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Records from Osage County

Creator: Osage County (Kan.)

Date: 1858 - 1954

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 217227

Abstract: The majority of the records the State Archives holds from Osage County come from the probate and district courts. These records are concerned with marriages and divorces, estate administration and guardianship cases, and naturalization of individuals as United States citizens. Other records from this county include deeds, mortgages, and other related records from the Register of Deeds; school censuses, registers, and related records from the County Superintendent of Public Instruction; and some records from Agency, Elk and Ridgeway Townships. The bulk of the records cover the last quarter of the nineteenth and first quarter of the twentieth centuries, and most of the records from Osage County are on microfilm.

Space Required/Quantity: Microfilm + circa .5 cubic feet.

Title (Main title): Records from Osage County

Administrative History

Administrative History: Osage County, directly south of Shawnee County in eastern Kansas, started as Weller County. It was organized in 1855 by the first territorial legislature and named for Congressman John B. Weller of Ohio, who was later governor of California. The county was renamed in 1859 for the Osage river, which flows through it, and the river was named for the Native American tribe. Much of the present-day county at that time consisted of land still belonging to the Fox and Sac Native American tribes.

The Santa Fe Trail traverses Osage County, and coal was discovered near Carbondale in 1860, influencing the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad through the county.

The county seat for Osage is Lyndon, though Osage City is the only city in the county to be incorporated separately from a township. Townships include Agency, Arvonia, Barclay, Burlingame, Dragoon, Elk, Fairfax, Grant, Junction, Lincoln, Melvern, Olivet, Ridgeway, Scranton, Superior, and Valley Brook.

[Kansas State Historical Society. "Kansas Counties -- Osage County, Kansas." http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/places/counties.php?county=OS (accessed 8 July 2009).]

[Osage County. "Historic Osage County." http://www.osageco.org/MV2Base.asp?VarCN=18 (accessed 8 July 2009).]


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Index Terms


    Kansas. District Court (4th Judicial District) -- Records and correspondence
    Osage County (Kan.) -- Genealogy
    Osage County (Kan.) -- History
    Marriage and divorce records
    Administration of estates -- Kansas -- Osage County
    Deeds -- Kansas -- Osage County
    District courts -- Kansas -- Osage County
    Guardian and ward -- Kansas -- Osage County
    Marriage records -- Kansas -- Osage County
    Probate courts -- Kansas -- Osage County
    School census -- Kansas -- Osage County

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Local Government Agencies. Osage County.