Rooks County, Kansas Genealogy

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



Rooks County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Rooks County
Location in the state of Kansas, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Location of Kansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 26, 1867
County Seat Stockton
Courthouse
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Address Rooks County Courthouse
115 N. Walnut Street
Stockton, Kansas 67669-1663
Phone: 785.425.6391



County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rooks County Courthouse
115 N Walnut Street
Stockton, KS 67669-1663
Phone: 785.425.6718

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. [1]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1867--Rooks County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory. County seat: Stockton [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church[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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[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.


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[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

  • Rooks County was organized after the Civil War.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Template:KS Newspaper abstracts

Probate[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.


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

Taxation[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.


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).