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Kansas 1885 State Census

Kansas 1885 census pageThe Kansas State Board of Agriculture conducted a census of the state in 1885.

Contents of 1885 state census
Indexes to 1885 state census
Microfilm of census schedules

Information Contained in the Census

The 1885 census lists all members of household by name, including age, sex, race or color, and state or country of birth. Also listed: where from to Kansas (state or country) and military record (condition of discharge, state of enlistment, letter or name of company or command, number of regiment or other organization to which attached, arm of the service, and name of military prison if confined in one).

Indexes Available

Indexes on Microfilm

The microfilm index circulates through interlibrary loan. Please list the year and reel number when placing an interlibrary loan request.

City of Topeka [Shawnee County]

  • KS-1 Abarr, Mary - Collisi, Wm.
  • KS-2 Collissi, Anna - Guy, John M.
  • KS-3 Gray, Jane - Knox, H.W.
  • KS-4 Knox, J.T. - Nuthall, William
  • KS-5 Nuzum, James - Small, W.B.
  • KS-6 Smart, Alice - Wilson, Amanda
  • KS-7 Wilson, Andrew - Zufelt, Charles W.

Online

Printed Indexes

Available in the Historical Society's reference room.

  • Crawford County (call no. K 929.4 -C85 1885)
  • Dickinson County (call no. K 929.4 -D56 1885)
  • Jefferson County (call no. K 929.4 -J35 1885)
  • Leavenworth County (call no. K 929.4 -L48 1885)
  • Montgomery County, Cherry Township (call no. K 929.4 -M76 1870-1900)
  • Montgomery County, W. Cherry Township (call no. K 929.4 -M76 1880-1900)
  • Riley County (call no. K 929.4 -R45 1885)
  • Wilson County (call no. K 929.4 -W69 1885)

Census Microfilm

The 1885 state census circulates through interlibrary loan from KSHS. Please indicate year and reel number when requesting microfilm.

  • K-1 Allen County [Humboldt city; Humboldt Twp.; Iola city; & Iola Twp.]
  • K-2 Allen County [Twps. A-F; & J-Z]
  • K-3 Anderson County [Garnett; Greeley; and Twps. A-Re]
  • K-4 Anderson County [Twps. Ri-Z] and Atchison city [wards 1 & 2]
  • K-5 Atchison County city of Atchison [wards 3-5]
  • K-6 Atchison County [Muscotah; & Twps. A-R]
  • K-7 Atchison [Twps. S-Z] and Barber Counties
  • K-8 Barton County [Ellinwood; Great Bend; & Twps. A-K]
  • K-9 Barton County [Twps. L-Z] and Fort Scott [Bourbon Co.]
  • K-10 Bourbon County [Twps. A-N]
  • K-11 Bourbon County [Twps. O-Z] and Hiawatha [Brown Co.]
  • K-12 Brown County [Twps. A-O]
  • K-13 Brown County [Twps. P-Z]
  • K-14 Butler County [Augusta; Douglas; El Dorado & Twps. A-C]
  • K-15 Butler County [Twps. D-Q]
  • K-16 Butler [Twps. R-Z] and Chase [Cottonswood Falls; Strong City; & Twps. A-C] Counties
  • K-17 Chase [Twps. D-Z] and Chautauqua [Twps. A-Ha] Counties
  • K-18 Chautauqua County [Twps. He-Z; & Sedan]
  • K-19 Cherokee County [Baxter Springs; Columbus; Empire City; Galena; & Twps. A-K]
  • K-20 Cherokee County [Twps. L-R]
  • K-21 Cherokee County [Twps. S-Z]
  • K-110 Cheyenne County
  • K-21 Clay Center [Clay Co.]
  • K-22 Clay County [Twps. A-L]
  • K-23 Clay County [Twps. M-Z]; and Cloud County cities of Clyde and Concordia
  • K-24 Cloud County [Twps. A-R]
  • K-25 Cloud County [Twps. S-Z] and Burlington & LeRoy [Coffey County]
  • K-26 Coffey County [Twps. A-O]
  • K-27 Coffey County [Twps. P-Z] and Arkansas City [Cowley Co.]
  • K-28 Cowley County [Winfield; & Twps. A-G]
  • K-29 Cowley County [Twps. H-P]
  • K-30 Cowley County [Twps. R-S]
  • K-31 Cowley County [Twps. T-W]; Girard & Pittsburg [Crawford Co.]
  • K-32 Crawford County [Twps. A-M]
  • K-33 Crawford County [Twps. N-Z]
  • K-34 Davis County
  • K-35 Decatur County, and the Dickinson County cities of Abilene; Enterprise & Solomon
  • K-36 Dickinson County [Twps. A-I]
  • K-37 Dickinson County [Twps. J-Z]
  • K-38 Doniphan County [Troy; Elwood; Wathena; White Cloud; and Twps. A-M]
  • K-39 Doniphan County [Twps. N-Z]
  • K-40 Douglas County cities of Lawrence, Baldwin , & Eudora
  • K-41 Douglas County [Twps. A-V]
  • K-42 Douglas [Twps. W-Z] and Edwards Counties
  • K-43 Elk County [Elk Falls; Grenola; Howard; Longton; & Twps. A-O]
  • K-44 Elk [Twps. P-Z] and Ellis Counties
  • K-45 Ellsworth County
  • K-46 Finney and Ford [Dodge City & Dodge Twp.] Counties
  • K-47 Ford County [Twps. A-Z, except Dodge Twp.] and Ottawa, wards 1-2 [Franklin Co.]
  • K-48 Franklin County [Ottawa, wards 3-4; Pomona; Wellsville & Twps. A-E]
  • K-49 Franklin County [Twps. F-Os]
  • K-50 Franklin County [Twps. Ot-Z]
  • K-51 Graham County; Eureka and Severy [Greenwood Co.]
  • K-52 Greenwood County [Twps. A-Sals]
  • K-53 Greenwood County [Twps. Salt-Z]; Anthony and Harper [Harper Co.]
  • K-54 Harper County [Twps. A-Z]
  • K-55 Newton [Harvey Co.]
  • K-56 Harvey County [Burton; Halstead; Sedgwick; Walton; & Twps. A-K]
  • K-57 Harvey County [Twps. L-Z]
  • K-58 Hodgeman and Jackson [Holton; Netawaka; Whiting; & Twps. A-E] Counties
  • K-59 Jackson County [Twps. F-Z]
  • K-60 Jefferson County [Meriden; Nortonville; Oskaloosa; Perry; Valley Falls; & Twps. A-J]
  • K-61 Jefferson County [Twps. K-Z]
  • K-62 Jewell County [Burr Oak; Jewell City; Mankato; & Twps. A-I, except Highland & Holmwood Twps.]
  • K-63 Jewell County [Highland Twp., Holmwood Twp. & Twps. J-Z]
  • K-64 Johnson County [DeSoto; Edgerton; Olathe; Spring Hill; & Twps. A-N]
  • K-65 Johnson [Twps. O-Z] and Kingman [Twps. A-Et] Counties
  • K-66 Kingman County [Twps. Eu-Z]
  • K-67 Oswego & Parsons [Labette County]
  • K-68 Labette County [Chetopa; & Twps. A-L]
  • K-69 Labette County [Twps. M-Ni]
  • K-70 Labette County [Twps. No-Z]
  • K-98 Lane County
  • K-71 Leavenworth, wards 1-2 [Leavenworth Co.]
  • K-72 Leavenworth, ward 3 [Leavenworth Co.]
  • K-73 Leavenworth County [Leavenworth, ward 4; Tonganoxie; & Twps. A-E]
  • K-74 Leavenworth County [Twps. F-Z]
  • K-75 Lincoln County
  • K-76 Linn County [Centerville & Potosi Twps.; LaCygne; Mound; & Pleasanton]
  • K-77 Linn County [Twps. A-O, except Centerville Twp.]
  • K-78 Linn County [Twps. P-Z, except Potosi Twp.] and Emporia, wards 1-2 [Lyon Co.]
  • K-79 Lyon County [Emporia, wards 3-4; Americus; Hartford; & Twps. A-D]
  • K-80 Lyon County [Twps. E-Z]
  • K-81 McPherson County [Canton; Lindsborg; McPherson; & Twps. A-I]
  • K-82 McPherson County [Twps. J-Z]
  • K-83 Marion County [Florence; Hillsboro; Lehigh; Marion; Peabody; & Twps. A-D]
  • K-84 Marion County [Twps. E-Z]
  • K-85 Marshall County [Axtell; Beattie; Blue Rapids; Frankfort; Irving; Marysville; Waterville; & Twps. A-L]
  • K-86 Marshall County [Twps. M-Z]
  • K-87 Miami County [Louisburg; Osawatomie; Paola; & Twps. A-N]
  • K-88 Miami County [Twps. O-Z]
  • K-89 Mitchell County [Beloit; Cawker City; & Twps. A-O]
  • K-90 Mitchell County [Twps. P-Z] and the Montgomery County cities of Cherryvale, Coffeyville, & Elk City
  • K-91 Montgomery County [Twps. A-K & Independence]
  • K-92 Montgomery County [Twps. L-Z]
  • K-93 Morris County
  • K-94 Nemaha County [Centralia; Corning City; Sabetha; Seneca; Wetmore; & Twps. A-Ha]
  • K-95 Nemaha County [Twps. He-Z]
  • K-96 Neosho County [Chanute; Erie; Osage Mission, Thayer City; & Twps. A-D]
  • K-97 Neosho County [Twps. E-Z]
  • K-98 Ness and Norton [Twps. A-K] Counties
  • K-99 Norton County [Twps. L-Z]; and Osage City [Osage Co.]
  • K-100 Osage County [Burlingame; Carbondale; Lyndon; Melvern; Quenemo; Scranton & Twps. A-E]
  • K-101 Osage County [Twps. F-R]
  • K-102 Osage [Twps. S-Z] and Osborne [Bull City; Downs; Osborne; & Twps. A-C] Counties
  • K-103 Osborne County [Twps. D-Z]
  • K-104 Ottawa County [Delphos, Minneapolis; & Twps. A-G]
  • K-105 Ottawa [Twps. H-Z] and Pawnee Counties
  • K-106 Phillips County [Kirwin; Logan; Phillipsburg; & Twps. A-O]
  • K-107 Phillips [Twps. P-Z] and Pottawatomie [Louisville; Onaga; St. Marys; Wamego; & Twps. A-Be] Counties
  • K-108 Pottawatomie County [Twps. Bi-R]
  • K-109 Pottawatomie [Twps. S-Z] and Pratt [Haynesville; Iuka; Pratt; & Twps. A-H] Counties
  • K-110 Pratt [Twps. I-Z] and Rawlins Counties
  • K-111 Reno County [Hutchinson; Nickerson; & Twps. A-F]
  • K-112 Reno County [Twps. G-La & R-Z]
  • K-113 Reno [Twps. Le-Q] and Republic [Belleville; Scandia; & Twps. A-Be] Counties
  • K-114 Republic County [Twps. Bi-Q]
  • K-115 Republic [Cuba; & Twps. R-Z] and Rice [Lyons; Sterling; & Twps. A-D]
  • K-116 Rice County [Twps. E-Z]
  • K-117 Riley County [Manhattan; & Twps. A-Max]
  • K-118 Riley [Twps. May-Z] and Rooks [Plainville; Stockton; & Twps. A-Le] Counties
  • K-119 Rooks [Twps. Li-Z] and Rush Counties
  • K-120 Russell County
  • K-121 Saline County [Salina; Brookville; Twps. A-Go]
  • K-122 Saline County [Twps. G-Z]
  • K-123 Sedgwick County [Wichita, wards 1-2]
  • K-124 Sedgwick County [Wichita, wards 3-5; & Twps. A-F]
  • K-125 Sedgwick County [Twps. G-O]
  • K-126 Sedgwick County [Twps. P-Z]
  • K-127 Shawnee County [Topeka, wards 1-2]
  • K-128 Shawnee County [Topeka, wards 3-4]
  • K-129 Shawnee County [Rossville; Silver Lake; & Twps. A-Sn]
  • K-130 Shawnee County [Twps. So-Z]
  • K-131 Sheridan, Sherman and Smith [Gaylord; Smith Center; & Twps. A-F] Counties
  • K-132 Smith County [Twps. G-Z]
  • K-133 Stafford County
  • K-134 Sumner County [Wellington; Caldwell; Oxford; & Twps. A-B]
  • K-135 Sumner County [Twps. C-L]
  • K-136 Sumner County [Twps. M-Z]
  • K-137 Thomas, Trego and Wabaunsee [Alma; & Twps. A-M] Counties
  • K-138 Wabaunsee County [Twps. N-Z] and Washington County cities of Barnes, Clifton, Greenleaf, Hanover, Vining, & Washington
  • K-139 Washington County [Twps. A-H]
  • K-140 Washington County [Twps. I-Z]
  • K-141 Wilson County [Fredonia; Neodesha; & Twps. A-Nev]
  • K-142 Wilson [Twps. New-Z] and Woodson [Yates Center; Neosho Falls; Toronto; & Twps. A-D]
  • K-143 Woodson County [Twps. E-Z] and Wyandotte County [Wyandotte city, wards 1-2]
  • K-144 Wyandotte County [Wyandotte city wards 3-6 and Kansas City]
  • K-145 Wyandotte County [Argentine; Armourdale; Rosedale; & Twps. A-P]
  • K-146 Wyandotte County [Twps. Q-Z]