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Extinct Kansas Counties:: (not linked unless noted, ):
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County Name
Arapahoe -



Billings -


Breckenridge -



Buffalo -


Calhoun -
Davis -



Dorn -

Foote -
Garfield -
Godfrey -

Howard -

Hunter -
Kansas -

Lykins -
Madison -

McGee -

Otoe -





Peketon -

Richardson -

St. John -
Sequoyah -

Seward (old) -

Shirley -
Weller -

Wise -
Factual information
(1st) County Established in August 30, 1855. Arapahoe County was attached to
         Marshall County for all business purposes. Arapahoe County was never
         organized. In early 1859 it was split into six counties (Arapahoe, Broderick,
         El Paso, Fremont, Montana, and Oro).
Established on 20-Mar-1873. Billings County, during its brief history of less than
         one year, operated as an organized county. Billings did not have a county
         seat during its period of existence.
Established on 25-Aug-1855. The Territorial Legislature of 1855 organized
         Breckinridge County, attaching it to Madison County for civil, criminal, and
         military purposes. Agnes City was the first county seat. Breckinridge
         County was renamed Lyon County in February 05, 1862.
Established on 20-Mar-1873. In 1881, the northern tier of townships was
         removed from Buffalo County and added to Lane; the remainder was made
         part of newly-created Gray County.
The 1859 Legislature changed the county name to Jackson on 11-Feb-1859.
Established on 25-Aug-1855. Named for Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), at
         the time the U.S. Secretary of War, and later president of the Confederacy.
         Davis was one of the original 33 counties created by the first territorial
         legislature. Name changed on March 07, 1889 to Geary County.
Established on 25-Aug-1855. The county was never organized. Dorn was divided
         on June 03, 1861 into present counties of Neosho and Labette.
Established in 1881 from unorganized Territory. (renamed Gray, 1887)
Established in 1887 from Buffalo County. (annexed to Finney, 1893)
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. The name changed to
         Seward (not present day county); then to Howard.
Established in 1867 from Godfrey (which had been Seward) County. (divided,
         1875 into Elkland and Chautauqua).
Established in 1867 as an Original County. (1870, renamed Cowley)
Established in 1873 from Unorganized Territory. (abolished 1883, became
         Morton).
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (changed to Miami, 1861).
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. Madison was divided
         1861-64 into Breckenridge (later Lyon) and Greenwood.
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (name changed, 1866
         to Cherokee).
Established on 17-Feb-1860 as an Original County. Named for the Otoe [Oto]
         Indian tribe of Nebraska. The tribal name is derived from "wat-ota",
         meaning 'seekers of pleasure' or 'lechers,' a name given them when they
         separated from their kindred tribes, the Iowa and Missouri. Apparently
         never organized. On February 24, 1864, the boundaries of Butler County
         were enlarged to include Otoe County.
Established on 1854 as an Original County and was never organized due to no
         population, and it became a part of Marion County on 26-Feb-1867.
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (changed to Wabaunsee
         1859)
St. John County Established on 1881 (name changed to Logan 1887)
Sequoyah County Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (name
         changed 1883 to Finney) Some records are in Ford County.
Seward (old) County Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (as
         Godfrey; renamed, 1861; renamed Howard, 1867)
Established in 1860 as an Original County. (name changed 1867, Cloud)
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (name changed 1859, to
         Osage)
Established on 25-Aug-1855 as an Original County. (name changed 1859, to
         Chase)




Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click on graphic below, " " (if present)  for the entire GHLL county "package"

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County Name

       A ——
Allen -
Allen -
Allen -
Anderson -
Atchison -
Atchison -

       B ——
Barton -
Butler -
Butler -

       C ——
Chase -
Chautauqua -
Cherokee -
Clay -
Cloud -
Cloud -
Cloud -
Coffey -
Comanche -
Cowley -
Cowley -
Crawford -

       D ——
Decatur -
Dickinson -
Douglas -

       E ——
Ellsworth -

       F ——
Finney -
Finney -
Ford -
Franklin -

       G ——
Geary -
Graham -
Greenwood -

       H ——
Harper -
Harvey -

       J ——
Jefferson -
Johnson -
Johnson -

       L ——
Labette -
Leavenworth -
Linn -
Linn -
Lyon -
Lyon -

       M ——
Marshall -
McPherson -
Meade -
Miami -
Mitchell -
Montgomery -
Morris -

       N ——
Nemaha -
Ness -
Norton -
Norton -

       O ——
Osage -
Osage -

       P ——
Phillips -

       R ——
Rawlins -
Reno -
Republic -
Riley -
Riley -
Russell -

       S ——
Scott -
Sedgwick -
Sedgwick -
Seward -
Shawnee -
Sheridan -
Sherman -
Smith -
Stafford -
Sumner -

       T ——
Thomas -
Trego -

       W ——
Wabaunsee -
Washington -
Wichita -
Wilson -
Wyandotte -
Society Name and Location



Allen County Historical Society (Iola, KS)
Humboldt Historical Society & Museum (Humboldt, KS)
Southeast Kansas Genealogy Society (Iola, KS)
Anderson County Historical Society & Museum (Garnett, KS)
Atchison County Kansas Genealogical Society (Atchison, KS)
Atchison County Historical Society (Atchison, KS)



Barton County Historical Society & Museum (Great Bend, KS)
Augusta Historical Society & Museum (Augusta Bend, KS)
Kansas Oil Museum and Butler County History Center (El Dorado, KS)



Chase County Historical Society Museum & Library (Cottonwood Falls, KS)
Chautauqua County Historical and Genealogical Society (Sedan, KS)
Cherokee County Kansas Genealogical-Historical Society (Columbus, KS)
Clay County Historical Society (Clay Center, KS)
Cloud County Genealogical Society (Concordia, KS)
Kansas History and Heritage Project (Concordia, KS)
Cloud County Historical Society Museum (Concordia, KS)
Coffey County Historical Society & Museum (Burlington, KS)
Comanche County Historical Society (Coldwater, KS)
Cowley County Genealogical Society (Winfield, KS)
East Central Cowley County Historical Society (Burden, KS)
Crawford County Genealogy Society and Library (Pittsburg, KS)



Decatur County Genealogical Society (disbanded)
Dickinson County Historical Society (Abilene, KS)
Douglas County Genealogical Society (Lawrence, KS)



Ellsworth County Historical Society and Museums (Ellsworth, KS)



Finney County Genealogical Society (Garden City, KS)
Finney County Historical Museum (Garden City, KS)
Ford County Historical Society (Dodge City, KS)
Franklin County Genealogical Society (Ottawa, KS)



Geary County Historical Society & Museums (Junction City, KS)
Graham County Historical Society (Hill City, KS)
Greenwood County Historical Society (Eureka, KS)



Harper County Genealogical Society (Harper, KS)
Harvey County Historical Society (Newton, KS)



Jefferson County Genealogical Society (Oskaloosa, KS)
Johnson County Genealogical Society and Library (Shawnee Mission, KS)
Overland Park Historical Society (Overland Park, KS)



Labette County Genealogical Society (Parsons, KS)
Now dissolved - Leavenworth County Historical Society (Leavenworth, KS)
Linn County Historical Society (Pleasanton, KS)
Parker Community Historical Society (Parker, KS)
Flint Hills Genealogical Society (Emporia, KS)
Lyon County Historical Society (Emporia, KS)



Marshall County Historical Society & Museum/Library (Marysville, KS)
McPherson County Historical Society (McPherson, KS)
Meade County Genealogical Society (Meade, KS)
Miami County Historical Museum (Paola, KS)
Mitchell County Historical Society (Beloit, KS)
Montgomery County Genealogical Society (Coffeyville, KS)
Morris County Historical Society (Council Grove, KS)



Nemaha County Genealogical Society (Seneca, KS)
Ness County Historical Society (Ness City, KS)
Norton County Genealogical Society (Norton, KS)
Norton County Historical Society & Museum (Norton, KS)



Osage County Genealogical Society (Lyndon, KS)
Osage County Historical Society & Museum (Lyndon, KS)



Phillips County Genealogical Society (Phillipsburg, KS)



Rawlins County Genealogical Society (Atwood, KS)
Reno County Genealogical Society (Hutchinson, KS)
Republic County Historical Society (Belleville, KS)
Riley County Genealogical Society (Manhattan, KS)
Riley County Historical Society & Museum (Manhattan, KS)
Russell County Historical Society & Museum (Russell, KS)



Scott County Historical Society (Scott City, KS)
Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society (Wichita, KS)
Wichita Genealogical Society (Wichita, KS)
Seward County Historical Society (Liberal, KS)
Shawnee County Historical Society (Topeka, KS)
Sheridan County Historical Society & Museum (Hoxie, KS)
Sherman County Historical Society (Goodland, KS)
Cawker City Public Library and Genealogical Society (Cawker City, KS)
Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society (Stafford, KS)
Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society (Wellington, KS)



Thomas County Historical Society & Museum (Colby, KS)
Trego County Historical Society & Museum (WaKeeney, KS)



Wabaunsee County Historical Museum & Society (Alma, KS)
Washington Co. Historical/Genealogical Society & Museum (Washington, KS)
Wichita County Genealogical Society (Leoti, KS)
Wilson County Historical Society (Fredonia, KS)
Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum (Bonner Springs, KS)

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