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Norton County, Kansas Facts

Norton County

When was Norton County, KS Created?
Norton County was established on February 26, 1867 (Organized on August 22, 1872) from Unorganized Land. The county was named in honor of Capt. Orloff Norton of Co. L, 15th Kansas Cavalry, who was killed by guerillas near Cane Hill, Ark., on 11 Nov 1864..

What is the County Seat of Norton County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Norton and the county government website is http://www.nortoncounty.net/

What counties are adjacent to Norton County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Furnas County, Nebraska (north), Harlan County, Nebraska (northeast), Phillips County (east), Graham County (south), Sheridan County (southwest), Decatur County (west).

What cities and towns are in Norton County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Norton, Almena, Lenora, Clayton, Edmond.


Norton County, KS Vital Records

Where can find Norton County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Norton 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 Norton 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.


Norton County, KS Census Records

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

Norton Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1880. Norton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1880. Norton 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


Norton County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Norton County Courthouse

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

  • Norton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 105 South Kansas Ave, Norton, KS 67654; Phone Number: (785) 877-5720
  • Norton County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1885-1911, Marriage Records from 1873 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.
  • Norton County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1872. 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.
  • Norton County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1872 and Court Records from 1874. 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

Norton County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Norton County, KS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Norton 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.

Norton Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Norton Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Norton Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Norton Co. KS Military Records

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