Geary County, Kansas Genealogy

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Guide to Geary County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Junction City
Organized: August 25, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay  • Dickinson  • Morris  • Riley  • Wabaunsee
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for John W. Geary, an early Governor of the Kansas Territory. [2] The County has Junction City as its seat and the County was created August 30, 1855. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Geary County Courthouse
138 E. 8th Street
Junction City, Kansas 66441
Phone: 785-762-5221
Geary County Website

Register of Deeds
Geary County Office Building
200 E. 8th St.
Junction City, Kansas 66441
Phone: 785-238-5531

Probate Court has marriage and probate from 1860.
Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1860.
County Court has court records from 1937.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1858. [4]

Geary County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1857 1871 1858 1860

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1855--Davis County was created 25 August 1855 as an original county.
  • 1889--Davis County renamed to Geary on 28 Feb 1889
  • County seat: Junction City[6]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Geary County, Kansas:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Geary County, Kansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Kansas Territory was enumerated in 1860, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. [7] See links listed below.

State Census

Church Records

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 Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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 Geary 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 and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate 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, Geary and click Probate records.


Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Geary County, Kansas Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 1161
6th and Adams Street
Junction City, KS 66441
Telephone Number: 785-238-1666
Fax: 785-238-3955
E-mai:researchcen@gchs.kscoxmail.com
Website

Societies

Geary County Historical Society
530 North Adams, Box 1161
Junction City 66441
Telephone Number: 785-238-1666
E-mail:GearyHistory@gmail.com
Website

Geary County, Kansas Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 1161
6th and Adams Street
Junction City, KS 66441
Telephone Number: 785-238-1666
Fax: 785-238-3955
E-mai:researchcen@gchs.kscoxmail.com
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Geary, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/geary/ 8/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Geary, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geary_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Geary County, Kansas page 250, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. 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
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.