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=== Migration ===
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Revision as of 13:47, 9 October 2017

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

County Facts
County seat: Kansas City
Organized: January 29, 1859
Parent County(s): Leavenworth and Johnson [1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay (MO)  • Jackson (MO)  • Johnson  • Leavenworth  • Platte (MO)
See County Maps
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Wyandotte County svg.bmp

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Wyandot Indians. The County has Kansas City as its seat and the County was created January 29, 1859. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wyandotte County Courthouse
710 N 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913.573.5260
Wyandotte County Website

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. [1]

Wyandotte County, Kansas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1860 1885 1934 1861 1863 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[4]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Wyandotte County, Kansas:

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

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wyandotte 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

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Kansas became a territory in 1854 and the first territory census taken was in 1855. It was also enumerated as Kansas Territory in the 1860 Federal Census, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. The state continued to take state censuses after it was admitted to the Union in 1861.[5] See links listed below.

State and Territorial Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.[6] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Kansas Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

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

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Template:KS Vital Records - Birth Intro

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Template:KS Vital Records - Death Intro

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Template:KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Wyandotte County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Wyandotte County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

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

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Wyandotte County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kansas Societies.
Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum
631 N 126th St
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Telephone Number: 913-573-5002

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  • Wyandotte County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wyandotte County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Wyandot, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_County,_Kansas" 9/14/2017.
  3. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 238.
  4. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  5. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  6. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).