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Rice County, Kansas Facts

Rice County

When was Rice County, KS Created?
Rice County was established on February 26, 1867 (Organized on 1871) from Peketon Territory. The county was named in honor of Brig.-General Samuel A. Rice (1828-1864), U. S. Volunteers, who died 6 July 1864 of wounds received at Jenkins' Ferry, Ark..

What is the County Seat of Rice County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Lyons and the county government website is http://www.ricecounty.us/

What counties are adjacent to Rice County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Ellsworth County (north), McPherson County (east), Reno County (south), Stafford County (southwest), Barton County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Rice County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Lyons, Sterling, Little River, Chase, Bushton, Geneseo, Alden, Raymond, Frederick.


Rice County, KS Vital Records

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


Rice County, KS Census Records

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

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


Rice County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Rice County Courthouse

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

  • Rice County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 101 West Commercial Street, Lyons, KS 67554-2727; Phone: (620) 257-2232.
  • Rice County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1895-1911, Marriage Records from 1872 and Death Records from 1892-1911. 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.
  • Rice County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1871. 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.
  • Rice County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1872. 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

Rice County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Rice Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rice Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Rice Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rice Co. KS General and History Websites

Rice Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rice Co. KS Military Records

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