Sedgwick County, Kansas Genealogy

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Guide to Sedgwick 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.


Sedgwick County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Sedgwick County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
County Seat Wichita
Address Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N. Main Street
Wichita, Kansas 67203-3703
Phone: 316.383.7666

County Information

Sedgwick County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Tax Land Probate
1884 1870 1884 1860 1870 1870

County Courthouse

Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N Main Street
Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: 316.383.7666

District Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1870.
District Civil Court has court records.
County Clerk has land records from 1887.
Community Health Deppartment  (1900 E. 9th, Wichita, KS 67214)
has birth and death records. [2]


Parent County

1867--Sedgwick County was created 26 February 1867 from Butler and Marion Counties. County seat: Wichita [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Current townships include: Afton, Attica, Delano, Eagle, Erie, Garden Plain, Grand River, Grant, Greeley, Gypsum, Illinois, Kechi, Lincoln, Minneha, Morton, Ninnescah, Ohio, Park, Payne, Riverside, Rockford, Salem, Sherman, Union, Valley Center, Viola, Waco, and Wichita.

Neighboring Counties




[1882] Historical Atlas of Sedgwick County, Kansas, published by John P. Edwards, 1882.  The 1982 reprint has a 17 page index of names.

[1905] Standard Atlas of Sedgwick County, Kansas, Including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities and Townships of the County, published by George A. Ogle and Company.


BillionGraves: Each page has Google map, and searchable database of photographed headstones.

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


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.



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 Sedgwick 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.



  • For information about Civil War records see Butler and  Marion counties.


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


Tihen Notes 

Dr. Edward N. Tihen read and took notes from nearly every issue of Wichita's newspapers dating from 1872 to 1982.  Presented as PDF documents are nearly 6000 transcribed pages of the "Tihen Notes," as they have become known. Dr. Tihen's notes reflect the people, places and events that have shaped Wichita's history.



Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society Library has three Indexes of the obituaries in scrapbooks in their library.   


The Wichita Photo Archives  contains over 1,000 photographs of Wichita and Sedgwick County.


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, Sedgwick and click Probate 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 Records
Death Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Midwest Historical Society and Genealogical Society
1203 N Main St
Wichita, KS 67203
Telephone: 316-264-3611

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 S. Main
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Telephone: 316-265-9314
Fax: 316-265-9319

Wichita Genealogical Society
PO Box 3705
Wichita, KS 67201-3705

Wichita County Historical Society
Box 1561, 201 N. 4th St.
Leoti KS 67861
Telephone: 620-375-2316

Haysville Genealogy Group
Haysville Community Library
210 Hays
Haysville, Kansas 67060

Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy / Special Collections Center at the Wichita Public Library, 223 South Main Street, Wichita, Kansas, 67202. 316-261-8509.  Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Closed major holidays.  Contains over 25,000 genealogy books and magazines covering Kansas, the Great Plains, the Midwest, the South, the Colonial States, and Native Americans.  Other major collections include:  Dawes Rolls Applications, Draper Manuscripts, Germans to America, Italians to America, and the Barbour Collection.  Over 15,000 rolls of microfilm cover the city's major newspapers, the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon, and state and federal census.

Wichita Public Library

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society

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


  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), Sedgwick County, Kansas page 255, 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).