Leavenworth County Kansas First Families Program
The Leavenworth County Historical Society, located in the Pioneer City of Kansas,
is pleased to announce the
First Families of Leavenworth County Kansas
program to recognize and honor the residence of early families in
Leavenworth County, Kansas.
The program is an ongoing effort to preserve the county’s rich heritage of history surrounding Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth,
the Pioneer City of Kansas, for future generations.
The Leavenworth County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,with revenue derived from memberships,
donations, research, tour fees of our home, the Carroll Mansion Museum, and numerous fundraising activities.
Types of Certificates
Ancestors proven to have resided in Leavenworth County, Kansas on or before statehood,
29 January 1861
Ancestor proven to have resided in Leavenworth County, Kansas between 29 January 1861 and
31 December 1880
Early Settler Certificate
Ancestor proven to have resided in Leavenworth County, Kansas between 1 January 1881 and
31 December 1900
Application and Fees
• Applicant must be able to prove descent with an official record of some type or some other acceptable
source of proof (i.e.: census records; obituaries; county histories; birth, death or marriage records;
school or church records; newspaper clippings and any other records showing proof.)
• Applicant must show a relationship to his or her pioneer relative and must prove relationship with an
official record of some type (i.e. census records, obituaries. county histories, birth record, etc).
• Applicant does not have to live in Kansas or ever have lived in Kansas.
To apply for a certificate, each applicant will need to complete an application form. This form includes
the certificate application, permission to publish, a line of descendant chart, and a pedigree chart. In
addition, each application will need to submit documentation to substantiate the information included
in the line of descent chart, along with the application fee of $40, as determined by the Historical
Society. Once approved by the LCHS Research Dept, applicant will be issued the appropriate
Printable PDF application form.
Photographic Treasures of Historic Leavenworth, Kansas
Following the premier of our traveling exhibit in the summer of 2022, at the Box Gallery in Commerce Bank, Kansas City, Missouri,
it went on display at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in Spring 2023.
Here is an on-line version of the exhibit:
in cooperation with Spencer Research Library.
to read our information about the traveling exhibit, and how to become a hosting venue.