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Guide to Cloud 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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Cloud County, Kansas
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Map of Kansas highlighting Cloud County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 27, 1860
County Seat Concordia
Courthouse
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Address Cloud County Courthouse
811 Washington Street
Concordia, Kansas 66901-3415
Phone: 785.243.4319


County Information

Cloud County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Tax Land Probate
1885 1867 1885 1860 1867 1867

County Courthouse

Cloud County Courthouse
 811 Washington Street
Concordia, KS 66901-3415
Phone: 785.243.4319 

Formerly Shirley Co. Name changed to Cloud 26 Feb 1867
County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records 1885-1910.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Probate Judge has probate and court records.
Reg of Deeds has land records. [2]

History

Parent County

1860--Cloud County was created 27 February 1860 as an original county. County seat: Concordia [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Clyde
  • Concordia

Neighboring Counties

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Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
KSGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
Kansas Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Kansas Cemeteries for more information.

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.


Court

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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cloud 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.


Maps

Military

  • Cloud County was organized after the Civil War. See Washington County for information on Civil War records.

Newspapers

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


Probate

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, Cloud and click Probate records.


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.


Birth Records
Death Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Cloud County Genealogical Society
PO Box 202
Concordia 66901-0202
Website

Cloud County Historical Society
635 Broadway
Concordia 66901


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

References

  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), Cloud County, Kansas 249 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).