Kansas, State Census, 1895 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Kansas, United States
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Location of Kansas
Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1895-1895
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to the Kansas state census taken in 1895. The census schedules enumerate all members of the household as of 1 March 1895.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Kansas State Census, 1895.

Collection Content

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The counties of Comanche, Finney, Saline, and Seward were not enumerated. Due to a delay in funding, this census was taken "carelessly" and "hurriedly" according to a report by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Some counties were not enumerated completely (Cherokee, Gove, Lyon, Marion). See Kansas State Historical Society: Kansas 1895 State Census.

Since the 1890 Census for Kansas was destroyed, this state census is a great substitute for identifying ancestors between 1880 and 1900, and can help fill in this gap. Also use this record to identify individuals born after the 1880 Census.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The Kansas 1895 State Census lists:

  • All members of the household by name
  • The sex of each household member
  • The age of each household member
  • The race or color
  • The place of birth
  • The relationship to the head of household
  • The birthplace of parents
  • Where the family came from to Kansas
  • The military service of family members

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the appropriate “County”
⇒Select the appropriate “Locality” which will take you to the images.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.


What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Kansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Kansas State Census, 1895." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


The image citation will be available once the collection is published.



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