Ellis County Genealogical & Historical Information
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Ellis County, Kansas consists of a thirty mile square of western Kansas. Founded in 1867 when the Kansas Legislature divided the unorganized territory (that part of Kansas which was west of the Sixth Principal Meridian), into sixty-two counties. The county is named for Lieutenant George Ellis, of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry, who fought Quantrill's raiders in 1863 at Lawrence, Kansas and who was killed April 30, 1864, during the Civil War in a battle at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas.
An excellent guide to the early history of Kansas and of Ellis County is the 1883 edition of William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas. Be aware that Cutler incorrectly described three of the five Russian settlements in Ellis County during 1885-1887. Munjor is named Catharine, Catharine is named Schoenchen, and Schoenchen is named Munjor.
The Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau has a nice webpage with some history of Hays.
EllisCtyKSGenWeb@cox.net (I live 185 miles from Ellis County so I
can't do any onsite research for you)
Section of an 1895 map of Kansas
|A map of Ellis County which I have drawn with various cities and locations indicated.
|Sometimes you can use an oil map to pinpoint locations within a county
|Genealogical queries for Ellis County, Kansas
|Ellis County, Kansas Surname List
|Ellis County Cemeteries
|Books and Maps, etc.
|Links to books and maps, some
with volunteers who will perform lookup requests
|An assortment of books, pictures, maps, cemetery listings, etc. about Ellis County
|An assortment of links to
Ellis County genealogical information
|Located 7 miles South East of Hays
|Settled by a group from Katherininstadt, Russia
|Located in South West Ellis County, site of 1890's gold rush
|Located in the South East part of Ellis County
|Boyhood home of Walter P. Chrysler.
|Located 5 miles North East of Catharine, near Sacred Heart Cemetery
|Ellis County seat, Famous Kansas Cow Town, Home to Fort Hays State University
|Settled by Volga Germans in April of 1876. Located half mile north of Victoria.
|Located five miles South East of Ellis
|Located ten miles Northwest of Hays
|Located in North Central Ellis County on the Saline River
|Located in the North West corner of the county on the Saline River. Mendota means "the place of meeting."
|Settled by groups from Obermunjor and Wittman, Russia
|Later named Emmeram.
|Located in South Central Ellis County on the Smoky Hill River
|Settled by a group from Kamenka, Russia
|Predecessor of Hays, founded by Col. W. F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody
|Settled by families from Obermunjor and Schoenchen, Russia
|Named after Catharine parish Reverand Father Severin
|Smoky Hill City (coming)
|Now extinct, Smoky Hill City
was a former gold rush townsite.
|Located in South Western Ellis County on the Smoky Hill River
|Located 5 miles East and 1 mile South of Hays
|Located in the North East corner of Ellis County on the Saline River
|Home to the Cathedral of the Plains
|Located in the Southeast corner of Ellis County
|Located 14 miles East of Hays
|Midway between Hays and Ellis, Cement Mill built in 1907-1908
|Pleasant Hill Township
|Settled by a group from Luxembourg
|North Central Ellis Co
|Settled by a group of English cattlemen
|Fort which later became Fort Hays, located 14 miles southeast of Hays
|Quartermaster depot which supplied forts throughout the West
|Walker Air Base
|Former Air base used during World War Two
|Ellis County, Kansas Discussion List
|Kansas Census Records
|Online Census Finder Kansas
|City Directories in Kansas
|From the City Directories of the United States Project.
|Vital records information may be obtained from the Ellis County Clerk, 1204 Fort Street, Hays, KS 67601-3831. Vital records information for all Kansas Counties can be obtained from http://www.vitalrec.com/ks.html
|Ellis Public Library, 911 Washington, P. O. Box 107, Ellis, KS 67637
Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS
|Hays Public Library, 1205 Main, Hays, KS 67601-3693 (The Kansas Room has genealogical information)
|Ellis Railroad Museum, 911 Washington, Ellis, KS 67637
|Walter Chrysler Home & Museum, Tenth & Washington, Ellis, KS 67637
|Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th, Hays, KS
|Fort Hays Historic Site, 1272 Alternate Hwy 183, Hays, KS
|Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, KS 67601
|Hays Daily News
|American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
|In 1886, the first Bukovina Germans arrived in Ellis, Kansas. Learn more about their history from the Bukovina Society of the Americas based in Ellis County.
|Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
|From Far Away Russia, Russian-Germans in Kansas, from the Kansas State Historical Society
|Germans from Russia Heritage Society
|The Russian Archives
The U. S. Geological Survey supplies Ellis County information of interest to genealogists such as the list of populated places and a list of cemeteries. Kansas on the Net from Kansas University supplies some generic information about Ellis County.