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Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Kansas Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Kansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

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Birth Records Marriage Records  Death/Will Records


Kansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Kansas Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Kansas Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Records

Early - 1911

City and County Records of Births


A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of births in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.

Birth records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.

The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 birth records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.

1911 - Present

State Records of Births

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in July 1911. Delayed registrations of births started in 1937. Copies of the state records may be obtained from:

Office of Vital Statistics
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
900 Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1290
Telephone: 913-296-1400
Internet: Kansas Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records can be found in the following resources:

Information in Kansas Birth Records
Types of Information early -  1911  1911 - present
Name of Child  
Sex    
Race    
Parents' Names    
Midwife/Doctor    
Date & Place of Birth    
Residence
 

Kansas Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Adoption

open/closed/state statutes

Marriage Records

Early - 1913

County clerks and clerks of probate courts have been keeping records of marriages since the creation of each county in the state. Some date from the mid-1850s. You can write to the clerk's office in the county where the license was issued. The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1920 Kansas marriage records. Kansas Historical Society has copies of some county and city vital records on microfilm. Check their website for what is available for each county.

Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861 is an ongoing voluteer effort by the Kansas State Historical Society to index early Kansas marriages.  The searchable database includes only part of the counties so far.

1913 - Present

Marriage records since July 1913 have also been kept by the state. These may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics (see address above).

Information in Kansas Marriage Records
Types of Information early - 1913  1913 - present
Name of Bride/Groom
 
Date of Marriage    
Location of Marriage    
Presiding Official    
Date of Birth

Place of Birth
 
Residence at Time of Marriage
 

Kansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Kansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Divorce Records

The district court in each county has had jurisdiction over divorces. Divorce information is interfiled with other court records. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. Since July 1951 a copy of the proceedings has been filed with the Bureau of Registration and Health Statistics.

Death Records

A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of deaths in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk.

Death records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. You can write to the city clerk for further information.

The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 death records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. The library also has a few files from mortuaries and funeral homes.

Kansas Death and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Information in Kansas Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1911
1911 - present
Name of Deceased


 
Date of Death
 

 
Place of Death
 

 
Date of Birth/Age
 

 
Place of Birth

 
Place of Burial

 
Parents' Names/Maiden

 
Occupation of Deceased

 

Marital Status



 

Lost or Missing Records

When record loss occurs often records are reconstructed; land records are reconstructed to establish clear or legal title and for taxation purposes.

Counties with records loss:

Douglas (1863 Quantril's raid), and Elk (1906),

Substitute Records


Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) to the subject(s) for the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by government, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages, and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Kansas to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

Miscellaneous Records

1879--On the Lineage website there is an Index to Kansas Settlers living in 1879. Many of the records give birth date and place.

Guide to Vital Records

A description of the history and availability of Kansas records is Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Kansas. [1]

References

  1. Topeka, Kansas: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library book 978.1 V2h; film 874348.

 

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