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Sedgwick County, Kansas (Map It) was created on February 26, 1867 from Butler County and unorganized area. The county was named in honor of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick (1813-1864). A career soldier, Sedgwick fought in the Seminole and Mexican Wars and served in territorial Kansas, on the Mormon Expedition, and in several frontier Indian campaigns. While commanding 6th Corps in the Army of the Potomac, he was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter at Spotsylvania on 9 May 1864, shortly after assuring his troops that the rebels "couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Learn More About State of Kansas History.
Sedgwick County Cities and Towns include Wichita, Derby, Haysville, Park City, Bel Aire, Mulvane, Valley Center, Goddard, Clearwater, Maize, Cheney, Sedgwick, Colwich, Kechi, Mount Hope, Garden Plain, Eastborough, Andale, Bentley, Viola.
A Map of Sedgwick County, Kansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Sedgwick County, Kansas Courthouse Records
Sedgwick County, KS Courthouse
The Sedgwick County Courthouse is located in Wichita, Kansas. Birth records extant for 1884—89 and 1908—11 only. Death records extant for 1884—87 and 1908—11 only. Death records for 1908—11 at Wichita Historical Office. 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 Sedgwick 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.
- Sedgwick County Clerks Office has Birth Records from 1884-89; 1908-11, Marriage Records from 18? and Death Records from 1884-87; 1908-11. 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.
- Sedgwick County Register of Deeds Office has Land Records from 1870. 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.
- Sedgwick County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1870 and Court Records from 1870. 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.
- Sedgwick 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.
Sedgwick County, Kansas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Kansas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: 1855, Census Collection, 1855-1925, 1919-1961
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Sedgwick County, Kansas Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Kansas Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from July 1, 1911 to present
- Marriage Records: from May 1, 1913 to present.
- Divorce Records: from July 1, 1951 to present.
- Locations: Kansas Office of Vital Statistics, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 S W Jackson, Suite 120, Topeka, KS 66612-2221; (785) 296-3253
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Sedgwick County, Kansas Resources
- State of Kansas Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Kansas
- Wichita/ Sedgwick County Historical Society
- Wichita Genealogical Society
- Wichita County Historical Society
- Midwest Historical-Genealogical Society
- Americal Historical Society of Germans from Russia - Northeastern Kansas Chapter
- Search for Sedgwick Co. records at the Kansas State Archives
- Sedgwick County, Kansas Message Boards
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