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Records from Jefferson County

Creator: Jefferson County (Kan.)

Date: 1855-1982

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 216906

Abstract: Contains paper and microfilmed records created by the Oskaloosa City Clerk (budgets, tax levies, financial statements, general ledger, election records, 1936-1974), County Clerk (roads, tax rolls and assessments, vital statistics, 1859-1937), County Engineer (road maps and architectural drawing, 1910-1911), District Court (naturalization records, divorce cases, journals), Probate Court (marriage records, case files and journals, and various other records related to decedents' and minors' estates), Register of Deeds (deeds and mortgages and other miscellaneous records deposited with the office), Delaware Township Justice of the Peace (civil and criminal dockets, 1882-1964), County Commissioners (journal of proceedings, 1856-1863), Valley Falls Police Court (police docket, 1888-1899), and County Superintendent of Public Instruction (school district map, 1875, and scholastic census reports, 1883-1898).

The materials provide an overview of Jefferson County history and a resource for individuals interested in genealogy and local history. The bulk of the collection consists of microfilm reels of materials received from Jefferson County’s District Court, Probate Court, and Register of Deeds for the period 1853-1920.

Space Required/Quantity: Microfilm + 12 cubic feet and oversize materials.

Title (Main title): Records from Jefferson County

Administrative History

Administrative History: Site of the first settlement in Kansas, which was established in 1825 by Major Daniel Morgan Boone (frontiersman Daniel Boone's son), who served as "farmer for the Kansas Indians" by order of the Federal government. Boone settled in the extreme southern part of what is now Jefferson County, where he taught the art of agriculture and maintained the territory's first agency for Indian lands. The county was formally established on August 25, 1855 and named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Located in northeast Kansas, the county's population was estimated to be 18,848 in 2006. Its county seat is Oskaloosa and its most populous city is Valley Falls, formerly called Grasshopper Falls. Townships include Delaware, Fairview, Kaw, Kentucky, Norton, Oksaloosa, Ozawkie, Rock Creek, Rural, Sarcoxie, Union, and Jefferson.

[Kansas Genealogy Trails' Jefferson County, "Jefferson County History," http://genealogytrails.com/kan/jefferson/history.html (accessed July 16, 2009.)]

[Kansas State Historical Society, "Kansas Counties: Jefferson County," http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:JF (accessed 29 December 2010.)]

[Wikipedia, "Jefferson County, Kansas," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Kansas (accessed July 14, 2009.)]


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Index Terms


    Jefferson County (Kan.) -- Genealogy
    Jefferson County (Kan.) -- History
    County government -- Kansas -- Jefferson County
    Courts -- Kansas -- Jefferson County

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Local Government Agencies. Jefferson County.