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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
  
The County was named for the Native American tribe. The County has Coldwater as its seat and the County was created February 26, 1867. The County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.</ref>
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The County was named for the Native American tribe. The County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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'''Comanche County Courthouse'''<br>201 S. New York<br>PO Box 397<br>Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0397<br>Phone: 620.582.2182<br>
 
'''Comanche County Courthouse'''<br>201 S. New York<br>PO Box 397<br>Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0397<br>Phone: 620.582.2182<br>
[http://www.comanchecounty.com/ Comanche County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1891-1911. <br>Magistrate Judge has marriage records 1891-1912, probate and court records. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce 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), Comanche County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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[https://kansastreasurers.org/index.php/directory/comanche-county/ Comanche County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1891-1911. <br>Magistrate Judge has marriage records 1891-1912, probate and court records. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce 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), Comanche County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== Comanche County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
 
=== Comanche County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Comanche County, Kansas. Page 249 {{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), 234.</ref>'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Comanche County, Kansas. Page 249 {{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), 234.</ref>'''</center>
 
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Comanche}}
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Comanche}}
The following are locations in Comanche County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.</ref>
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://kansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,033,c,comanche.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.</ref>
 
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* [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=900&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/comanche/index.html KSGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/comanche.htm Tombstone Project]
 
* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=17 Kansas Gravestones]
 
* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=17 Kansas Gravestones]
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/comanche.htm Tombstone Project]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Comanche%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/comanche.htm KS Interment]
 
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* {{FHL|333180|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Comanche+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Comanche+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=900 Findagrave.com]
 
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=900 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Comanche&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Comanche&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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=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1825188|Kansas State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1825193|Kansas State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2659394|Kansas State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2640442|Kansas State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''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
 
*'''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] — index
  
 
==== Federal Census Records ====
 
==== Federal Census Records ====
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=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{KS Church Intro|Comanche}}
 
{{KS Church Intro|Comanche}}
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*'''1861-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3042282|Kansas, Swedish Church Records, 1861-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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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>
 
*[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>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1863-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
 
For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
 
For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
  
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{{KS History Intro}}
 
{{KS History Intro}}
 
''Online County Histories''
 
''Online County Histories''
*''Comanche County history : Comanche County, Kansas.'' c1981. By Comanche County Historical Society. Coldwater, Kansas : Comanche County Historical Society.  Online at: {{FSbook|1892593}}; {{WorldCat|8390175|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Comanche County history : Comanche County, Kansas.'' c1981. By Comanche County Historical Society. Coldwater, Kansas : Comanche County Historical Society.  Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/146811-comanche-county-history-comanche-county-kansas?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]; {{WorldCat|8390175|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
 
*For information about Civil War records see [[Marion County, Kansas Genealogy|Marion]] County.
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==== Online Collections ====
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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>
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''Collections Covering Multiple Wars''<br>
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*[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>
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''Civil War''<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] - ($), Index only<br>
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*'''1862, 1863, 1868:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1766 Kansas, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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>
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''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
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*'''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] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/military/ksguard/title.html History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard (WWI)] at [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ KSGenWeb] - Taken from the book by the Adjutant General's Office<br>
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*'''1917-1919:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2021 Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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] - ($), Index and images<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*'''1940-1946:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70795 Web: Kansas, WWII Selective Service Index, 1940-1946] at the [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), Index and images<br>
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*[http://ksgenweb.com/archives/ww2.htm 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>
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For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Comanche}}
 
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Comanche}}
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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 ===
 
=== Newspapers ===
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=== Other Records ===
 
=== Other Records ===
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Comanche}}
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Comanche}}
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'''Voter Records'''<br>
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*'''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
  
 
=== Periodicals ===
 
=== Periodicals ===
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==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Comanche}}
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{{KS Birth Intro|Comanche}}
  
 
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1818 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1674839|Kansas, Births and Christenings, 1818-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Comanche}}
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{{KS Marriage Intro|Comanche}}
  
*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''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] — ($), Index and images
*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — Index
*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
*'''1855 - 1911''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60292 Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — images $
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*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
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*'''1854 - 1861''' - [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-marriage-index/11315 KHS Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861] at [http://www.kshs.org/p/research/19385 Kansas Historical Society] — Index
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*'''1861 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3583832|Kansas, Swedish Church Vital Records, 1861-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Comanche}}
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{{KS Death Intro|Comanche}}
  
 
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1885 - 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1674844|Kansas, Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Comanche}}
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{{KS Divorce Intro|Comanche}}
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==

Revision as of 21:30, 19 March 2020

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

County Facts
County seat: Coldwater
Organized: February 26, 1867
Parent County(s): Marion [1]
Neighboring Counties
Barber  • Clark  • Harper (OK)  • Kiowa  • Woods (OK)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Comanche County Courthouse Coldwater, Kansas.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Kansas highlighting Comanche County svg.bmp
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Native American tribe. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Comanche County Courthouse
201 S. New York
PO Box 397
Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0397
Phone: 620.582.2182
Comanche County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records 1891-1911.
Magistrate Judge has marriage records 1891-1912, probate and court records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

Comanche 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1891 1891 1885 1885 1885 1855

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:[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


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 Comanche 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 372
1890 2,549 585.2%
1900 1,619 −36.5%
1910 3,281 102.7%
1920 5,302 61.6%
1930 5,238 −1.2%
1940 4,412 −15.8%
1950 3,888 −11.9%
1960 3,271 −15.9%
1970 2,702 −17.4%
1980 2,554 −5.5%
1990 2,313 −9.4%
2000 1,967 −15.0%
2010 1,891 −3.9%
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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

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 Comanche 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.


Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • For information about Civil War records see Marion County.

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


The Western Star The Western Starr Newspaper is published in Coldwater, Comanche, Kansas and has a link leading to the on-line Hailey Cemetery Internment records.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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, Comanche and click Probate records.


Online Records

School 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]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Comanche County Historical Society
410 South Baltimore, Box 177
Coldwater 67029

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Comanche County, Kansas. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas" 8/10/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Comanche County, Kansas. Page 249 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), 234.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Comanche County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.
  5. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  6. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.