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Ness County, Kansas Facts

Ness County

When was Ness County, KS Created?
Ness County was established on February 26, 1867 (abolished in 1874 and restablished in 1880) from Unorganized Land and Peketon Territory. The county was named in honor of Noah V. Ness, Corporal in 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during Civil War.

What is the County Seat of Ness County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Ness City and the county government website is http://www.nesscountyks.com

What counties are adjacent to Ness County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Trego County, Ellis County, Rush County, Pawnee County, Hodgeman County, Finney County, Lane County, Gove County.

What cities and towns are in Ness County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ness City, Ransom, Bazine, Utica, Brownell.


Ness County, KS Vital Records

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


Ness County, KS Census Records

What Ness County, KS census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ness 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.

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


Ness County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Ness County Courthouse

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

  • Ness County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 202 W. Sycamore Street, Ness City, KS 67560-1558; Phone: (785) 798-2401.
  • Ness County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 18?, Marriage Records from 1880 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.
  • Ness County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1880. 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.
  • Ness County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1880 and Court Records from 1880. 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

Ness County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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