Douglas County Kansas genealogy resources

Douglas County Kansas

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Douglas County KS ancestors

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Welcome to Douglas County KSGenWeb!  We offer free genealogy resources to help you find your ancestors.  As you research your family history we hope our site helps you fill in branches of your family tree!  We also accept your research and post it here on these pages for other genealogists to utilize.  Please email me your biographies, family histories and more!   We are always looking for volunteers to manage our county pages, do lookups at libraries and courthouses, transcribe cemeteries and more!  Feel free to contact me to sign up!  Rebecca Maloney  

 I  received a generous donation of genealogy books about Douglas County KS from Joe Curtiss!  There is a wide variety and I am willing to look up information for you in any of these: 1875 Douglas County KS Census, Douglas County KS Marriages 1854-1884, A Souvenir History of Lawrence KS 1898, Tombstone Inscriptions Weld County CO Volume I, Tombstone Inscriptions Weld County CO Volume II, Rural Schools and Schoolhouses of Douglas County Kansas and more!

 Located in northeast Kansas, Douglas County was one of the original 33 counties created by the First Territorial Legislature in July, 1855. The county was named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas, a United States Senator from Illinois who had supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854.

Before the area was opened to white settlement on May 15, 1854, the region was held by the Shawnee Indians as part of their reservation under a treaty that had been made in 1825. This treaty allotted the Shawnee some 200,000 acres, most in adjacent Johnson County, but, also embraced much of the land in Eudora Township, in the northeastern part of Douglas County. As soon as the territory was thrown open to settlement, "squatters" ignored the treaty with the Shawnee, arriving from Missouri and other states to secure claims, as the region had been long known as a desirable location.

Temporary  Coordinator:  Rebecca Maloney

State Coordinators:  Tom & Carolyn Ward

National Coordinator:   Linda K Lewis


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Vital Records

Douglas County Courthouse
1100  Mass. St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Probate Judge and Clerk of the District court are in the Judicial and law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11 th  Street Lawrence, KS 66044

County Clerk has land records. 785-832-5147             Probate Judge has marriage records before 1913, wills, probate records and Civil Court records.785-832-5251

Records Division of the Clerk of the District Court's Office is  785-832-5141

Divorces before 1951 are in the office of the Clerk of the District Court.  785-832-5141              Many of the original records have been transferred to Spencer Library at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Birth and death records since July 1911, marriages since May 1913, and divorces since July 1951 are found at the
KS Dept. of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
Located in: Charles Curtis State Office Building
Address: 1000 SW Jackson St # 120, Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-1400












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douglas county ks family history

Douglas County KS genealogy resources

Douglas County Kansas family history