Kansas Vital Records

Kansas Vital Records

In Kansas, the Office of Vital Records is in charge of maintaining state level vital records, which includes files relating to the key milestone events of all residents. These milestones may include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The documents/records kept on these important events can consist of, but are not limited to, divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. Documents are all stored in one central record registry and can then be used later for statistical analysis.

Divorce Records

In the state of Kansas, divorce records are distributed by government officials, after the divorce in question is registered. When someone registers/files for a divorce or an annulment in Kansas, records of this event are kept along with all other state vital files in the aforementioned central registry. These divorce records can consist of divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the state in question as to whether the documents can be accessed and copied by the public. Divorce records in Kansas are split into two categories, before 1913 and after 1913. Records from before 1913 were collected from county offices, clerks’ offices, and church registers. There was a state-wide registration of divorce records in 1913. After this date, all divorce records have been stored by the state. There were 6,494 marriage dissolutions in the state of Kansas in 2017. A copy of a record in Kansas costs $15.

Marriage Records

Marriage records are also issued by government officials after the event/wedding is registered. Marriage records in Kansas are split into two categories, before 1913 and after 1913. Records from before 1913 were collected from county offices, clerks’ offices, and church registers. These older records are now stored at the Family History Library. There was a state-wide registration of marriage records in 1913. After this date, all marriage records have been stored by the state. There were 17,274 marriages in the state of Kansas in 2017. A copy of a record in Kansas costs $15.

Birth Records

Birth records usually refer to the certificates printed upon the birth of every single child in the state of Kansas. Birth records are split into two categories in Kansas, before 1911 and after 1911. The pre-1911 category, including some of the earliest records of births in the state, were collected from church and county records. Some counties began keeping birth records as early as 1885, and they may be obtained from the relevant county clerk. People can also acquire records from many cities in Kansas, with beginning dates varying between 1910 and 1940. The Family History Library in Kansas is in the process of collecting pre-1912 records at the county courthouses. A state-wide registration of births was introduced in 1911. In 1937, delayed birth registrations began. State record copies can be obtained from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics. There were 36,464 births in the state of Kansas in 2017. A copy of a record in Kansas costs $15.

Death Records

Death records usually refer to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate after their passing. Some Kansas counties began recording deaths as early as 1885, and these records can be acquired from the relevant county clerk. People can also acquire records from many cities in Kansas, with beginning dates varying between 1910 and 1940. A state-wide registration of death records began in 1911. The Family History Library in Kansas is in the process of collecting pre-1912 records at the county courthouses. There were 26,725 deaths in the state of Kansas in 2017. A copy of a record in Kansas costs $15.

Why are these records available to the public?

The Kansas Open Records Act was introduced in 1984, with the latest amendments coming in 2010. The aim of the act was to ensure that all residents of the state had the fundamental right to access public records. All public records held by the local and state government can be accessed and copied by members of the public.

To access records:

Address:
Office of Vital Statistics
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 120
Topeka, KS 66612-2221

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