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Kansas Co. Map Geary County was originally named "Davis County" in 1855, after then Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis. (For extensive biography and genealogy, see The Papers of Jefferson Davis) After the Civil War, citizens of Davis County complained about living in a county named for the President of the Confederate States of America.

Finally in 1889, the county's name was changed to honor John W. Geary, Governor of Kansas Territory (1856). He was also Mayor of San Francisco (1850), General, U. S. Army (1861-1865), and Governor of Pennsylvania (1867-1873).

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(Jefferson Davis) (John W. Geary)

Welcome to Junction City Junction City, the county seat, had four names before coming to the name of Junction City. On February 9, 1859, in a special act, the Kansas Territorial Legislature incorporated the town of Junction City. Recommended reading: "An Early History of Junction City", by John B. Jeffries, 1963, Masters Thesis, Kansas State University.

Fort Riley (U. S. Army) - (Highway Marker) - In an 1843 expedition, Capt. John C. Fremont, "The Pathfinder," camped at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers. He reported great numbers of elk, antelope and Indians. Most of the Indian tribes were friendly at the time, because settlers had not yet moved into the area.

Within a few years, however, the "Great migration" along the Oregon Trail and trade along the Santa Fe Trail brought thousands of pioneers through the "Indian Territory", as Kansas was known back then.

Indian war parties began raiding wagon trains as they traveled through the bluffs of eastern Kansas. It became evident that military protection was needed for those pioneers. Thus began the chain of events leading to the founding of Fort Riley in 1852. At the time it was named Fort Center - because it was believed to be the geographical center of the country. In 1853 the post was renamed after Major General Bennett Riley.

Fort Riley stood as the major horse cavalry training school in our country and boasted a position as one of the best cavalry training schools in the world. The famous 7th Cavalry was put through harsh and difficult training before leaving for campaigns against Indians. From the gates of Fort Riley, the cavalry rode to such famous campaigns as: Beecher's Island, the Washita River Fight, and Battle of the Little Big Horn.

You can read about the Buffalo Soldiers in the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments stationed at Ft. Riley.

County Maps


Geary County Cemeteries


Kansas Pioneers Project

A list of settlers posted by others doing genealogical and historical research

Kansas Surname List

Who is researching your names in Geary County?

Geary County Lookups

Local Volunteers

Geary County Queries

Kansas Genealogy Query Board
Queries before 20 September 1999

USGenWeb Project Archives

Davis County
Statewide, Kansas

USGenWeb Project Archives

Geary County (not yet available)
Kansas Obituaries

Davis County History

Cutler's 1883
History of the State of Kansas,
Davis County (now Geary County)

Geary County History

Blackmar's 1912
Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history ..
Geary County   Junction City   Fort Riley

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Geary County Historical Museum
(A great source of old records: newspapers, cemetery indeces, photos, etc.
And a nice friendly staff!)
Geary County Courthouse
139 East 8th Street
Junction City, KS 66441
Telephone: 785-238-3912

(Land records are in annex building across the street from courthouse, to the south. Register of Deeds office: 785-238-5531)

Geary County Links

The Kansas State Library's profile of Geary County

The Political Graveyard for Geary County

Local History and Attractions

More Junction City History and Information

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library - Junction City

Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau

A History of Geary County Schools

Geary County Place Names - USGS Geographic Names Information System

Sites On the Web Relating to Geary County Genealogy (Lycos)

Geary County Statistics - U. S. Census Bureau

Geary County Materials - Kansas State Historical Society

Kansas Vital Records

Books of The Kansas Collection

Local Contributions

Recollections of an Early Day, by S. H. HERRICK, submitted by his g-g-granddaughter, Mary Goad

Other Kansas Genealogy Links Found On The Web

Counties adjacent to Geary County:
Riley   Wabaunsee   Morris   Dickinson   Clay

Riley County Genealogical Society

State of Kansas Page

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US Genealogy Links

National Genealogical Society's "Getting Started"

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My name is John Matthews and I maintain the Geary County, Kansas page. While I live in Minnesota, I have roots in the county. My great-great-grandfather, James Franklin Ayars, moved to Junction City after serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. He then married Catherine Mitchell, whose family had moved to Kansas in 1854, and whose father, Henry Mitchell, owned several mills, one on Clark's Creek. His daughters, including my great-grandmother, Dollie Ayars, were born in Junction City. He and a partner opened the Bowers & Ayars drugstore in 1882, and later the family moved to Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

Tom & Carolyn Ward are the coordinators of the KSGenWeb page. Contact the volunteer shown on the KSGenWeb page if you have a desire to add your data to an existing county page.

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