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Seward County, Kansas Facts

Seward County

When was Seward County, KS Created?
Seward County was established on March 20, 1873 (Organized on 1886) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), senator from New York and a leader of the anti-slavery wing of the Whig Party. Joining the Republican Party in 1855, he served as Secretary of State under Lincoln and Johnson, and arranged to purchase Alaska ("Seward's Folly") from Russia.

What is the County Seat of Seward County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Liberal and the county government website is http://www.sewardcountyks.org

What counties are adjacent to Seward County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Haskell County, Meade County, Beaver County, Oklahoma, Texas County, Oklahoma, Stevens County.

What cities and towns are in Seward County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Liberal and Kismet.


Seward County, KS Vital Records

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


Seward County, KS Census Records

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

Seward 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


Seward County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Seward County Courthouse

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

  • Seward County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 415 North Washington, Suite 116, Liberal, KS 67901-3462; Phone: (620) 626-3201.
  • Seward County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 18?, Marriage Records from 1886 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.
  • Seward County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1886. 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.
  • Seward County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1886 and Court Records from 1886. 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

Seward County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Seward Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Seward Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Seward Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Seward Co. KS General and History Websites

Seward Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Seward Co. KS Military Records

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