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Chautauqua County, Kansas Facts

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County was established on March 25, 1875 (organized on June 01, 1875) from Godfroy County and Howard County. The county was named for Chautauqua County, New York, from which many early settlers hailed and the birthplace of Edward Jaquins, a member of the Kansas House who in 1875 introduced the bill dividing Howard County into Elk and Chautauqua. The New York county, in turn, derives its name from an Indian word meaning 'foggy place.'

What is the County Seat of Chautauqua County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Sedan and the county government website is http://www.chautauquacountyks.com/

What counties are adjacent to Chautauqua County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Elk County, Montgomery County, Washington County, Oklahoma, , Osage County, Oklahoma, Cowley County.

What cities and towns are in Chautauqua County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cedar Vale, Chautauqua, Hewins, Niotaze, Peru, Sedan.


Chautauqua County, KS Vital Records

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


Chautauqua County, KS Census Records

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

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


Chautauqua County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Chautauqua County Courthouse

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

  • Chautauqua County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 215 Chautauqua, Sedan, KS 67361; Phone: (620)725-5800.
  • Chautauqua County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1886-1911, Marriage Records from 1870 and Death Records from 1896-98; 1910-11. 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.
  • Chautauqua County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1875. 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.
  • Chautauqua County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1875 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.
  • BLM Land Records

Chautauqua County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Chautauqua Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Chautauqua Co. KS Military Records

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