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Ellis County, Kansas Facts

Ellis County

When was Ellis County, KS Created?
Ellis County was established on February 26, 1867 from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of 1st Lt. George Ellis of Company I, Twelfth Kansas Infantry, killed in action 30 April 1864 at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.

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

What counties are adjacent to Ellis County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Rooks County, Osborne County, Russell County, Rush County, Ness County, Trego County.

What cities and towns are in Ellis County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Antonino, Catharine, Ellis, Hays, Pfeifer, Schoenchen, Victoria, Walker.


Ellis County, KS Vital Records

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


Ellis County, KS Census Records

What Ellis County, KS census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ellis County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ellis Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Ellis Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Ellis 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


Ellis County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Ellis County Courthouse

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

  • Ellis County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 1204 Fort Street, Hays, KS 67601-3873; Phone: (785) 628-9410.
  • Ellis County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1886-1911, Marriage Records from 1868 and Death Records from 1886-1912. 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.
  • Ellis 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.
  • Ellis County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1867 and Court Records from 1868. 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

Ellis County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Ellis Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ellis Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Ellis Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ellis Co. KS General and History Websites

Ellis Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ellis Co. KS Military Records

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