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Smith County, Kansas Facts

Smith County

When was Smith County, KS Created?
Smith County was established on February 26, 1867 (Organized on 1872) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of Maj. J. Nelson Smith, 2nd Colorado Cavalry, killed in action at the Battle of the Little Blue, 21 Oct 1864..

What is the County Seat of Smith County, KS?
The County Seat is located in Smith Center and the county government website is http://www.smithcoks.com/

What counties are adjacent to Smith County, KS?
Bordering Counties are Webster County, Nebraska, Jewell County, Osborne County, Rooks County, Phillips County, Franklin County, Nebraska.

What cities and towns are in Smith County, KS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Smith Center, Kensington, Lebanon, Gaylord, Athol, Cedar.


Smith County, KS Vital Records

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


Smith County, KS Census Records

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

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


Smith County, KS Courthouse and Government Records


Smith County Courthouse

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

  • Smith County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted) is located at 218 South Grant Street, Smith Center, KS 66967-2798; Phone: (785) 282-6533.
  • Smith County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1891-96, Marriage Records from 1872 and Death Records from 1891-96. 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.
  • Smith County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1872. 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.
  • Smith County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1875 and Court Records from 1872. 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

Smith County, KS Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Smith Co. KS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Smith Co. KS Cemeteries & Church Records

Smith Co. KS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Smith Co. KS General and History Websites

Smith Co. KS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Smith Co. KS Military Records

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