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  • Thomas County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the Kirwin Land Dist.[unorganized territory], 1873.
    Established:  08-Oct-1885
    County Seat:  Colby, Kansas

    County history - Thomas County is named in honor of Major-General George Henry Thomas, United States army, who died in 1870.

    Thomas Courthouse
    GHLL Thomas 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 - Thomas County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Prairie Museum of Art and History & Thomas County Historical Society / Colby, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Thomas County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Thomas County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Thomas County Clerk, 300 North Court Street, Colby, KS 67701-2439.
               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):
             Rawlins County (north), Decatur County (northeast), Sheridan County
             (east), Gove County (southeast), Logan County (south), Sherman County
             (west).

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  • Trego County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ellis County, 1867.
    Established:  21-Jun-1879
    County Seat:  WaKeeney, Kansas

    County history - Trego County is named in honor of Edward Poe Trego, Captain of Company H, Eighth Kansas Infantry, killed September 19, 1863 at Chickamauga, Tennessee.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Trego County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Trego County Vital Records - Trego County Clerk, 216 Main Street, WaKeeney, KS 67672-2102.
               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.


  • Wabaunsee County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Riley and Morris (formerly Richardson) Counties [an original County], 1855.
    Established:  11-Feb-1895
    County Seat:  Alma, Kansas

    County history - Wabaunsee County is named in honor of the Pottawatomie chief, Wah-Bahn-Se (1760s?-1845 or 6). His name means "Little Dawn."

    Wabaunsee Courthouse
    GHLL Wabaunsee County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Wabaunsee County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Wabaunsee County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wabaunsee County Historical Museum & Society / Alma, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Wabaunsee County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Wabaunsee County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wabaunsee County Clerk, 215 Kansas Street, Alma, KS 66401-9797.
               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):
             Pottawatomie County (north), Shawnee County (east), Osage County
             (southeast), Lyon County (south), Morris County (southwest), Geary
                County
    (west).

        Blue Skyways - Wabaunsee County
        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Wabaunsee County Archives

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  • Wallace County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  11-Mar-1868
    County Seat:  Sharon Springs, Kansas

    County history - Wallace County is named in honor of General William Hervey Lamme Wallace (July 8, 1821 - April 10, 1862). Commander of the Second Division at the Battle of Shiloh (06-Apr-1862), he was wounded in action and died a few days later, on 10-Apr-1862.

    Wallace Courthouse
    GHLL Wallace 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 - Wallace County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Wallace County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Wallace County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wallace County Clerk, Courthouse, Sharon Springs, KS 67758.
               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):  Sherman County (north), Logan County (east), Wichita County (southeast),
             Greeley County (south), Cheyenne County, Colorado (west), Kit Carson County, Colorado (northwest).
        Kansas State Historical Society - Wallace County


  • Washington County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  NOV 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  20-Feb-1857
    County Seat:  Washington, Kansas

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States.

    Washington Courthouse
    GHLL Washington 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 - Washington County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society and Museum / Washington, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Washington County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Washington County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Washington County Courthouse, 214 C Street, Washington, KS 66968-1928.
               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):
             Jefferson County, Nebraska (north), Gage County, Nebraska (northeast),
             Marshall County (east), Riley County (southeast), Clay County (south),
             Cloud County (southwest), Republic County (west), Thayer County,
                Nebraska
    (northwest).

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        Penny Postcards From Kansas - Washington County Archives

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Wichita County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands, 1873.
    Established:  24-Dec-1886
    County Seat:  Leoti, Kansas

    County history - Wichita County is named in honor of the Wichita, a tribe of Native Americans, indigenous inhabitants of North America, who traditionally spoke Wichita, a Caddoan language. The tribe has lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Today, they are federally recognized as the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco and Tawakonie).

    Wichita Courthouse
    GHLL Wichita 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 - Wichita County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wichita County Genealogical Society / Leoti, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Wichita County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Wichita County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wichita County Clerk, P.O. Drawer 968, Leoti, KS 67861.
               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):  Logan County (north), Scott County (east), Kearny County (south),
             Hamilton County (southwest), Greeley County (west), Wallace County (northwest).


  • Wilson County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Indian Lands [original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1865
    County Seat:  Fredonia, Kansas

    County history - Wilson County is named in honor of Colonel Hiero T. Wilson who lived in Fort Scott from September 1843.

    Wilson Courthouse
    1. Wilson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wilson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wilson County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
         Wilson County Historical Society
         420 North 7th
         Fredonia, Kansas 66736

    4. Wilson County - US/KSGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Wilson County - US/KSGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Wilson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wilson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wilson County Vital Records - Wilson County Clerk, Courthouse, Fredonia, KS 66736.
               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.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - (single page)
    10. 1883 List - Pensioners on the Roll.


  • Woodson County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands [an original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1855
    County Seat:  Yates Center, Kansas

    County history - Woodson County is named in honor of Daniel Woodson (May 24, 1824 - October 5, 1894), who was secretary of Kansas Territory (1854-1857) and a five-time acting governor of the territory.

    Woodson Courthouse
    GHLL Woodson 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 - Woodson County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Woodson County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Woodson County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Woodson County Clerk, 105 West Rutledge, Yates Center, KS 66783.
               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):  Coffey County (north), Anderson County (northeast), Allen County (east),
             Neosho County (southeast), Wilson County (south), Greenwood County (west).


  • Wyandotte County, Kansas —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Kansas Territory lands [original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1859
    County Seat:  Kansas City, Kansas

    County history - Wyandotte County is named in honor of the Wyandot (a.k.a. Wyandott or Wyandotte) Indians. They were called the Huron by the French in Canada, but they called themselves Wendat. This group of Native Americans lived within the area.

    Wyandotte Courthouse
    GHLL Wyandotte County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Wyandotte County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Wyandotte County, KS Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wyandotte County Historical Society & Museum / Bonner Springs, KS)
    6. US/KSGenWeb site - Wyandotte County Archives
    7. US/KSGenWeb - Wyandotte County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wyandotte County Clerk, 710 North Seventh Street, Kansas City, KS 66101-3047.
               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):
             Platte County, Missouri (north), Clay County, Missouri (northeast),
             Jackson County, Missouri (east), Johnson County (south), Leavenworth
                County
    (west).

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        Historical Photographs of Kansas City - A guide to the history and natural resources of the Kansas City / St. Joseph
             (Missouri) area and surrounding communities.



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