Woodson County, Kansas Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Yates Center
Organized: August 30, 1855
Parent County(s): Original county [1]
Neighboring Counties
Allen  • Anderson  • Coffey  • Greenwood  • Neosho  • Wilson
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County Information


County Courthouse

Woodson County Courthouse
105 W. Rutledge Street
Yates Center, Kansas 66783-1237
Phone: 316.625.8605
Woodson County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1885-1911, marriage records from 1860, divorce and probate records from 1863, court records from 1934 and land records from 1861. [1]

Woodson County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1860 1885 1858 1864

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1855--Woodson County was created 30 August 1855 as an original county.
  • County seat: Yates Center [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Woodson County, Kansas:


  • Yates Center
  • Toronto
  • Neosho Falls


  • Athens
  • Batesville
  • Piqua
  • Vernon
  • Rose

Ghost Towns

  • Defiance
  • Kalida

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Woodson 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

Find A Grave Cemeteries in Woodson County

Census Records

Kansas Territory was enumerated in 1860, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. [3] See links listed below.

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Woodson 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


Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, 1904
Maps of townships, plats of towns, and owners' names.


Military Records

Woodson County, KS 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll

During the Civil War in 1861 men from Wilson, Woodson and Greenwood counties organized the 14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry.

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


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, Woodson 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.





Research Facilities


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.




Woodson County Kansas Genealogy Society
608 North Prairie
Yates Center 66783

Woodson County Historical Society
208 W. Mary
Yates Center, KS 66783
Telephone Number: 620-625-2626
Kansas Historical Society
Online primary sources for Woodson County. Free; no registration required.


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodson County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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
  3. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.