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== County Information ==
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==County Information==
  
=== Description ===
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===Description===
  
The County was named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry. The County has Hays as its seat and the County was created 1867. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.</ref>
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The County was named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.</ref>
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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===County Courthouse===
 
{{KS Courthouse Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Courthouse Intro|Ellis}}
 
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'''Ellis County Courthouse'''<br>1204 Fort Street <br>Hays, Kansas 67601-3899<br>Phone: 785.628.9410<br>
 
'''Ellis County Courthouse'''<br>1204 Fort Street <br>Hays, Kansas 67601-3899<br>Phone: 785.628.9410<br>
 
[http://www.ellisco.net/ Ellis County Website]<br>
 
[http://www.ellisco.net/ Ellis County Website]<br>
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*County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records 1886-1911.
 
*County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records 1886-1911.
 
*Register of Deeds has land, military discharge &amp; school records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas page 250 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
 
*Register of Deeds has land, military discharge &amp; school records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas page 250 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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'''23rd Judicial District Court'''<br>107 W. 12th St., Box 8<br>Hays, KS 67601<br>Telephone: 785-628-9415<br>Fax: 785-628-8415<br>
 
'''23rd Judicial District Court'''<br>107 W. 12th St., Box 8<br>Hays, KS 67601<br>Telephone: 785-628-9415<br>Fax: 785-628-8415<br>
 
Clerk of the District court has:
 
Clerk of the District court has:
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*Divorce, probate, court and naturalization records
 
*Divorce, probate, court and naturalization records
 
*Coroner's Reports 1890s- Present
 
*Coroner's Reports 1890s- Present
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*Domestic & Criminal Court Cases 1970s - Present 
 
*Domestic & Criminal Court Cases 1970s - Present 
 
*Guardianship Cases - early 1900s
 
*Guardianship Cases - early 1900s
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'''NOTE:'''  Ellis County recently reorganized and moved all non-court related offices from the Courthouse.  They are now located in the new Ellis County Administrative Center.<br>
 
'''NOTE:'''  Ellis County recently reorganized and moved all non-court related offices from the Courthouse.  They are now located in the new Ellis County Administrative Center.<br>
  
 
'''Ellis Co. Administrative Center'''<br>718 Main St., POB 720<br>Hays, KS  67601<br>Telephone: 785-628-9410<br>Fax: 785-628-9413<br>E-mail: [mailto:dclerk@ellisco.net dclerk@ellisco.net]<br>Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday<br>
 
'''Ellis Co. Administrative Center'''<br>718 Main St., POB 720<br>Hays, KS  67601<br>Telephone: 785-628-9410<br>Fax: 785-628-9413<br>E-mail: [mailto:dclerk@ellisco.net dclerk@ellisco.net]<br>Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday<br>
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*Must file a Kansas Open Records Act request to access these records. <br>
 
*Must file a Kansas Open Records Act request to access these records. <br>
 
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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), Ellis County, Kansas. Page 250 {{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), 235.</ref>'''</center>
 
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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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| 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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=== Record Loss ===
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===Record Loss===
 
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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===Boundary Changes===
 
{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Boundary Changes Intro|Ellis}}
 
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=== Populated Places ===
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===Populated Places===
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Ellis}}
The following are locations in Ellis County, Kansas:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_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,051,c,ellis.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.</ref>
 
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{{populated places
 
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=== History Timeline ===
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===History Timeline===
 
{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Historical Timeline Intro|Ellis}}
  
== Resources ==
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==Resources==
 
{{KS Resources Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Resources Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Bible Records ===
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===Bible Records===
 
{{KS Bible Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Bible Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Biographies ===
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===Biographies===
 
{{KS Biographies Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Biographies Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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===Business, Commerce, and Occupations===
 
{{KS Business Records Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Business Records Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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===Cemeteries===
 
{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Ellis}}
  
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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=909&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.ksgenweb.org/ellis/library/index.html KSGenWeb]
* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/ellis/library/index.html KSGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/ellis.html Tombstone Project]
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/ellis.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=26 Kansas Gravestones]
* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=26 Kansas Gravestones]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Ellis%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/ellis.htm KS Interment]
 
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* {{FHL|349161|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*{{FHL|349161|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ellis+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ellis+Kansas&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
 
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<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=909 Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=909 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Ellis&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Ellis&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 ===
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*{{RecordSearch|2568639|Kansas, Cemetery Abstracts}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===Census Records===
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
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{{KS Census Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Census Intro|Ellis}}
  
==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
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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'''
 
*'''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'''
 
*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
 
*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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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 ====
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====Federal Census Records====
 
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>
 
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>
  
=== Church Records ===
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===Church Records===
 
{{KS Church Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Church Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Court Records ===
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*'''1861-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3042282|Kansas, Swedish Church Records, 1861-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===Court Records===
 
{{KS Court Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Court Intro|Ellis}}
  
 
See Courthouse above.
 
See Courthouse above.
  
=== Directories ===
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===Directories===
 
{{KS Directories Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Directories Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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===Emigration and Immigration===
 
{{KS Emigration Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Emigration Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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===Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups===
 
{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Ethnic Groups Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Funeral Homes ===
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===Funeral Homes===
 
{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Funeral Homes Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Genealogies ===
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===Genealogies===
 
{{KS Genealogies Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Genealogies Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Guardianship ===
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===Guardianship===
 
{{KS Guardianship Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Guardianship Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Land and Property Records ===
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===Land and Property Records===
 
{{KS Land Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Land Intro|Ellis}}
 
''Online Land Records''<br>
 
''Online Land Records''<br>
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*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
 
*[http://www.kshs.org/p/land-records-and-maps/11083 Land records at Kansas Historical Society]<br>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209418 1905 Land Plat book for Ellis County] - image of plat book<br>
 
:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209418 1905 Land Plat book for Ellis County] - image of plat book<br>
 
:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223993 1922 Land Plat book for Ellis County] - image of plat book<br>
 
:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223993 1922 Land Plat book for Ellis County] - image of plat book<br>
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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>
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For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
 
For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
  
=== Local Histories ===
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===Local Histories===
 
{{KS Histories Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Histories Intro|Ellis}}
  
 
{{KS History Intro}}
 
{{KS History Intro}}
 
''Online County Histories''
 
''Online County Histories''
*''Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush.'' 1926. N.p.: n.p. Online at: {{FSbook|1220972}}, [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100947454 Hathitrust]; {{WorldCat|865608267|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
 
*''Historical and Biographical Sketches.'' N.p.: n.p. Online at: {{FSbook|87918}}, [http://www.ksgenweb.com/ellis/library/HBS.html KSGenWeb]; {{WorldCat|865622888|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
 
*''Indians to industry : a History of Hays and Ellis County.'' 1967.  By Maureen Winter. [Ellis, Kansas] : Ellis County Star.  Online at: {{FSbook|11935344}}.
 
*''The Story of the Early Life of Fort Hays and of Hays City.'' (Title also known as ''Old Fort Hays, 1867-1889.'') 1959. By Hays, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce. [Hays, Kansas] : Old Fort Hays Historical Association. Online at: {{FSbook|4836900}}.
 
  
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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*''Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush.'' 1926. N.p.: n.p. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/107244-golden-jubilee-of-the-german-russian-settlements-of-ellis-and-rush-counties-kansas?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100947454 Hathitrust]; {{WorldCat|865608267|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Historical and Biographical Sketches.'' N.p.: n.p. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/544432-historical-and-biographical-sketches-vol-1?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [http://www.ksgenweb.com/ellis/library/HBS.html KSGenWeb]; {{WorldCat|865622888|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Indians to industry : a History of Hays and Ellis County.'' 1967.  By Maureen Winter. [Ellis, Kansas] : Ellis County Star.  Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/447195-indians-to-industry-a-history-of-hays-and-ellis-county-prepared-for-the-celebration-of-the-1967-centennial?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
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*''The Story of the Early Life of Fort Hays and of Hays City.'' (Title also known as ''Old Fort Hays, 1867-1889.'') 1959. By Hays, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce. [Hays, Kansas] : Old Fort Hays Historical Association. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/418283-the-story-of-the-early-life-of-fort-hays-and-of-hays-city?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
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===Maps and Gazetteers===
 
{{KS Maps Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Maps Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Ellis County}}}}
 
{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Ellis County}}}}
  
=== Migration ===
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===Migration===
 
{{KS Migration Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Migration Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Military Records ===
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===Military Records===
 
{{KS Military Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Military Intro|Ellis}}
  
==== Online Collections ====
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====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>
 
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>
 
''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>
 
*[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>
 
*[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>
 
*[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>
 
''Civil War''<br>
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*Ellis County was not organized until after the Civil War so no Civil War enlistment records exist.
 
*Ellis County was not organized until after the Civil War so no Civil War enlistment records exist.
 
*Historic Fort Hays   1472 Hwy 183 Alt.   Hays, KS  67601   (785) 625-6812   Email:  thefort@kshs.org   http://kshs.org/   Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Wednesday - Saturday   Some records available for soldiers who served there 1867-1889 - also available at the state archive in Topeka, Kansas.     Celebrating Fort Hays Sesquicentennial June 17&18, 2017
 
*Historic Fort Hays   1472 Hwy 183 Alt.   Hays, KS  67601   (785) 625-6812   Email:  thefort@kshs.org   http://kshs.org/   Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Wednesday - Saturday   Some records available for soldiers who served there 1867-1889 - also available at the state archive in Topeka, Kansas.     Celebrating Fort Hays Sesquicentennial June 17&18, 2017
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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>
 
*'''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>
 
*[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>
 
*[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>
 
''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>
 
*'''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>
 
''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>
 
*[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>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
 
''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>
 
*'''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>
 
*[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>
 
*[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>
 
''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>
 
*[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>
 
''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>
 
*[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]].
 
For further information see [[Kansas Military Records]].
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
 
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Ellis}}
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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
 
*'''1864 - 1972''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5175 Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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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*'''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
 
*'''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 ===
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===Newspapers===
 
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Ellis}}
 
''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
 
''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
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*[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]
 
*[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]
 
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
 
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), 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]
 
*[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]
 
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
 
''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
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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
 
*[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
 
*[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<br><br>
 
*[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<br><br>
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*[http://kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Ellis Review] - Ellis Community Newspaper – issues 1886 – present available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.  Print copies available at the Ellis Public Library 1969 - 1986
 
*[http://kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Ellis Review] - Ellis Community Newspaper – issues 1886 – present available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.  Print copies available at the Ellis Public Library 1969 - 1986
*[http://kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Hays Daily News] - County’s official newspaper.  Issues 1929 – 2013 available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.    
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*[http://kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Hays Daily News] - County’s official newspaper.  Issues 1929 – 2013 available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.  
  
 
Historic Ellis County newspapers:
 
Historic Ellis County newspapers:
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/kansas/ellis/ Chronicling America] 
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/kansas/ellis/ Chronicling America] 
 
*[https://www.kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Kansas State Historical Society Ellis County Newspaper Collection] 
 
*[https://www.kshs.org/newspaper/newspaper_reels/search/county:EL Kansas State Historical Society Ellis County Newspaper Collection] 
  
=== Obituaries ===
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===Obituaries===
 
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Obituaries Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Other Records ===
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===Other Records===
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Ellis}}
 
'''Voter Records'''<br>
 
'''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
 
*'''1854''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099 Kansas Election List, 1854] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 
*'''1854 - 1856''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961 Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), Index
 
*'''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 ===
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===Periodicals===
 
{{KS Periodicals Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Periodicals Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Probate Records ===
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===Probate Records===
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Probate Intro|Ellis}}
  
'''Online Records
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'''Online 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 $
 
*'''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 ===
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===School Records===
 
{{KS Schools Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Schools Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Tax Records ===
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===Tax Records===
 
{{KS Tax Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Tax Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Vital Records ===
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===Vital Records===
 
{{KS Vital Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Vital Intro|Ellis}}
  
==== Birth ====
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====Birth====
{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Ellis}}
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{{KS Birth Intro|Ellis}}
  
 
*'''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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*'''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 $
  
==== Marriage ====
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====Marriage====
{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Ellis}}
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{{KS Marriage Intro|Ellis}}
  
 
*'''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
 
*'''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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*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
 
*'''1840 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch.org] — Index
 
*'''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
 
*'''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 ====
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====Death====
{{KS Vital Records - Death Intro|Ellis}}
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{{KS Death Intro|Ellis}}
  
 
*'''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
 
*'''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 $
  
==== Divorce ====
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====Divorce====
{{KS Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Ellis}}
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{{KS Divorce Intro|Ellis}}
  
== Research Facilities ==
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==Research Facilities==
 
{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Research Facilities Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Archives ===
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===Archives===
 
{{KS Archives Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Archives Intro|Ellis}}
  
=== Family History Centers ===
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===Family History Centers===
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Hays Kansas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Hays Kansas Family History Center]]
  
=== Libraries ===
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===Libraries===
 
{{KS Libraries Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Libraries Intro|Ellis}}
  
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'''Western Collection''' includes Smoky Hill Trail Association documents
 
'''Western Collection''' includes Smoky Hill Trail Association documents
  
=== Museums ===
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===Museums===
 
{{KS Museums Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Museums Intro|Ellis}}
 
'''Ellis County Historical Society Museum'''<br>100 West 7th Street<br>Hays, KS 67601<br>Telephone Number:  785-628-2624<br>[http://www.elliscountyhistoricalmuseum.org/ Website]
 
'''Ellis County Historical Society Museum'''<br>100 West 7th Street<br>Hays, KS 67601<br>Telephone Number:  785-628-2624<br>[http://www.elliscountyhistoricalmuseum.org/ Website]
  
* Many Kansas County Histories
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*Many Kansas County Histories
  
== Societies ==
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==Societies==
 
{{KS Societies Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Societies Intro|Ellis}}
  
  
== Websites ==
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==Websites==
 
{{KS Websites Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Websites Intro|Ellis}}
  
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*[http://usgenealogyresearch.atwebpages.com/Kansas/Ellis/index.html Ellis County Kansas Genealogy Research.]    Contains information for researching genealogy in Ellis county KS,  Census, bios, obituary, birth, death, marriage, maps, and other records
 
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ellis/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
 
*[http://www.ksgenweb.com/ellis/index.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
 
*{{FHL Place IDNum|203775|Kansas|Ellis}}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
 
*{{FHL Place IDNum|203775|Kansas|Ellis}}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/Ellis/ Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KS/Ellis/ Ellis County, Kansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== Research Guides ==
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==Research Guides==
 
{{KS Research Guides Intro|Ellis}}
 
{{KS Research Guides Intro|Ellis}}
  
== References ==
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==References==
 
<references />
 
<references />
  
 
{{Kansas|Kansas}}
 
{{Kansas|Kansas}}
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Revision as of 19:55, 20 March 2020

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

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

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Ellis County Courthouse
1204 Fort Street
Hays, Kansas 67601-3899
Phone: 785.628.9410
Ellis County Website

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records 1886-1911.
  • Register of Deeds has land, military discharge & school records. [3]

23rd Judicial District Court
107 W. 12th St., Box 8
Hays, KS 67601
Telephone: 785-628-9415
Fax: 785-628-8415
Clerk of the District court has:

  • Divorce, probate, court and naturalization records
  • Coroner's Reports 1890s- Present
  • Probate Files - 1867 - Present 
  • Marriages - 1890s - Present 
  • Domestic & Criminal Court Cases 1970s - Present 
  • Guardianship Cases - early 1900s

NOTE: Ellis County recently reorganized and moved all non-court related offices from the Courthouse. They are now located in the new Ellis County Administrative Center.

Ellis Co. Administrative Center
718 Main St., POB 720
Hays, KS  67601
Telephone: 785-628-9410
Fax: 785-628-9413
E-mail: dclerk@ellisco.net
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

  • Must file a Kansas Open Records Act request to access these records.

Ellis 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1886 1886 1886 1868 1871 1867 1855
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.[5]

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:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Big Creek
  • Buckeye
  • Catherine
  • Ellis
  • Freedom
  • Herzog
  • Lockout
  • Victgoria
  • Wheatland
Ghost towns


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 Ellis 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.
1870 1,336
1880 6,179 362.5%
1890 7,942 28.5%
1900 8,626 8.6%
1910 12,170 41.1%
1920 14,138 16.2%
1930 15,907 12.5%
1940 17,508 10.1%
1950 19,043 8.8%
1960 21,270 11.7%
1970 24,730 16.3%
1980 26,098 5.5%
1990 26,004 −0.4%
2000 27,507 5.8%
2010 28,452 3.4%
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.[8] 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.[9] 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]

See Courthouse above.

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 Ellis 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]

Graham CountyRooks CountyOsborne CountyTrego CountyRussell CountyNess CountyRush CountyBarton CountyEllis, Kansas.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • Ellis County was not organized until after the Civil War so no Civil War enlistment records exist.
  • Historic Fort Hays  1472 Hwy 183 Alt.  Hays, KS  67601  (785) 625-6812  Email: thefort@kshs.org  http://kshs.org/  Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Wednesday - Saturday  Some records available for soldiers who served there 1867-1889 - also available at the state archive in Topeka, Kansas.    Celebrating Fort Hays Sesquicentennial June 17&18, 2017

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


  • Ellis Review - Ellis Community Newspaper – issues 1886 – present available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.  Print copies available at the Ellis Public Library 1969 - 1986
  • Hays Daily News - County’s official newspaper.  Issues 1929 – 2013 available on microfilm from the Kansas State Archive in Topeka.  

Historic Ellis County newspapers:

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, Ellis 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]

Ellis Public Library: Library holdings can be searched in Pathfinder Central. The library may have cataloged unique items related to genealogy and local history, in addition to published works for this area.

Hays Public Library – Kansas Room: 
The Kansas Room is located in the basement of the Hays Public Library.   
1205 Main St. 
Hays, KS  67601 
(785) 625-9014 
Kansas room staffed 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday 
Open for research all hours the library is open. 

http://www1.youseemore.com/hays/
Large collection of Germans from Russia material pertaining to the settlement of Ellis County Many local family histories Ellis County Cemetery records Polk's Hays City Directories 1938, 1963 – 2015 Several local historic newspapers on microfilm Kansas history books Many Kansas County Histories

Fort Hay State University - Forsyth Library 
Special Collections 
502 S. Campus Dr. 
Hays, KS  67601 
(785) 628-4434 
Special Collections 
Parking is challenging during the school year.  Visit campus Police department located in Custer Hall to obtain a visitor parking permit. 
Photos allowed.  Copiers and scanners available. 
Archivist available 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday or by special appointment. 
Their Special Collections include:  Special Collections include extensive Volga German history, Ellis County history, local family histories, area town and church histories.  They also have many area County histories.  

University Archive includes faculty information 1902- present 

FHSU yearbooks 1914-2002 

Government Records 

Western Collection includes Smoky Hill Trail Association documents

Museums[edit | edit source]

Ellis County Historical Society Museum
100 West 7th Street
Hays, KS 67601
Telephone Number: 785-628-2624
Website

  • Many Kansas County Histories

Societies[edit | edit source]

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Kansas" 8/11/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas page 250 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis County, Kansas. Page 250 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), 235.
  5. “Kansas Research Outline”, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Department, 2000), 40.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 14 September 2017.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 118-119.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.