Riley County, Kansas Genealogy Guide

Riley County, Kansas (Map It) was created on August 25, 1855 as one of the original 36 counties. The county was named in honor of Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Riley (1787-1853), who commanded the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail in 1829.. Learn More About State of Kansas History.

Riley County is bordered by Ellsworth County (north), McPherson County (east), Reno County (south), Stafford County (southwest), Barton County (northwest).

Riley County Cities and Towns include Manhattan, Ogden, Riley, Leonardville, Randolph.

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

Riley County, Kansas Courthouse Records

Riley County, Kansas Courthouse
Riley County, KS Courthouse

The Riley County Courthouse is located in Manhattan, Kansas. Records incomplete. Extant for 1885—86 and 1892—1909 only. Records for 1892—1909 at KSHS. 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 Riley 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.

  • Riley County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1885-86; 1892-1909, Marriage Records from 1856 and Death Records from 1885-86; 1892-1909. 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.
  • Riley County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1855. 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.
  • Riley County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1855 and Court Records from 1859. 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.
  • Riley 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.

Riley County, Kansas Census Records

Riley County, Kansas Vital Records

Riley County, Kansas Resources

Riley County, Kansas External Links