before July 1911 Prior to July 1911, vital records (birth, marriage and death) were not manditory and were kept at the county level. The records for Wabaunsee County exist for about 1892 - 1911, but are spotty. These records can be searched for free at the Register of Deeds office at the county courthouse. Please do not direct lookup requests to the Register of Deeds office. Instead, see the Kansas State Historical Society section on the Research page. The records can be searched for free on location, for a fee by library staff or obtained on microfilm through interlibrary loan from the KSHS.
  Another good source for records, prior to (and often after) 1911 are the local church records. Many of the churches kept great records of birth/baptism, marriage and death/funeral. In addition, Holy Family Catholic Church in Alma (and probably other churches as well) also has records of first communion and confirmation. The KSHS has Holy Family and St. John Lutheran Chruch (Alma) records on microfilm, but you should contact the church directly to see what information they have.
after July 1911 After July 1911, birth and death certificates were manditory and were filed with the State Office of Vital Statistics. Unlike some states, Kansas does not make a list of these records available to the public. You can, however, order birth, death, marriage (after May 1913) and divorce (after Jul 1951) records from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics.
  For faster service, you can also order the records online through services such as VitalChek (this link is provided as a courtesy and not an endorsement).