Cowley County, Kansas

Cowley County

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.

Currently the Cowley County Seat is located in Winfield and the county government website is http://www.cowleycounty.org

Places next to Cowley County are Butler County (north), Elk County (northeast), Chautauqua County (east), Osage County, Oklahoma (south), Kay County, Oklahoma (southwest), Sumner County (west), Sedgwick County (northwest).

Cities and towns situated in Cowley County consist of Arkansas City, Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge, Dexter, Maple City, New Salem, Rock, Silverdale, Udall, Winfield.

Cowley County vital records can be found at the Kansas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. 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 consists of Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found 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. You'll find free down-loadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Cowley County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Cowley County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Cowley County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the advantages of Cowley County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Kansas courthouses and archives everywhere could be the dreams and frustrations of the many Kansas citizens.

The possibilities are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Cowley County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Please call the clerk's department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will assist men and women in finding the materials, but it is up to the man or women to do the basic research.

The below specifics denotes what birth, death, marriage, property, wills, and court records are in Cowley County. The years stated listed below could be the first recognized records data in this county.

  • 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.
  • Cowley County Treasurers Office by Kansas State law is responsible for the tax billing, collection and distribution of tax money for the State, County, Cities and all other taxing entities that levy Ad Valorem and/or special assessment taxes. For the most part, tax records remain at the local level. Assessment and tax rolls are kept, permanently, by the County Treasurer's office.

Cowley County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own most liked Cowley County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Cowley Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cowley Co. KS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cowley Co. KS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cowley Co. KS Census Records

Cowley Co. KS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cowley Co. KS Church & Bible Records

Cowley Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cowley Co. KS General and History Websites

Cowley Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cowley Co. KS Military Records

Cowley Co. KS Schools & Directories

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