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  • Nemaha County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original county] (Formerly Dorn County).
    Established:  25-Aug-1855
    County Seat:  Seneca, Kansas

    County history - Nemaha County is named for the Nemaha River basin includes the areas of the U.S. state of Nebraska below the Platte River basin that drain directly into the Missouri River. The name 'Nemaha' originates in the Ioway-Otoe-Missouria phrase "-m"ha, which means 'water-soil' and refers to the muddy water at corn-planting time.

    Nemaha Courthouse
    GHLL Nemaha County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Nemaha County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Nemaha County Genealogical Society / Seneca, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Nemaha County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Nemaha County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Nemaha County Clerk, Courthouse, 607 Nemaha Street, Seneca, KS 66538.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Richardson County, Nebraska (northeast), Brown County (east), Jackson
             County (southeast), Pottawatomie County (southwest), Marshall County
             (west), Pawnee County, Nebraska (northwest).

        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Nemaha County Archives

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Nemaha County, ED-109 (Text: 3 pages).


  • Neosho County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original county] originally called Dorn, 03-Jun-1861.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1864
    County Seat:  Erie, Kansas

    County history - Neosho County is named for the Neosho River, which is a tributary of the Arkansas River in eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma in the United States. Its tributaries also drain portions of Missouri and Arkansas.

    Neosho Courthouse
    GHLL Neosho County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Neosho County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Neosho County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Neosho County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Neosho County Clerk, P.O. Box 237, Erie, KS 66733.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):  Allen County (north), Bourbon County (northeast), Crawford County (east),
             Labette County (south), Montgomery County (southwest), Wilson County (west), Woodson County (northwest).


  • Ness County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  26-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Ness City, Kansas

    County history - Ness County is named in honor of Noah V. Ness, of the 7th Kansas, who was killed in the Civil War.

    Ness Courthouse
    GHLL Ness County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Ness County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ness County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Ness County Historical Society
          123 Pennsylvania Avenue
          Ness City KS 67560-1907

    5. US/KSGenWeb site - Ness County Archives
    6. US/KSGenWeb - Ness County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Ness County Clerk, 202 West Sycamore Street, Ness City, KS 67560-1558.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Trego County (north), Ellis County (northeast), Rush County (east),
             Pawnee County (southeast), Hodgeman County (south), Finney County
             (southwest), Lane County (west), Gove County (northwest).

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  • Norton County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Unorganized Territory (Named "Oro" in 1859) became Billings and again changed to Norton on 26-Feb-1867.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1872
    County Seat:  Norton, Kansas

    County history - Norton County is named in honor of Orloff Norton, Captain of Company L, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, killed by guerillas at Cane Hill, Ark., October 29, 1865.

    Norton Courthouse
    1. Norton County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Norton County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Norton County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Norton County Genealogical Society / Norton, KS)
    4. Norton County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Norton County Historical Society / Norton, KS)
    5. Norton County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Norton County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Norton County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Norton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Norton County Vital Records - Norton County Clerk, Courthouse, Norton, KS 67654.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.


  • Osage County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Shawnee, Kansas, and Pottowatomie Indian lands [an original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1859
    County Seat:  Lyndon, Kansas

    County history - Osage County originally organized as Weller County (1855) and named for Congressman John B. Weller of Ohio, who was later governor of California. The County was renamed in 1859 for the Osage river, the headwaters of which, drain almost the entire county.

    Osage Courthouse
    1. Osage County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Osage County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Osage County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Osage County Genealogical Society / Lyndon, KS)
    4. Osage County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Osage County Historical Society / Lyndon, KS)
    5. Osage County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Osage County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Osage County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Osage County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Osage County Vital Records - Osage County Clerk, 717 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.

    10. Index of the Petitions for Naturalizations - Osage County Courthouse in Lyndon.


  • Phillips County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 21, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of From unorganized area of Native American territorial lands (AKA Kirwin Land District).
    Established:  26-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Phillipsburg, Kansas

    County history - Phillips County is named in honor of William Addison Phillips (January 14, 1824 - November 30, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas. Phillips attended the common schools of Paisley. Immigrated to the United States in 1838 with his parents, who settled in Randolph County, Illinois. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was employed as a newspaper correspondent 1845-1862. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Lawrence, Kansas. First justice of the supreme court under the Leavenworth constitution. Founded the city of Salina, Kansas, in 1858. During the Civil War raised some of the first troops in Kansas in 1861. He was afterward commissioned colonel and served as commander of the Cherokee Indian Regiment. He served as prosecuting attorney of Cherokee County in 1865. He served in the State house of representatives in 1865. Attorney for the Cherokee Indians at Washington, D.C.. Phillips was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1879). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress. He died at Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), November 30, 1893. He was interred in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas.




    Phillips Courthouse
    GHLL Phillips County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Phillips County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Phillips County Genealogical Society / Phillipsburg, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Phillips County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Phillips County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Phillips County Clerk, Courthouse, Phillipsburg, KS 67661.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Harlan County, Nebraska (north), Franklin County, Nebraska (northeast),
             Smith County (east), Rooks County (south), Graham County (southwest),
             Norton County (west).

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  • Pottawatomie County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Riley and Calhoun Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1857
    County Seat:  Westmoreland, Kansas

    County history - Pottawatomie County is named in honor of Pottawatomie Indians, whose reservation at the opening of the Kansas Territory for settlement, and for years afterward, embraced a large portion of the geographical area of the County.

    Pottawatomie Courthouse
    GHLL Pottawatomie County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pottawatomie County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Pottawatomie County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Pottawatomie County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Pottawatomie County Clerk, Courthouse, Westmoreland, KS 66549.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marshall County (north), Nemaha County (northeast), Jackson County
             (east), Shawnee County (southeast), Wabaunsee County (south), Riley
                County
    (west).

        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Marshall County Archives
        Pottawatomie County - short history of Onaga & more.

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  • Pratt County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized area [Stafford County], 1867.
    Established:  26-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Pratt, Kansas (previously Iuka, but not recognized due to fraud.)

    County history - Pratt County is named in honor of Caleb Pratt, a soldier in the American Civil War.

    Pratt Courthouse
    1. Pratt County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Pratt County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pratt County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Pratt County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Pratt County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Pratt County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pratt County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pratt County Vital Records - Pratt County Clerk, Courthouse, Pratt, KS 67124.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.


  • Rawlins County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 9, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial (Native American) lands, AKA the Kirwin Land District.
    Established:  20-Mar-1873
    County Seat:  Atwood, Kansas

    County history - Rawlins County is named in honor of John Aaron Rawlins (February 13, 1831  September 6, 1869) was an United States Army general during the American Civil War, a confidant of Ulysses S. Grant, and later U.S. Secretary of War.

    Rawlins Courthouse
    GHLL Rawlins County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Rawlins County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rawlins County Genealogical Society / Atwood, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Rawlins County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Rawlins County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Rawlins County Clerk, 607 Main Street, Atwood, KS 67730-1839.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hitchcock County, Nebraska (north), Red Willow County, Nebraska
             (northeast), Decatur County (east), Thomas County (south), Sherman
                County
    (southwest), Cheyenne County (west), Dundy County, Nebraska
             (northwest).

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  • Reno County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Sedgwick and McPherson Counties (unorganized area).
    Established:  26-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Hutchinson, Kansas

    County history - Reno County is named in honor of Jesse Lee Reno (April 20, 1823  September 14, 1862), a career United States Army officer who served in the Mexican-American War, the western frontier, and as a Union General during the American Civil War. Known as a "soldier's soldier" who fought alongside his men, he was killed while commanding a corps at Fox's Gap during the Battle of South Mountain..

    Reno Courthouse
    1. Reno County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Reno County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Reno County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Reno County Genealogical Society / Hutchinson, KS)
    4. Reno County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Reno County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Reno County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Reno County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Reno County Vital Records - Reno County Clerk, 206 West First Street, Hutchinson, KS 67501-5245.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.


  • Republic County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington and Cloud Counties, 27-Feb-1860.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1868
    County Seat:  Belleville, Kansas

    County history - Republic County received its name from the Republican river, which extends through the county. The river was so called because many years ago the valley of that stream was the seat of the "Pawnee Republic," a designation given to a principal division of the Pawnee Indians, or Panis, as they were originally known

    Republic Courthouse
    GHLL Republic County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Republic County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Republic County Historical Society / Belleville, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Republic County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Republic County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Republic County Clerk, Route 1, Belleville, KS 66935-9801.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Thayer County, Nebraska (north), Jefferson County, Nebraska (northeast),
             Washington County (east), Cloud County (south), Jewell County (west),
             Nuckolls County, Nebraska (northwest).

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    Census Information:
  • 1911 Federal Census - (T) Grant Twp.

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  • Riley County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands and Wabaunsee County [an original County].
    Established:  25-Aug-1855
    County Seat:  Manhattan, Kansas

    County history - Riley County is named in honor of Bennett C. Riley (November 27, 1787 in St. Mary's County, Maryland  June 6, 1853 in Buffalo, New York) was the seventh and last military governor of the territory of California before it became a U.S. state. He also served as a general in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War.

    Riley Courthouse
    GHLL Riley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Riley County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Riley County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Riley County Genealogical Society / Manhattan, KS)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Riley County Historical Society & Museum / Manhattan, KS)
    7. US/KSGenWeb site - Riley County Archives
    8. US/KSGenWeb - Riley County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Riley County Clerk, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66502-6018.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marshall County (northeast), Pottawatomie County (east), Wabaunsee
                County
    (southeast), Geary County (south), Clay County (west), Washington
                County
    (northwest).

        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Riley County Archives

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  • Russell County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Ellsworth County.
    Established:  26-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Russell, Kansas

    County history - Russell County is named in honor of Alva P. Russell, captain company K, second Kansas cavalry, who died December 12, 1862, in field hospital near Prairie Grove, Arkansas, of wounds received in battle December 6 or 7, 1862, at Prairie Grove.

    Russell Courthouse
    1. Russell County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Russell County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Russell County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Russell County Historical Society / Russell, KS)
    4. Russell County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Russell County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Russell County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Russell County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Russell County Vital Records - Russell County Clerk, Courthouse, Russell, KS 67665.
               Note:  Before statewide registration in July 1911, the county clerk was responsible for the recording of births and deaths. Most of the records don't begin until the mid 1880's.



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