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Rush County, Kansas Facts

Rush County

When was Rush County, KS Created?
Rush County was established on February 26, 1867 (organized on 1874) from Unorganized and Peketon Territory. The county was named in honor of Alexander Rush, captain of Co. H, 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry, who was killed in action at Jenkins' Ferry, Ark., on 30 Apr 1864..

What is the County Seat of Rush County, KS?
The County Seat is located in La Crosse and the county government website is http://www.rushcounty.org/

What counties are adjacent to Rush County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Ellis County, Russell County, Barton County, Pawnee County, Ness County.

What cities and towns are in Rush County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include La Crosse, Otis, Bison, McCracken, Rush Center, Liebenthal, Timken, Alexander.


Rush County, KS Vital Records

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


Rush County, KS Census Records

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

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


Rush County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Rush County Courthouse

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

  • Rush County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 715 Elm St, La Crosse, KS 67548; Phone Number: (785) 222-2718
  • Rush County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1895-1911, Marriage Records from 1874 and Death Records from 1886-1911. 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.
  • Rush County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1874. 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.
  • Rush County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1876 and Court Records from 1875. 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

Rush County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Rush Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rush Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Rush Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rush Co. KS General and History Websites

Rush Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rush Co. KS Military Records

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