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Morton County, Kansas Facts

Morton County

Kansas County was created in 1873, and was named for the Kansas Indians but was never organized. On February 22, 1883, Seward County expanded to include Kansas County. The territory was reestablished as Morton County in February 20, 1886 from Seward County. The county was named in honor of Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana and prominent anti-slavery advocate.

What is the County Seat of Morton County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Elkhart and the county government website is http://www.mtcoks.com

What counties are adjacent to Morton County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Stanton County, Stevens County, Texas County, Oklahoma, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Baca County, Colorado.

What cities and towns are in Morton County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Elkhart, Rolla, Richfield.


Morton County, KS Vital Records

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


Morton County, KS Census Records

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

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


Morton County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Morton County Courthouse

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

  • Morton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 1025 Morton St, Elkhart, KS 67950; Phone Number: (620) 697-2563
  • Morton County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 18?, Marriage Records from 1887 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.
  • Morton County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1887. 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.
  • Morton County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1887 and Court Records from 1887. 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.
  • Morton 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.
  • BLM Land Records

Morton County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Morton Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Morton Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Morton Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Morton Co. KS Military Records

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