Kansas Vital Records
Kansas Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Kansas regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates and are compiled and stored in a permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of California divides the birth records catalog into two categories: early-1911 and 1911-present. In the early–1911 category, all the records were collected from Kansas church records and county records of vital statistics, which provide the earliest evidence of births. A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of births in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk. Birth records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 birth records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas. Statewide registration of births and deaths began in July 1911. Delayed registrations of births started in 1937. Copies of the state records may be obtained from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics.
A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. A few counties in Kansas began keeping records of deaths in 1885. These records may be obtained from the office of the county clerk. Death records are also available from many of the cities in the state. The beginning dates of these records vary from about 1910 to 1940. Death certificates began being filed with the state Office of Vital Statistics on July 1, 1911. The Family History Library is presently acquiring copies of pre-1912 death records at the county courthouses in southeastern Kansas.
A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. The state of Kansas manages marriage/ divorce records based on sources the information was/ is collected, which divides them in the following categories: early-1913 and 1913-present. All records in the early-1913 category were collected from church registers, clerks’ offices and county offices. These records now are kept at The Family History Library and it is presently acquiring copies of pre-1920 Kansas marriage records. The state of Kansas registered the statewide registration law in 1913. Since July 1913 marriage/ divorce records have been kept by the state.
Why Vital Records are Available to the Public
In 1984, the Kansas State Legislature pass a law named the Kansas Open Records Act. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2010 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt/kora-faq . Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.
What Vital Records Access Mean to You
The law is similar to the Kansas Open Meeting Act (KOMA) legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted, statutes 75-4317 - 75-4320 define the law. As the Kansas Open Records Act intent is that all records maintained by state and local government entities be available for public access and copying.