Deaths and births in Kansas were not recorded and cataloged by the state until July of 1911. Marriage records were recorded from May 1, 1913 onward on a statewide level. However, divorce records were not recorded statewide until July 1, 1951. The Office of Vital Statistics at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has each of those records on file. Any divorce records that were recorded before the 1951 statewide recording began can be found in the the court district in which the divorce paperwork was originally filed. That paperwork is on file in each district’s Office of the Clerk.
Quite a few issues of the Kansas Historical Quarterly (1960) volume 18 included death and marriage records from the Territory that occurred between 1854 and 1861. Volume 19, (August and September 1961) contained deaths and births. While volume 21 contained marriage records (Summer 1965) The Jefferson County Genealogical Society and the Midwest Historical Genealogical Society can each provide reprints of those volumes.
The State Board of Agriculture First Bicentennial Report also contains Kansas Territory vital statistics. Some counties kept death and birth records before they were required by the state. However, those records are incomplete and inconsistent. The Historical Records Survey – Kansas, Guide to Public Vital Records in Kansas is a good resource for information on where vital records not held by the Bureau of Vital Statistics can be found. The guide is divided by record type and county, for easy reference.
In 1987, a change in state law allowed access to records of deaths, marriages and births that took place from 1885 to 1913.