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Guide to Wyandotte 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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Wyandotte County, Kansas
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Map of Kansas highlighting Wyandotte County
Location in the state of Kansas
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Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 29, 1859
County Seat Kansas City
Courthouse
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Address Wyandotte County Courthouse
9400 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kansas 66112
Phone: 913.573.2876


County Information

Wyandotte County, Kansas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Tax Land Probate
1885 1859 1885 1860 1859 1857

County Courthouse

Wyandotte County Courthouse
710 N 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913.573.2800

City Clerk has birth and death records. Probate Judge has marriage and probate records
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

History

Parent County

1859--Wyandotte County was created 29 January 1859 from Leavenworth and Johnson Counties.
County seat: Kansas City [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

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Populated Places

Incorporated cities
Name and population (2012 U.S. Census estimate):

  • 147,268 - Kansas City (county seat)
  • 7,419 - Bonner Springs, of which about 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) lies within Leavenworth County
  • 4,377 - Edwardsville
  • 928 - Lake Quivira, of which a quarter of the city lies within Wyandotte County, the majority being in Johnson County

Unincorporated places

  • Argentine, formerly a city, annexed by the city of Kansas City in 1910
  • Armourdale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886
  • Armstrong, a town absorbed by Wyandotte
  • Piper, annexed by the city of Kansas City in 1991
  • Rosedale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1922
  • Turner
  • Wyandotte, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886
  • Welborn

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery Index - Wyandotte County Historical Museum - Trowbridge Research Library [1]

BillionGraves:

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
KSGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
KSInterment
Tombstone Project
Kansas Gravestones
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.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Kansas City

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 Wyandotte 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

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Wyandotte County, Kansas Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military

During the Civil War men from this county enlisted in the 1st Regiment Kansas Infantry Volunteers, 1st Regiment Kansas Colored Troops, 2nd Regiment Kansas Infantry, 5th Regiment Kansas Cavalry, 6th Regiment Kansas Cavalry, 10th Regiment Kansas Infantry, 12th Regiment Kansas Cavalry,  15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, Company E, and the16th Regiment Kansas Cavalry.

Newspapers

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


Tax List for Wyandotte County - Wyandotte County Historical Museum - Trowbridge Research Library [2]

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

Wyandotte County Historical Society
PO Box 12040
Kansas City 66112-0040

Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum
631 N 126th St
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Telephone Number: 913-573-5002
Website
Website
Website


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), Wyandotte County, Kansas page 257, 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).
  4. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).