Lyon County, Kansas Genealogy Guide

Lyon County, Kansas (Map It) was created on August 25, 1855 as one of the original 36 counties. Originally called Breckinridge County and named for John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875), congressman from Kentucky and subsequently vice-president of the United States under James Buchanan from 1857 to 1861. The County's name changed to Lyon County, on February 05, 1862, In honor of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861), who became the first Union general to die in battle in the Civil War when he was killed in action at Wilson's Creek, Missouri, on 10 Aug 1861. Learn More About State of Kansas History.

Lyon County is bordered by Wabaunsee County (north), Osage County (northeast), Coffey County (southeast), Greenwood County (south), Chase County (west), Morris County (northwest).

Lyon County Cities and Towns include Emporia, Americus, Olpe, Hartford, Neosho Rapids, Reading, Allen, Admire, Bushong.

A Map of Lyon County, Kansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Lyon County, Kansas Courthouse Records

Lyon County, Kansas Courthouse
Lyon County, KS Courthouse

The Lyon County Courthouse is located in Emporia, Kansas. Learn More About State of Kansas Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lyon county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Lyon County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1886-1911, Marriage Records from 1856 and Death Records from 1886-1911. The Register of Deeds shall have custody of and safely keep and preserve all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as are required by law.
  • Lyon County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1859. The Register of Deeds shall have custody of and safely keep and preserve all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as are required by law.
  • Lyon County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1859 and Court Records from 1858. The Clerk of Court is part of the Judicial Branch of local government and as such is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
  • Lyon County Treasurers Office by Kansas State law is responsible for the tax billing, collection and distribution of tax money for the State, County, Cities and all other taxing entities that levy Ad Valorem and/or special assessment taxes. For the most part, tax records remain at the local level. Assessment and tax rolls are kept, permanently, by the County Treasurer's office.

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Lyon County, Kansas Vital Records

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