Finney County, Kansas Genealogy

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Guide to Finney 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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Finney County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Finney County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 6, 1873
County Seat Garden City
Courthouse
KansasFinneyCourthouse.jpg
Address Finney County Courthouse
425 N. 8th Street
Garden City, Kansas 67846-0450
Phone: 316.272.3051


County Information

Finney County, Kansas Genealogy Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Tax Land Probate
1885 1884 1886 1860 1873 1873

County Courthouse

Finney County Courthouse
3119 N 9th Street
PO Box M;
Garden City, KS 67846-0450
Phone: 316.272.3051

Formerly Sequoyah County Name changed to Finney 21 Feb 1883
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1885.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885. [2]

History

Parent County

  • 1873--Finney County was created 6 March 1873 from Marion County. County seat: Garden City [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

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
Kansas Gravestones WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
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 Finney 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

  • For information about Civil War records see Marion County.

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Finney 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, Finney 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

Finney county Historical Society
403 S 4th
Gardeb City, KS 67846
Telephone Number: 620-272-3664
E-mail:fico.historical@gcnet.com
Website

Finney County Genealogical Society
PO Box 592
Garden City 67846

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), Finney County, Kansas page 250, 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).