Wabaunsee County, Kansas
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Wabaunsee County

Wabaunsee County was established on August 25, 1855 as one of the original 36 counties. The county was named in honor of William P. Richardson, a pro-slavery member of the territorial council in 1855 and 1857.

On February 11, 1859, Richardson County name changed to Wabaunsee County. The County was named for the Pottawatomie Chief Wabaunsee (1760s?-1845 or 6)

Currently the Wabaunsee County Seat is located in Alma and the county government website is http://www.wabaunsee.kansasgov.com/

Places next to Wabaunsee County are Pottawatomie County (north), Shawnee County (east), Osage County (southeast), Lyon County (south), Morris County (southwest), Geary County (west), Riley County (northwest).

Cities and towns situated in Wabaunsee County consist of Alma, Eskridge, Maple Hill, Alta Vista, McFarland, Harveyville, Paxico, Willard.

Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee 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.

Wabaunsee County consists of Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Wabaunsee Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wabaunsee Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wabaunsee 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.

Wabaunsee County Society and Family History Resources

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

Wabaunsee County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the advantages of Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee County. The years stated listed below could be the first recognized records data in this county.

  • Wabaunsee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 215 Kansas Street, Alma, KS 66401-9797; Phone: (785) 765-3414.
  • Wabaunsee County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1892-1911, Marriage Records from 1856 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.
  • Wabaunsee County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1859. 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.
  • Wabaunsee County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1859 and Court Records from 1860. 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.
  • Wabaunsee 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.

Wabaunsee County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Wabaunsee 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 Wabaunsee County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Wabaunsee Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wabaunsee Co. KS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wabaunsee Co. KS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Wabaunsee Co. KS Census Records

Wabaunsee Co. KS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wabaunsee Co. KS Church & Bible Records

Wabaunsee Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wabaunsee Co. KS General and History Websites

Wabaunsee Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wabaunsee Co. KS Military Records

Wabaunsee Co. KS Schools & Directories

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