Those researching family history, house history or local history may find our records very helpful. Researchers are encouraged to schedule an appointment to ensure the best service possible.
For those who are unable to visit the museum, our Archive staff and volunteers will provide research services for a fee of $15.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for each additional hour. Members of the Harvey County Historical Society and the Harvey County Genealogical Society may request research services at a discounted fee of $10.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour.
A yearly listing of county residents by townships and cities. Residents are listed in alphabetical order: male and female. The address is given, number of people in the family, and the school district in which they resided.
The John C. Johnston Collection of Civil War Pensions consists of 287 names of men from Harvey County who applied for pensions through claim attorney John C. Johnston. Each man has a folder telling which unit he served in, his activity during the war, and any health issues he might have sustained. After checking the list, please contact our Archives staff if you’d like copies of papers included in a particular folder (firstname.lastname@example.org or 316.283.2221).
Check the Marriage Index - either for the bride or groom - and let us know if you'd like a copy of the original license. Send a check or money order in the amount of $3.00 to Harvey County Historical Society, PO Box 4, Newton, KS 67114. Upon receipt, we'll send you a copy of the original marriage license.
Cemetery records for Harvey County were compiled by Micki Crozier in the late 1980s. Our Greenwood Cemetery index (Newton) includes burials from 1872-1998. We also have an index of obituaries appearing in the Newton Kansan (1872-1921) courtesy of the Newton Public Library. Additions to the index (1922- June 1964) are available only at the Newton Public Library (www.newtonplks.org or 316.283.2890) You may also want to visit the Harvey County Genealogical Society’s website for additional information regarding gravesites and cemeteries in Harvey County.
The following census records are available for viewing.
Federal Censuses: Marion Co. 1860, 1870
Sedgwick Co. 1870
Harvey Co. 1880, 1900, 1910 ,1920, 1930
Kansas State Censuses: Harvey Co. 1875-1925
Also, an indexed 1940 census for Harvey County is available online at www.familysearch.org.
The Society owns the following city newspapers on microfilm:
Hesston 1917-2002; also a Hesston Record database of births, deaths and marriages 1917-1989
Newton 1872-January 1959
City directories for Newton from 1885 to 1998 are available on microfilm and, for some years, in book form. The 1885 city directory includes Halstead and Sedgwick.
History of Harvey County 1871-1881 by R.W.P. Muse
Brick and Mortar: A History of Newton, Kansas by Rachel Waltner Goossen
Harvey County, Kansas, History compiled by Linda Smurr
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the Newton Kansan, 1922
Newton Medical Center: Merging the Past with the Future by Lana Wirt Myers
Newton Remembering Yesterday Today by Dudley Dodgion Toevs
Yearbooks for Newton High School, Hesston High School, Bethel College and Hesston College. Not all years are available.
County tax rolls are on microfilm for years 1872-1915. These are particularly helpful to people doing house histories. It might help to determine the age of an old house.
The Society has records from some of the county schools. There is a list of school district numbers and locations.
Beginning in 1881, the records are currently indexed to 1908. The records show names, addresses and, in some cases, occupations.
First filings only. 1872 to 1939. The index provides case numbers to find the actual records at the Harvey County Courthouse.
Papers, records, files and books of former railroad employees. These files are available for researching specific areas of the railroad, particularly its operations in Newton and Harvey County. The collections are indexed.
Archival boxes for Harvey County are indexed under the following subjects: Local Government, Residents, Clubs and Associations, Military Records, Schools, ATSF Railway, Churches and Businesses. Other collections include Sheet and Band Music and Publications.
The map collection includes Harvey County plat maps (1882, 1902, 1918 and 1931), Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Newton, county oil maps, Kansas and United States highway maps, plat maps of Newton, and railway maps.