Welcome to Ellis County Kansas Genealogy Research


George Grant Villa

 My name is Bob Jenkins
and I created this website to provide genealogy
 information and links to genealogy information  to assist people in researching
 their Ellis County Kansas ancestors.

 I would appreciate any contribution that you would like to make  to this site:
 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc

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   Ellis County Data

  Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society:

 Throughout Ellis County in the High Plains reminders can be seen of the ancient sea that once covered the area. Post rock
 fence posts that define the boundaries of pastures offer a window to the ancient past. This rock or limestone, filled with fossils,
 was created over time from the ocean sediment. The uppermost Greenhorn Formation provided the perfect material for fencing
 and housing where wood was scarce. Limestone also proved to be a popular medium for post rock artists with a hammer and

 Once prime hunting ground for Plains Indians, Ellis County grew after the discovery of gold in Colorado and the push for
 westward expansion. Overland trails crossed the area, military posts were established to guard workers on the rail lines, and
 railroads brought immigrants to farm the rich lands.

 Ellis County was organized on October 28, 1867, by John Bauer; Joseph Duncan; Joseph S. Clarke; John V. MacIntosh;
 John M. Schlyer; Marcus J. R. Treat; William Rose; and William E. Webb. The county was named for Civil War Lieutenant
 George Ellis, Co. I, 12th Kansas Infantry, and Hays was designated the county seat.

 Fort Hays was established October 11, 1865, and the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division arrived in October 1867.
 The first church was the Hays Presbyterian founded in 1873. The first county fair was established in Hays in 1881 and still
 continues. The first school district was formed in Hays in 1867.

Some of the files linked to in the below areas are somewhat large pdf  files.  They may take some time to load. 
  I have split some pdf files into multiple files in an attempt to improve the load speed.

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