Ellsworth County, KS Genealogy Research Resources

genealogy researchI have been scouring the web for all things Ellsworth County, Kansas, especially for genealogy information that may be posted somewhere. I have not found a huge amount of anything, but I have found a few items. So, here is my list of Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy Research Links.

Ellsworth County, Kansas History

Here is a nice article on the history of Ellsworth. Interestingly enough, it is on a message board website called PA Roots. It includes message board on a variety of states, including Kansas. It is not very active, however. The articles on the site are transcribed from William G. Cutler’s book A History of Kansas, published in 1883.

The Kansas Historical Society has a great bibliography if you want to take the time to find and read some books on Ellsworth County. I have not had the ability to get a hold of these books, but when I return to Kansas, I hope to find some of them.

Here is a bit of information from the Blue Skyways’ Kansas website. It isn’t much, but it does provide a bit of this and that. The information on the Ellsworth Historical Society is helpful if you are planning a visit to Ellsworth.

And, even the Drover’s Mercantile has a page on Ellsworth history!

Ellsworth County, Kansas Genealogy Research

Blue Skyways’ Ellsworth County Genealogy from the GenWeb Project has a page full of links to miscellaneous genealogy information and records.

The 1940 U.S. Census is available for free online. This can be accessed in different places. Family Search, the website for the Church of the Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) has a free lookup for many census records from 1790 to 1940. You can also look up the 1940 Census on the National Archives’ website.

The Kansas Historical Society (KHS) has several plat books online, which show ownership of land. This one is from 1901 and this one is from 1918. I found it interesting that the farm of my great-grandparents was listed under my great-grandmother’s name rather than her husband’s name.

The Kansas Historical Society has part of its collection digitized, so all the items that are available online relating to Ellsworth County can be be accessed through this page. KHS has a main genealogy page, as well.

A group called The Kansas Heritage Group has a page of resources on their website, as well. It is not too bad, but I sure could do with out the chicken jayhawk decoration! Always the Wildcat! :)

There are many more genealogy resources for Kansas, I am sure. This is just a starting point. If you know of any good resources, especially for Kansas and Ellsworth County, please share them in the comments!

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2 Responses to Ellsworth County, KS Genealogy Research Resources

  1. Jackie Corrigan says:

    Hi Peggy,
    My husband has grand uncles and aunts who settled in Ellsworth, Kansas. I had great results on this website Smoky Valley Genealogical Society http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kssvgs/
    I was able to obtain a marriage record and obituaries through their reference service. If you come across any Corrigan or Phelan families in your tree let me know.

    Good luck with your research!

    • Peggy says:

      Thanks for sharing this. I have looked quickly at Smokey Valley Genealogical Society’s website, but now I need to take another better look! I’ll let you know if I run into any Corrigans or Phelans.

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