Atchison County, Kansas--Trails to the Past

Welcome to Atchison County

Trails to the Past

This Site is Available for Adoption

Atchison County is located in northeastern Kansas, bordered by Doniphan County to the north; Buchanan and Platte Counties in Missouri to the northeast and east; Leavenworth and Jefferson Counties (Kansas) to the southeast and south; and Jackson and Brown Counties to the southwest and west. Atchison is the most populous city and the county seat. Other incorporated cities include Effingham, Lancaster, Muscotah, and Huron.

The first recorded non-Native Americans to travel through what would later become Atchison County included French trappers and explorers. Lewis and Clark came through the area in 1804, and discovered a creek in the northeast section of the county, naming it "Independence Creek" in honor of Independence Day, the day the discovery was made. Later, in 1839, Pascal Pensoneau became the first white person to actually set up a permanent residence. The area was officially opened for settlement in 1854, and was established as one of the original Kansas counties in 1855.

The site for Atchison County is available for adoption. If you are interested in being a County Administrator for Atchison, send me an email by copying this address into your email template: [email protected]. Be sure to put "Atchison County" in the Subject line so I'll be sure to notice.

In the meantime, we will be building this web site to include information and records to assist you as you research your Atchison County families. Below, you will note a table which includes the types of documents and information we hope to have available for you as quickly as we can. Should you have any information that you wish to include here, please contact me at [email protected] and let me know. Copy and paste my email address into your email template.

Bible Records Biographies Cemeteries Census
Church Records Families History Land Records
Letters & Diaries Military Records Newspapers Obituaries
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 27 May 2012