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  • Saline County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Louisiana Purchase lands [later, Missouri Territory].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Salina, Kansas

    County history - Saline County:  The name Saline was given to the river, and later to the county on account of the salt marshes in this area.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Saline County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Saline County Vital Records - Saline County Clerk, 300 West Ash, Salina, KS 67401-2335.
               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.


  • Sedgwick County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Butler County, 26-Feb-1867.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Wichita, Kansas

    County history - Sedgwick County is named in honor of John Sedgwick, United States army, Major-General of volunteers, killed in battle, May 9, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia.

    Sedgwick Courthouse
    GHLL Sedgwick 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 - Sedgwick County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society / Wichita, KS)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wichita Genealogical Society / Wichita, KS)
    7. US/KSGenWeb site - Sedgwick County Archives
    8. US/KSGenWeb - Sedgwick County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Sedgwick County Clerk, 525 North Main Street, Wichita, KS 67203.
               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):
             Harvey County (north), Butler County (east), Cowley County (southeast),
             Sumner County (south), Kingman County (west), Reno County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1910 Census (I) - Federal Census, Sedgwick County (Index: 73,262 names).


  • Scott County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Finney and Ford Counties, 20-Mar-1873.
    Established:  29-Jan-1886
    County Seat:  Scott City, Kansas

    County history - Scott County is named in honor of Major General Winfield Scott, United States Army, hero of the Mexican War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Scott County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Scott County Vital Records - Scott County Clerk, 303 Court Street, Scott City, KS 67871-1122.
               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.


  • Seward County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Indian lands on 20-Mar-1873.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1886
    County Seat:  Liberal, Kansas

    County history - Seward County is named in honor of William H. Seward, Secretary of State at the pleasure of Presidents Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

    Seward Courthouse
    1. Seward County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Seward County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Seward County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Seward County Historical Society
          567 E Ceadar
          Liberal, Kansas 67901
    4. Seward County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Seward County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Seward County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Seward County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Seward County Vital Records - Seward County Clerk, 415 North Washington, Liberal, KS 67901-3462.
               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..


  • Shawnee County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 29, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Shawnee Indian lands.
    Established:  5-Aug-1855
    County Seat:  Topeka, Kansas

    County history - Shawnee County is named in honor of the Shawnee Indian lands from whitch it was organized.

    Shawnee Courthouse

    Capitol history - The Kansas State Capitol is located on a 20-acre tract in downtown Topeka. C.K. Holliday donated what has become Capitol Square in 1862.
             The east wing cornerstone was laid October 17, 1866. Following a harsh winter in 1867, the cornerstone and foundation of the wing crumbled. Harder limestone from Geary County was used to replace the foundation and continue construction on the wing. In 1869, state officers were moved to the building from the Old Constitution Hall, now 427-429 Kansas Avenue. The legislature met in 1870 in the new Capitol. The wing was completed in 1873. Work on the west wing was begun in 1879; it was enclosed by 1880.
             Construction began on the central building in 1885 along with the remodeling of the Senate Chamber. A spring was discovered as workmen dug the 25-foot deep foundation. The spring still flows beneath the Capitol. The contract for the roof and dome was let in 1889. A crack, caused by settling of the foundation, was repaired in 1890.Thirty-seven years after work on the Capitol was begun, the building was complete.

    Kansas State Capitol

    GHLL Shawnee 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 - Shawnee County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Shawnee County Historical Society / Topeka, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Shawnee County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Shawnee County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Shawnee County Clerk, 200 SE Seventh Street, Room 107, Topeka, KS 66603-3922.
               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):
             Jackson County (north), Jefferson County (northeast), Douglas County
             (southeast), Osage County (south), Wabaunsee County (west),
             Pottawatomie County (northwest).

        Kansas Trails - Shawnee County
        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Shawnee County Archives

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  • Sheridan County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Hoxie, Kansas

    County history - Sheridan County is named in honor of Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831[1]  August 5, 1888) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. In 1888 he was promoted to the rank of four-star general by President Grover Cleveland.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Sheridan County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Sheridan County Vital Records - Sheridan County Clerk, P.O. Box 899, Hoxie, KS 67740-0899.
               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. Sheridan County - Sheridan County Profile (Blue Skyways)


  • Sherman County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands, 1873.
    Established:  20-Sep-1886
    County Seat:  Goodland, Kansas

    County history - Sherman County is named in honor of William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 - February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861 65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.

    Sherman Courthouse
    GHLL Sherman 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 - Sherman County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sherman County Historical Society / Goodland, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Sherman County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Sherman County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sherman County Clerk, Route 3 Box 11, Goodland, KS 67735.
               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):
             Cheyenne County (north), Rawlins County (northeast), Thomas County
             (east), Logan County (southeast), Wallace County (south), Kit Carson
             County, Colorado (west).

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  • Smith County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands, 1867.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1872
    County Seat:  Smith Center, Kansas

    County history - Smith County is named in honor of Major Nathan Smith, of the Second Colorado Cavalry, who was killed at the Battle of Westport on October 21, 1864.

    Smith Courthouse
    GHLL Smith 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 - Smith County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cawker City Public Library and Genealogical Society / Cawker City, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Smith County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Smith County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Smith County Clerk, 218 South Grant Street, Smith Center, KS 66967-2708.
               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):
             Webster County, Nebraska (northeast), Jewell County (east), Osborne
             County (south), Rooks County (southwest), Phillips County (west),
             Franklin County, Nebraska (northwest).

        Smith County - World War II Casualties

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  • Stafford County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands, 1873.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1879
    County Seat:  St. John, Kansas

    County history - Stafford County is named in honor of Lewis Stafford, Captain of Company E, First Kansas Infantry, who was accidentally killed at Young's Point, La., January 31, 1863.

    Stafford Courthouse
    GHLL Stafford County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Stafford County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Stafford County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society / Stafford, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Stafford County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Stafford County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Stafford County Clerk, Courthouse, St. John, KS 67576.
               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):
             Barton County (north), Rice County (northeast), Reno County (east), Pratt
                County
    (south), Edwards County (west), Pawnee County (west).

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  • Stanton County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hamilton County.
    Established:  17-Jun-1887
    County Seat:  Johnson City, Kansas

    County history - Stanton County is named in honor of Edwin McMasters Stanton (December 19, 1814 - December 24, 1869) was an American lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration during the American Civil War from 1862-1865.

    Stanton Courthouse
    GHLL Stanton 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 - Stanton County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Stanton County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Stanton County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Stanton County Clerk, Courthouse, Johnson, KS 67855.
               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):
             Hamilton County (north), Kearny County (northeast), Grant County (east),
             Stevens County (southeast), Morton County (south), Baca County,
                Colorado
    (west), Prowers County, Colorado (northwest).

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  • Stevens County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Seward County.
    Established:  03-Aug-1886
    County Seat:  Hugoton, Kansas

    County history - Stevens County is named in honor of Thaddeus Stevens (April 4, 1792 - August 11, 1868), of Pennsylvania, was a Republican leader and one of the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Stevens, a witty, sarcastic speaker and flamboyant party leader, dominated the House from 1861 until his death and wrote much of the financial legislation that paid for the American Civil War.

    Stevens Courthouse
    GHLL Stevens 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 - Stevens County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Stevens County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Stevens County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Stevens County Clerk, 200 East Sixth Street, Hugoton, KS 67951-2652.
               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):
             Grant County (north), Haskell County (northeast), Seward County (east),
             Texas County, Oklahoma (south), Morton County (west), Stanton
                County
    , Grant County (north), Haskell County (northeast), Seward County
             (east), Texas County, Oklahoma (south), Morton County (west), Stanton
                County
    (northwest).

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  • Sumner County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cowley County, 1867.
    Established:  20-Dec-1870
    County Seat:  Wellington, Kansas

    County history - Sumner County is named in honor of Charles Sumner (January 6, 1811 - March 11, 1874) who was an American politician and statesman from Massachusetts. An academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and a strong advocate of Kansas becoming a free state.

    Sumner Courthouse
    GHLL Sumner County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Sumner County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sumner County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society / Wellington, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Sumner County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Sumner County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sumner County Clerk, 500 North Washington, Wellington, KS 67152-4064.
               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):
             Sedgwick County (north), Butler County (northeast), Cowley County (east),
             Kay County, Oklahoma (southeast), Grant County, Oklahoma (southwest),
             Harper County (west), Kingman County (northwest).

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