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Douglas 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

Douglas County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Douglas 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 Lawrence
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Address Douglas County Courthouse
111 E. 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: 785.841.7700


County Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
111 E 11th;
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785.841.7700

Clerk Discharge Court has probate and court records from 1863
naturalization records 1867-1953. Registrar of Deeds has land records.
Spencer Research Lib has marriage 1863-1912. [1]


Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties







Local Histories


Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas, 1873 published by F.W. Beers and Co., New York. Available on Kansas Memory.

Plat Book and Complete Survey of Douglas County, Kansas, 1909 including township and town maps with land owners. Published by Albert W. Armstrong. Available on Kansas Memory.


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


Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Douglas County.

  • August 21, 1863 = Lawrence, also known Lawrence Massacre[5]
Map showing Civil War battles in Kansas.
  • Men from Douglas county enlisted in the  1st Infantry Regiment, Company A and  20th Regiment, Company H.




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Spencer Research Library—Kansas Collections (includes Douglas County Records)
University of Kansas
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785) 864-4334

Watkins Community Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 841-4109

Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Phone: (785) 272-8681
Fax: (785) 272-8682

Douglas County Genealogical Society

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)


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