County vital records such as birth records, divorce decrees, marriage certificates and death records are required to be
filed in the USA. Genealogists use this information regularly to learn more about family history.
Courthouses across the United States saw an opportunity with the Internet. They created online databases for marriage records and
other information that allows genealogists to search for these county vital records from their home or office computer.
Many counties, still have not computerized their records. Many people just wanting to trace one record are not aware of even how to
begin a search. Online records databases are a way to help anyone trying to find a marriage record. Online search companies compile these
county vital statistics in one place. These databases have several advantages:
- You can search for the marriage record discreetly.
- Online databases contain records from all 50 states.If you don’t know where the marriage record was filed, you don’t
want to waste you time calling from Florida to Alaska. The information is at you fingertips when you use an online database search
company to help you find the marriage record.
- These searches are inexpensive. Most searches cost less than $50—even if you need unlimited access to county vital records.
If you are searching for just one marriage record, you could spend as little as $10. This saves time and money for anyone needing to
find out where a record is fast.
If you know just a little bit of information, you can find a marriage record easily. Just type in the correct information in the
lines provided and you will see a list of records available.
Local Information for the State of Kansas:
The Office of Vital Statistics receives and preserves vital records for events (births, deaths, marriages, and divorces) which occur in
Kansas. Birth, death, marriage, and divorce records (vital records) in Kansas are not public records. Certified copies of vital
records are released to the person named on the record, immediate family, a legal representative, or anyone who can prove a direct interest.
Currently, the Office of Vital Statistics does allow requests for genealogical research. Pre-1940 records may be requested by an
individual related as at least a cousin. Post 1940 records must be requested by an immediate family member.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Vital Statistics
Suite 120, Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66612-2221