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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Rooks County''' <br>
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Guide to '''Rooks County, Kansas ancestry, family history and genealogy''' and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.<br>
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| founded year = 1867
 
| founded date = February 26
 
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| building address = '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Courthouse|Rooks County Courthouse]]'''<br>115 N. Walnut Street<br>Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663<br>Phone: 785.425.6391
 
 
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=== County Information  ===
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Guide to '''Rooks County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
==== Rooks County, Kansas Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 232-245. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''
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|organized= February 26,  1867
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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|county seat= Stockton
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellis]]
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|county2= [[Graham County, Kansas Genealogy|Graham]]
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|county3= [[Osborne County, Kansas Genealogy|Osborne]]
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|county4= [[Phillips County, Kansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county5= [[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy|Smith]]
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|county6= [[Trego County, Kansas Genealogy|Trego]]</br><center>[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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==County Information==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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===Description===
  
[http://www.rookscounty.net/ Rooks County Courthouse]<br>115 N Walnut Street <br>Stockton, KS 67669-1663<br>Phone: 785.425.6718<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, <br>marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas page 255, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The County was named for Private John C. Rooks.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Rooks, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rooks/ 9/11/2017."</ref> The County is located in the northwest central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.</ref>
  
== History  ==
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===County Courthouse===
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{{KS Courthouse Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''Rooks County Courthouse'''<br>115 N. Walnut Street<br>Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663<br>Phone: 785.425.6391<br>[http://www.rookscounty.net/ Rooks County Website]<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas page 255, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1867--'''Rooks County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Stockton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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===Rooks County, Kansas Record Dates===
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{{KS Records Intro}}
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rooks County, Kansas. Page 255 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 237.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| colspan="7" |<center>*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911.  General compliance by 1917.<ref>“Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.</ref> </center>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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===Record Loss===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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==== Record Loss  ====
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===Boundary Changes===
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{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Rooks}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Rooks County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Stockton<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*'''Map''': [http://www.mapofus.org/kansas/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Kansas] - shows boundary changes for Kansas Counties
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*'''Chronology''': [https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/KS_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Kansas Historical Boundary Changes] - legislative details of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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===Populated Places===
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{{KS Populated Places Intro|Rooks}}
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://kansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,163,c,rooks.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damar,_Kansas Damar]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palco,_Kansas Palco]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plainville,_Kansas Plainville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton,_Kansas Stockton]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodston,_Kansas Woodston]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zurich,_Kansas Zurich]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codell,_Kansas Codell]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster,_Kansas Webster]</div>
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* Township 1
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* Township 2
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* Township 3
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* Township 4</div>
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* Township 5
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* Township 6
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* Township 7
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* Township 8</div>
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* Township 9
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* Township 10
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* Township 11
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* Township 12</div>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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===History Timeline===
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{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==Resources==
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{{KS Resources Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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===Bible Records===
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{{KS Bible Intro|Rooks}}
  
*[[Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy|Ellis]]
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===Biographies===
*[[Graham County, Kansas Genealogy|Graham]]
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{{KS Biographies Intro|Rooks}}
*[[Osborne County, Kansas Genealogy|Osborne]]
 
*[[Phillips County, Kansas Genealogy|Phillips]]
 
*[[Smith County, Kansas Genealogy|Smith]]
 
*[[Trego County, Kansas Genealogy|Trego]][[Image:Ksrooks.jpg|700px|Right]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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===Business, Commerce, and Occupations===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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===Cemeteries===  
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{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Rooks}}
  
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| colspan="2" style="border:1px solid black" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" |<center>'''Cemeteries of Rooks County, Kansas''' online and in print</center>
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=965&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| style="border:1px solid black" width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" |<center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|466296|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=965 Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.org/rooks/cemeteries.htm KSGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rooks.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=82 Kansas Gravestones]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Rooks%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ks/rooks.htm KS Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ksgenweb.org/rooks/cemeteries.htm KSGenWeb]
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| style="border:1px solid black" width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" |<center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Rooks+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Rooks&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|466296|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Rooks+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/rooks.htm KSInterment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rooks.html Tombstone Project]
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| style="border:1px solid black" width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=965 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Rooks&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/kansas-cemetery-records.htm Cemetery Records by Access Genealogy]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394230&reqParentsLabel=Rooks%2C%20Kansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=82 Kansas Gravestones]
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| colspan="2" style="border:1px solid black" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" |<center>See '''[[Kansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Kansas Cemeteries|Kansas Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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==== Church  ====
 
  
{{KS Church Intro}}  
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*{{RecordSearch|2568639|Kansas, Cemetery Abstracts}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] [[Kansas Cemetery Abstracts - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index
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===Census Records===
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |8112
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|1890 |8018
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|1900 |7960
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|1910 |11282
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|1920 |9966
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|1930 |9534
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|1940 |8497
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|1950 |9043
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|1960 |9734
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|1970 |7628  
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|1980 |7006
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|1990 |6039
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|2000 |5685
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|2010 |5181
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{{KS Census Intro|Rooks}}
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====State and Territorial Census Records====
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*'''1855-1925''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1088 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images; covers census years '''1855-1859, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925'''
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] - [[United States Census, 1860 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] - Index and images
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*'''1860''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7667 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($), Index and images
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1865 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]— index and images
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*'''1875''' - {{RecordSearch|1825178|Kansas State Census, 1875}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1875 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — images
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas, State Census, 1895 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2659394|Kansas State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1905 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2640442|Kansas State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1915 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index and images
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*'''1919-1961''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2270 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - Partial index (4 counties) and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2659395|Kansas State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas State Census, 1925 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index
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====Federal Census Records====
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The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Kansas Census]].<br>
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===Church Records===
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{{KS Church Intro|Rooks}}
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*'''1861-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3042282|Kansas, Swedish Church Records, 1861-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]  - [[Kansas, Swedish Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] —index
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394230&reqParentsLabel=Rooks%2C%20Kansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
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===Court Records===
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{{KS Court Intro|Rooks}}
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===Directories===
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{{KS Directories Intro|Rooks}}
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===Emigration and Immigration===
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{{KS Emigration Intro|Rooks}}
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===Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups===
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{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Rooks}}
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===Funeral Homes===
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{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Rooks}}
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===Genealogies===
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{{KS Genealogies Intro|Rooks}}
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===Guardianship===
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{{KS Guardianship Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Court  ====
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===Land and Property Records===
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{{KS Land Intro|Rooks}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
  
==== Land ====
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
  
{{KS Land Intro}}
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223950 1904-1905 Land Plat book for Rooks County] - image of plat book<br>
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1863-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
  
{{KS History Intro}}
+
For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
  
==== Maps  ====
+
===Local Histories===
 +
{{KS Histories Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Military ====
+
{{KS History Intro}}
 +
 
 +
===Maps and Gazetteers===
 +
{{KS Maps Intro|Rooks}}
 +
{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Rooks County}}}}
 +
 
 +
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394230&reqParentsLabel=Rooks%2C%20Kansas%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
 +
 
 +
===Migration===
 +
{{KS Migration Intro|Rooks}}
 +
 
 +
===Military Records===
 +
{{KS Military Intro|Rooks}}
  
 
*Rooks County was organized after the Civil War.
 
*Rooks County was organized after the Civil War.
  
==== Newspapers  ====
+
====Online Collections====
 +
These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Kansas Military Records|Kansas Military Records]].<br><br>
 +
''Collections Covering Multiple Wars''<br>
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-military-index/15797 Kansas Military Index] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/online-collections/18942 Kansas Historical Society] - Index only, includes Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts<br>
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ks/county/ford/cemeteries/ksstatesoldhomedeaths.htm Records of the Deaths and Burials at the Kansas State Soldiers Home] - Index only, the home is located in Fort Dodge, Ford County, Kansas.<br>
 +
 
 +
''Civil War''<br>
 +
 
 +
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index only<br>
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*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1866-1931:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2580 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Bound Post Records, 1866-1931] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1880-1940:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1700 Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1889:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2956 Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3916 Kansas Civil War Soldiers] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
 +
 
 +
*'''1945-1970:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1680 Kansas, United Spanish War Veterans Reports of Deaths, 1945-1970] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
''World War I''<br>
 +
 
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.org/archives/military/ksguard/ History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard (WWI)] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Taken from the book by the Adjutant General's Office<br>
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*'''1917-1919:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2021 Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1930:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2955 Kansas, Enrollment of WWI Veterans, 1930] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
''World War II''<br>
 +
 
 +
*'''1940-1946:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70795 Web: Kansas, WWII Selective Service Index, 1940-1946] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[http://ksgenweb.org/archives/rooks/military/honor.txt World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas, War Dept-June 1946] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Index only<br>
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''Korean War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/ks-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Vietnam War for Kansas] - Index only<br>
  
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Rooks}}
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For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
  
==== Probate  ====
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
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{{KS Naturalization Intro|Rooks}}
  
'''Online Records'''
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*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1865 - 1874''' - [https://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-kansas-indians.html Kansas Indian Naturalizations, ca. 1865-1874] at the [https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] — Index, District of Kansas, Record Group 21.
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*'''1865 - 1984''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61199 Kansas, Federal Naturalization Records, 1865-1984] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2137 Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index and images, includes German and other aliens living in Kansas
 +
 
 +
===Newspapers===
 +
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Rooks}}
 +
''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
 +
 
 +
*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [http://www.kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify free to Kansas residents] through [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-digital-newspaper-program/16126 Kansas Historical Society]
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/kansas/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/?state=Kansas&ethnicity=&language= Chronicling America] - contains images of some Kansas newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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 +
''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
  
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ks Kansas Online Historical Newspapers] - contains a list of known Kansas newspapers online and the websites they are found on
{{KS Probate Intro|Rooks}}
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
==== Obituaries ====
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===Obituaries===
 +
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Rooks}}
  
[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au9ssAcHLCHWdF9yVnRjZHQ4Zlh0dy1OajBXbkQ1Z3c&hl=en#gid=0 Obituary Index] for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006.&nbsp;Provides the following information:  
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[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au9ssAcHLCHWdF9yVnRjZHQ4Zlh0dy1OajBXbkQ1Z3c&hl=en#gid=0 Obituary Index] for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006.&nbsp;Provides the following information:
  
*Last Name  
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*Last Name
*Given Names  
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*Given Names
*Age  
+
*Age
*Death Date  
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*Death Date
 
*Newspaper Date
 
*Newspaper Date
  
==== Taxation  ====
+
===Other Records===
 +
{{KS Other Records Intro|Rooks}}
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'''Voter Records'''<br>
 +
 
 +
*'''1854''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099 Kansas Election List, 1854] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1854 - 1856''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961 Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
  
{{KS Tax Intro}}  
+
===Periodicals===
 +
{{KS Periodicals Intro|Rooks}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
+
===Probate Records===
 +
{{KS Probate Intro|Rooks}}
  
{{KS Vital Intro}}
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'''Online Records'''
  
===== Birth Records =====
+
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 +
 
 +
===School Records===
 +
{{KS Schools Intro|Rooks}}
 +
===Social Security Records===
 +
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 +
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
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 +
===Tax Records===
 +
{{KS Tax Intro|Rooks}}
 +
 
 +
===Vital Records===
 +
{{KS Vital Intro|Rooks}}
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 +
====Birth====
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{{KS Birth Intro|Rooks}}
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 +
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] - [[Kansas Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  — index
  
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
 
*'''1885 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2567 Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1885 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2567 Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
===== Death Records =====
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====Marriage====
 +
{{KS Marriage Intro|Rooks}}
 +
 
 +
*'''1800 - 1946''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kansas United States Marriages – Kansas, 1800-1946] at [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records findmypast] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas, Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — Index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
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*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] - [[Kansas Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — Index
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*'''1861 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3583832|Kansas, Swedish Church Vital Records, 1861-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kansas, Swedish Church Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index
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 +
====Death====
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{{KS Death Intro|Rooks}}
  
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] - [[Kansas Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] — index
 
*'''1885 - 1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2570 Kansas, Deaths and Burials, Index, 1885-1930] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index
 
*'''1885 - 1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2570 Kansas, Deaths and Burials, Index, 1885-1930] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index
  
===== Marriage Records  =====
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====Divorce====
 +
{{KS Divorce Intro|Rooks}}
  
*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
+
==Research Facilities==
*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
+
{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Rooks}}
*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
 
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
+
===Archives===
 +
{{KS Archives Intro|Rooks}}
  
'''Rooks County Historical Society'''<br>921 S Cedar St<br>Stockton 67669<br>Telephone: 785-425-7217<br><br>
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===Family History Centers===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
+
===Libraries===
 +
{{KS Libraries Intro|Rooks}}
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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===Museums===
 +
{{KS Museums Intro|Rooks}}
 +
==Societies==
 +
{{KS Societies Intro|Rooks}}
 +
'''Rooks County Historical Society'''<br>921 S Cedar St<br>Stockton 67669<br>Telephone: 785-425-7217
  
== Web Sites  ==
+
==Websites==
 +
{{KS Websites Intro|Rooks}}
  
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/rooks/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.   
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*[https://www.ksgenweb.org/rooks/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Kansas%2C+Rooks|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
+
*[http://usgenealogyresearch.atwebpages.com/Kansas/Rooks/index.html Rooks County KS Genealogy Research]. Contains information for researching genealogy in Rooks county KS, Census, bios, obituary, birth, death, marriage, maps, and other records
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204106|Kansas|Rooks}}The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Rooks/ Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Rooks/ Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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==Research Guides==
 
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{{KS Research Guides Intro|Rooks}}
<references />
 
  
{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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==References==
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<references />
  
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{{Kansas|Kansas}}
 
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Revision as of 09:28, 7 June 2021

Guide to Rooks County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Stockton
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Ellis  • Graham  • Osborne  • Phillips  • Smith  • Trego
See County Maps
Courthouse
KansasRooksCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Rooks County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Private John C. Rooks.[2] The County is located in the northwest central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rooks County Courthouse
115 N. Walnut Street
Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663
Phone: 785.425.6391
Rooks County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1888-1905, marriage and divorce records from 1888, probate records from 1881 and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [4]

Rooks County, Kansas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1888 1888 1888 1873 1872 1881 1855
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[6]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 3
  • Township 4
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7
  • Township 8
  • Township 9
  • Township 10
  • Township 11
  • Township 12


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Rooks County, Kansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kansas Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 8,112
1890 8,018 −1.2%
1900 7,960 −0.7%
1910 11,282 41.7%
1920 9,966 −11.7%
1930 9,534 −4.3%
1940 8,497 −10.9%
1950 9,043 6.4%
1960 9,734 7.6%
1970 7,628 −21.6%
1980 7,006 −8.2%
1990 6,039 −13.8%
2000 5,685 −5.9%
2010 5,181 −8.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Kansas became a territory in 1854 and the first territory census taken was in 1855. It was also enumerated as Kansas Territory in the 1860 Federal Census, although there were 15 counties that were marked with "no population" in them. The state continued to take state censuses after it was admitted to the Union in 1861.[9] See links listed below.

State and Territorial Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.[10] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Kansas Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Kansas Church Records.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kansas Land and Property for additional information about early Kansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.


Online Land Records

For more information see Kansas Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Kansas Local Histories.


Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

NortonPhillipsSmithOsborneRussellEllisTregoGrahamRooks, Kansas.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • Rooks County was organized after the Civil War.

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Kansas. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Kansas Military Records.

Collections Covering Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see Kansas Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituary Index for the Plainville Times, 1888-2006. Provides the following information:

  • Last Name
  • Given Names
  • Age
  • Death Date
  • Newspaper Date

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Kansas, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Kansas, Rooks and click Probate records.


Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Kansas tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Kansas Taxation.


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Kansas Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Rooks County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Rooks County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kansas Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Rooks County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kansas Societies.
Rooks County Historical Society
921 S Cedar St
Stockton 67669
Telephone: 785-425-7217

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Rooks, Kansas Genealogy and History”, "http://genealogytrails.com/kan/rooks/ 9/11/2017."
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riley County, Kansas page 255, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rooks County, Kansas. Page 255 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 237.
  6. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Rooks County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooks_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  10. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.