This page will give those of you
researching in Mitchell County some hints and resources that may make your job a
little easier. Please note that I do not live in Kansas and cannot do any
research for you.
BIRTH / DEATH RECORDS
MARRIAGE / DIVORCE RECORDS
requirements for recording births and deaths began in 1911. A few counties
began keeping records of births and deaths in 1885. No birth and death records
exist prior to 1885. You might get lucky with a notice of birth or obituary in
the newspaper, but not everyone got mentioned in earlier newspapers. The Port
Library (Beloit City Public Library) has a number of Beloit birth and death
records that have not been microfilmed yet. They begin 11/1891 thru 7/1911 for
births and 6/1891 thru 7/1911 for deaths.You can write them or use the North
Central Kansas Genealogical Society for lookups.
clerks and clerks of probate courts have records since creation of each county.
The state has kept them as well since July 1913. The Port Library has
unmicrofilmed Beloit marriage records from 4/1891 thru 12/1899. Contact them for
records have been recorded by the county's probate clerk. These records include
wills, inventories, bonds, appraisements, court orders, final settlements as
well as others.
records include criminal and civil cases.
records for Kansas include Federal censuses from 1860 through 2000 (1930 and up
are still private), territorial censuses from 1855 through 1858, and state
censuses 1865 through 1925. These are available on microfilm through your local
public library or Family History Library.
records may be available through the local churches in Beloit or from their
central repositories. You should contact the local branch for information.
LAND / PROPERTY RECORDS
Kansas was homesteaded after the U.S. acquired the area. The first general land
office in Kansas was established at Lecompton in 1856. To locate the land entry
or homestead case file for an ancestor, first check with the county recorder of
deeds. The National Archives has the original tract books, plats, homestead
entry files, and cash entry files which you can then obtain copies of.
Kansans served in the military and their records can be found through the
Federal Archives and other federal and state archives. A unique listing of
Volunteers for the Kansas State Guard during WWI is available by clicking
KANSAS ORPHAN TRAINS
can be an invaluable resource tool, especially in small towns! Look for local
"reporters" who will write up what their neighbors were up to, including trips
out of town to visit relatives, dinner parties with guest lists, who is seeing
who! You can really get a feel about what life for an ancestor was like by
exploring this resource. Do expect to spend a lot of time reading! For a list of
newspapers in Mitchell County, click
You can order microfilm through your local public library or Family History
Trains brought many children from New York to Kansas between 1867 and 1930. If
you think an ancestor could have been on one, check out this on-line history by
For an except of one train's payload of children
in 1886 Cawker City, click
Your first goal should be to
secure what is referred to as primary documentation: birth/baptismal, death, and
marriage certificates. For the earlier years, these may not be available
and you will need to search for information in censuses (both Federal and
State), tax, and lands records.
TWO RESEARCH OPTIONS
There are two organizations in Mitchell County
which will do research. The first is the Mitchell County Historical Society. To
contact them, visit their website by
The second option is to contact the
North Central Kansas Genealogical Society and use the resources that they have
available. They are located upstairs in the Cawker City Public Library. To
reach them, write to:
North Central Kansas
PO Box 251
Cawker City, KS 67430
They are an all-volunteer organization with
considerable Mitchell County resources. Among their holdings are:
- City Directories
- Church Histories
- Family Histories
- Tax Rolls
- Marriage Indexes
- Probate Records
- and many more