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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kansas Genealogy|Kansas]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Rush County'''<br>
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Guide to '''Rush County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 
Guide to '''Rush County, Kansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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|organized=  February 26,  1867
 
|organized=  February 26,  1867
 
|county seat= La Crosse
 
|county seat= La Crosse
|parent county= unorganized territory<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
|variant spellings=
 
|variant spellings=
 
|county1= [[Barton County, Kansas Genealogy|Barton]]
 
|county1= [[Barton County, Kansas Genealogy|Barton]]
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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
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The County was named for Alexander Rush. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rush, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
{{KS Courthouse Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Courthouse Intro|Rush}}
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=== Rush County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
 
=== Rush County, Kansas Record Dates  ===
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{{KS Records Intro}}
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 232-245. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref>'''</center>
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| 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), Rush County, Kansas. Page 255 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 237.</ref>'''</center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rush County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Rush County, Kansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1886
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1886
| width="14.2%" align="center" |
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
 
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| colspan="7"| <center> </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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*'''1867--'''Rush County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
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*'''Parent County:''' Rush County was created 26 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
*'''County seat:''' La Crosse<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*'''County seat:''' La Crosse<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*'''Map''': [http://www.mapofus.org/kansas/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Kansas] - shows boundary changes for Kansas Counties
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*'''Chronology''': [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/KS_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Kansas Historical Boundary Changes] - legislative details of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
 
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Populated Places Intro|Rush}}
The following are locations in Rush County, Kansas:
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://kansas.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,165,c,rush.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Rush County, Kansas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 September 2017.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander,_Kansas Alexander]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bison,_Kansas Bison]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Crosse,_Kansas La Crosse]</div>
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| cities-col2=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebenthal,_Kansas Liebenthal]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCracken,_Kansas McCracken]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis,_Kansas Otis]</div>
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| cities-col3=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Center,_Kansas Rush Center]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timken,_Kansas Timken]</div>
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| unincorp-col1=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hargrave,_Kansas Hargrave]</div>
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| unincorp-col2=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nekoma,_Kansas Nekoma]</div>
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| unincorp-col3=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaffer,_Kansas Schaffer]</div>
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* Alexander-Belle Prairie
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* Banner
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* Big Timber
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* Center</div>
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* Garfield
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* Hampton-Fairview
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* Illinois
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* La Crosse-Brookdale</div>
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* Lone Star
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* Pioneer
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* Pleasantdale
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* Union</div>
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=== History Timeline ===
 
=== History Timeline ===
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{{KS Business Records Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Business Records Intro|Rush}}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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=== Cemeteries ===  
 
{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Cemeteries Intro|Rush}}
  
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
 
| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
 
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
 
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
* [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=18&GScnty=966&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.ksgenweb.org/rush/index.html KSGenWeb]
 
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rush.html Tombstone Project]
 
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kansas/rush.html Tombstone Project]
 
* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=83 Kansas Gravestones]
 
* [http://kansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=83 Kansas Gravestones]
* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Rush%20County%2C%20Kansas%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ks/index.htm KS Interment]
 
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| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
 
| width="23%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" valign="top" |
 
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=966 Findagrave.com]
 
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=966 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kansas&county=Rush&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Kansas&cemetery_county=Rush&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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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4991&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=23&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Rush County by EPodunk]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kansas Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_County,_Kansas#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |5490
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|1890 |5204
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|1900 |6134
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|1910 |7826
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|1920 |8360
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|1930 |9093
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|1940 |8285
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|1950 |7231
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|1960 |6160
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|1970 |5117  
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|1980 |4516
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|1990 |3842
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|2000 |3551
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|2010 |3307
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{{KS Census Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Census Intro|Rush}}
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==== State and Territorial Census Records ====
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*'''1855-1925''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1088 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images; covers census years '''1855-1859, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925'''
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*'''1860''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7667 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Kansas Territory] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — ($), Index and images
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1824715|Kansas State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1875''' - {{RecordSearch|1825178|Kansas State Census, 1875}} 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
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*'''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
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*'''1919-1961''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2270 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — Partial index (4 counties) and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2659395|Kansas State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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The 1870 Census was the first Federal Census taken for Kansas after it became a state in 1861.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 119.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Kansas Census]].<br>
  
 
=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{KS Church Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Church Intro|Rush}}
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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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=== Land and Property Records ===
 
=== Land and Property Records ===
 
{{KS Land Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Land Intro|Rush}}
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''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>
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:*[http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209383 1901 Land Plat book for Rush 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>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1863-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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For more information see [[Kansas Land and Property]]<br>
  
 
=== Local Histories ===
 
=== Local Histories ===
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{{KS History Intro}}
 
{{KS History Intro}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush counties, Kansas.''  1926.  N.p.: n.p.  Online at: {{FSbook|1220972}}, [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100947454 Hathitrust], [http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/ethnic/german-russian/jubilee/index.html KSGenWeb]; {{WorldCat|865608267|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
{{KS Maps Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Maps Intro|Rush}}
[[Image:Ksrush.jpg|500px|Ksrush.jpg]]
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{{KS Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KS Rush County}}}}
  
 
=== Migration ===
 
=== Migration ===
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*Rush County was organized after the Civil War.
 
*Rush County was organized after the Civil War.
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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|Rush}}
 
{{KS Naturalization Intro|Rush}}
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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 ===
 
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Newspapers Intro|Rush}}
 
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''Kansas Newspapers Online''<br>
{{KS Newspaper abstracts|Rush}}
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*[https://www.newspapers.com/ Kansas Newspapers at Newspapers.com] - ($), [http://www.kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify free to Kansas residents] through [http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-digital-newspaper-program/16126 Kansas Historical Society]
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/kansas GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/kansas/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Kansas newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/?state=Kansas&ethnicity=&language= Chronicling America] - contains images of some Kansas newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Kansas Newspaper Catalogs''
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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
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
 
=== Obituaries ===
 
=== Obituaries ===
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=== Other Records ===
 
=== Other Records ===
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Rush}}
 
{{KS Other Records Intro|Rush}}
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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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'''Online Records
 
'''Online Records
  
*'''1803 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9065 Kansas Wills and Probate Records 1803-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''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 ===
 
=== School Records ===
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==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{KS Vital Records - Birth Intro|Rush}}
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{{KS Birth Intro|Rush}}
  
 
*'''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 ====
 
==== Marriage ====
{{KS Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Rush}}
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{{KS Marriage Intro|Rush}}
  
*'''1811 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://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] — ($), Index and images
*'''1840 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674845|Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2381595|Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — Index
*'''1855 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|1851040|Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1811 - 1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61371 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), 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|Rush}}
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{{KS Death Intro|Rush}}
  
 
*'''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|Rush}}
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{{KS Divorce Intro|Rush}}
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==

Revision as of 12:05, 4 February 2020

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

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

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Alexander Rush. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rush County Courthouse
715 Elm Street
La Crosse, Kansas 67548-0220
Phone: 785.222.2731
Rush County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and burial records.
Probate Judge has marriage records from 1876, probate and court records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Rush 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
1895 1876 1886 1875 1874 1874 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
Townships
  • Alexander-Belle Prairie
  • Banner
  • Big Timber
  • Center
  • Garfield
  • Hampton-Fairview
  • Illinois
  • La Crosse-Brookdale
  • Lone Star
  • Pioneer
  • Pleasantdale
  • Union


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 Rush 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 5,490
1890 5,204 −5.2%
1900 6,134 17.9%
1910 7,826 27.6%
1920 8,360 6.8%
1930 9,093 8.8%
1940 8,285 −8.9%
1950 7,231 −12.7%
1960 6,160 −14.8%
1970 5,117 −16.9%
1980 4,516 −11.7%
1990 3,842 −14.9%
2000 3,551 −7.6%
2010 3,307 −6.9%
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.[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]

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 Rush 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]

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


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • Rush County was organized after the Civil War.

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

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

Collections Covering Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see Kansas Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Kansas Newspapers.

Kansas Newspapers Online

Kansas Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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, Rush 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]

Rush County Historical Society
202 West 1st, Box 473
La Crosse 67548
Website

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, "Rush, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_County,_Kansas" 9/11/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rush County, Kansas page 255, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rush County, Kansas. Page 255 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 237.
  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, "Rush County, Kansas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_County,_Kansas#Communities, accessed 30 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.