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Cowley County, Kansas Facts

Cowley County

When was Cowley County, KS Created?
Cowley County was established on February 26, 1867 (organized on February 28, 1870) from Butler County. The county was named in honor of 1st Lt. Matthew Cowley of Co. I, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, who died on active duty in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 7 Oct 1864.

What is the County Seat of Cowley County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Winfield and the county government website is http://www.cowleycounty.org

What counties are adjacent to Cowley County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Butler County (north), Elk County (northeast), Chautauqua County (east), Osage County, Oklahoma (south), Kay County, Oklahoma (southwest), Sumner County (west), Sedgwick County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Cowley County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arkansas City, Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge, Dexter, Maple City, New Salem, Rock, Silverdale, Udall, Winfield.


Cowley County, KS Vital Records

Where can find Cowley County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cowley County vital records can be found at the Kansas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from July 1, 1911; marriage records from May 1913 and divorce records from July 1951. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kansas for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for Cowley County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Kansas Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.


Cowley County, KS Census Records

What Cowley County, KS census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cowley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Cowley Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Cowley Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Cowley Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Another census resource is the Kansas State Census Collection from 1855-1925. You'll find free down-loadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kansas Census Records Research Guide


Cowley County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Cowley County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cowley County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Cowley County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Kansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Cowley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 311 E 9th, Winfield, KS 67156-9631; Phone: (620)221-5400.
  • Cowley County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1885-1911, Marriage Records from 1870 and Death Records from 1885-1911. The Register of Deeds shall have custody of and safely keep and preserve all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as are required by law.
  • Cowley County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1870. The Register of Deeds shall have custody of and safely keep and preserve all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as are required by law.
  • Cowley County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1870 and Court Records from 1871. The Clerk of Court is part of the Judicial Branch of local government and as such is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
  • BLM Land Records

Cowley County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Cowley County, KS?
A list of Cowley County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Kansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Cowley County, KS Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Cowley County, KS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Cowley County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is simply a directory which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Cowley Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

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Cowley Co. KS Military Records

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