Stafford County Newspapers

Genealogy WorkshopThanks to a grant from Golden Belt Community Foundation at Great Bend, Kansas, we have our newspaper collection organized on shelves. Of the approximately 50 newspapers published in Stafford County since 1877, we have 29 of them represented in our collection, including "ghost-town" newspapers: Milwaukee Bee, Bedford Pilot and Cassoday Mirage.

We can do obituary lookups for $5 each (this includes research and copy fee), if we have at least a MONTH and YEAR of death. There is no charge for an unsuccessful search. Due to time constraints, we cannot do extensive research in the newspapers but they are available for public use Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (It's a good idea to call ahead.)

Most Stafford County newspapers are available either on microfilm or hard copy at four locations: Stafford County Museum in Stafford; Goodman Library in St. John; Larabee Library in Stafford and Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka. For a listing of these newspapers and where they are located, send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Stafford Co. Museum, 100 N. Main, Stafford, KS 67578.


St. John, Hudson and Seward newspapers, back to 1879, are on microfilm at Goodman Library in St. John. There is a card catalog death index for those newspapers.

The Goodman Library Friends of the Library provides a fee-based service that helps out-of-town patrons obtain information. This includes documentation from the microfilmed newspapers and other sources at the library as well as land, probate, marriage and naturalization records at the Stafford County Courthouse in St. John. E-mail Christie, with your request.

Many of the newspapers at the Goodman Library are also available in hard copy at the museum. Museum staff can do obit look-ups for $5 per obit, if date [at least month and year] is provided. No charge for unsuccessful search.

For information regarding obtaining obituaries from newspapers on microfilm back to 1877, from Stafford, Larabee Library, 108 N. Union, Stafford, KS 67578. Phone: 620-234-5762, between 2-5 p.m. ($2.50 per obit if found.)