical Society, Route 2, Box 16, White Cloud, KS 66094

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Doniphan County, Kansas page 250 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).
  3. Kansas State Historical Society Cemeteries in Kansas, 1906.
  4. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).