A state or country’s death records can provide a wealth of information if you’re searching for links to a family tree. Kansas death records were officially recorded after 1911, and you may find some older records on a county level. But, if you’re searching for vital records in Kansas, keep in mind that privacy laws are extremely stringent and you can only access a death record if you’re a member of the immediate family or have a legal issue for which you need the document. Most records (if you qualify) can be obtained from the county where the death occurred (from 1911 until present day), but if you submit your application to the main office in Topeka, Kansas, the wait may be ten days for receiving a response. Send your notarized application form with the fee and any details you can provide about the death to:
Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment
Curtis State Office Building
1000 Southwest Jackson #120
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-1400
Newspaper archives, church and mortuary records may be good sources for information if the record can’t be found based on a state-search. Be aware that these records may not contain as much data as you were hoping for, but it may lead you to another resource. When you do receive the death record, you may glean such information as the date of death, marital status and name of spouse, cause of death, names of parents and where they were born and the deceased place and date of birth.
An alternative to conducting a state-based search for Kansas death records, you can use one of the many available online search sites. The Internet has become the place to go when researching almost any topic, and it takes some of the work load off of the states by using these private sites. By submitting as much information as you have about the deceased and paying a reasonable fee, you’ll receive a full report usually within minutes of submitting the data. The results are fast and tend to be more accurate than a state-based search because of the powerful search engines and databases they use to retrieve the data. The report will be sent to your private email address and you can read it at your leisure in the privacy of your home or office. Genealogists and lawyers use these search sites on a constant basis to look for information for a case or to progress on a family tree. The private sites can reference and cross-reference information from one state to another and zero in on the exact data you need for your purpose. It also frees you from the hassles of application forms and sending your identification to the state. Click on the link to find out more about how an Internet search site can help you locate Kansas death records.