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Rawlins County, Kansas Facts

Rawlins County

When was Rawlins County, KS Created?
Rawlins County was established on March 20, 1873 (Organized on 1881) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of John Aaron Rawlins (1831-1869), Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's chief of staff and closest friend during the Civil War; he died a few months after accepting the position of Secretary of War in Grant's first presidential administration.

What is the County Seat of Rawlins County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Atwood and the county government website is http://www.rawlinscounty.info/

What counties are adjacent to Rawlins County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Hitchcock County,Nebraska, Red Willow County, Nebraska, Decatur County, Thomas County, Sherman County, Cheyenne County, Dundy County, Nebraska.

What cities and towns are in Rawlins County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Atwood, McDonald, Herndon.


Rawlins County, KS Vital Records

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


Rawlins County, KS Census Records

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

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


Rawlins County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Rawlins County Courthouse

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

  • Rawlins County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 607 Main Street, Atwood, KS 67730-1839; Phone: (785) 626-3351.
  • Rawlins County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 18?, Marriage Records from 1881 and Death Records from 18?. 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.
  • Rawlins County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1881. 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.
  • Rawlins County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1881 and Court Records from 1881. 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

Rawlins County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Rawlins County, KS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rawlins 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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Rawlins Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Rawlins Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Rawlins Co. KS Military Records

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