Barber County, Kansas, was created in 1867 from Harper County, Kansas; the county seat is Medicine Lodge, Kansas. -- The Handy Book For Genealogists, 7th edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah, 1981.
For all counties in Kansas, birth and death records since July 1, 1911; marriages since May 1, 1913; and divorces since July 1, 1951 are obtainable at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas 66620. Records are indexed alphabetically by year.
The forms needed to order records from the Office of Vital Statistics are available online from The Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment Office of Vital Statistics. Another source of these forms is vitalrec.com.
For vital records before the dates given above, and for probate, land records and other civil records, contact the appropriate office at the:
Barber County Courthouse
120 East Washington Street
Medicine Lodge, KS 67104-1421
Phone: (620) 886-3961. Fax: (620) 886-5425.
To locate the names of current county officials and contact information for them, use the following Google search results:
"Barber County" +courthouse
If you want to find an obituary or news articles, start by checking this List of Barber County Newspapers to locate the Kansas State Historical Society microfilm reel number the item you're seeking is likely to be on. Links to information on borrowing microfilms through interlibrary loan are on the aforementioned page.
You will often read references to people in Barber County "homesteading" their land. Barber County was NOT settled under the provisions of the Homestead Act. Barber County is part of the Osage Diminished Reserve Lands. For more information, see the following page on the Comanche County, Kansas: History & Genealogy site: The Osage Diminished Reserve Lands.
Collected Death Notices for Barber County, Kansas
Collected Marriage Notices for Barber County, Kansas
Petition for Incorporation of Sun City, 15 Jan 1886.
Corporations in Sun City, Kansas, courtesy of Kim Fowles.
Barber County Newspapers:
Barber County Index, 106 W. First, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-5617.
Gyp Hill Premiere, 110 N. Main, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104.
Phone: 620-886-5654. Fax: 620-886-5655.
Kiowa News, 614 Main Street, Kiowa, KS 67070.
Phone: (620) 825-4229
Barber County Libraries:
Hardtner Public Library, P. O. Box 38, Hardtner, KS 67057.
Kiowa Public Library, 123 N. Seventh, Kiowa, KS 67070.
Phone: (620) 825-4630.
Lincoln Library, 201 N. Main, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-5746. Fax: (620) 886-9985.
Wisner Library, Sharon, KS 67138
Barber County Museums and Historical Societies:
Carrie Nation House, Highway 160, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-3908.
The Stockade Museum, Highway 160, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-3417.
Kiowa Historical Museum, 107 N. 7th, Kiowa, KS 67070.
Open: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Phone: (620) 825-4727.
Kiowa School Museum, 5th and Miller, Kiowa, KS 67070. Open by appointment.
* 1937-1938: Barber County farm directory,
* 1949: Medicine Lodge city directory,
* 1963: Barber County farm directory,
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