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Riley County, Kansas Facts

Riley County

When was Riley County, KS Created?
Riley County was established on August 25, 1855 as one of the original 36 counties. The county was named in honor of Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Riley (1787-1853), who commanded the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail in 1829..

What is the County Seat of Riley County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Manhattan and the county government website is http://www.rileycountyks.gov

What counties are adjacent to Riley County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Ellsworth County, McPherson County, Reno County, Stafford County, Barton County.

What cities and towns are in Riley County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Manhattan, Ogden, Riley, Leonardville, Randolph.


Riley County, KS Vital Records

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


Riley County, KS Census Records

What Riley County, KS census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Riley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Riley County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Riley County Courthouse

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

  • Riley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66502-0125; Phone: (785) 537-6300.
  • Riley County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1885-86; 1892-1909, Marriage Records from 1856 and Death Records from 1885-86; 1892-1909. 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.
  • Riley County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1855. 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.
  • Riley County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1855 and Court Records from 1859. 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

Riley County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Riley Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Riley Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Riley Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Riley Co. KS General and History Websites

Riley Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Riley Co. KS Military Records

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