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Kansas Genealogy and History Links

Other sites for researching your family history

Kansas History
Vital Records
Military Records
Court Records
Federal Records onlineHale Family, members of Pottawatomi Tribe, 1932
Native American History
History On the Internet

Kansas Family History and General History Sites

The Kansas GenWeb site has links to museums and genealogical societies for every county in Kansas

Kansas history online at GenWeb

Kancoll - early history of Kansas and the Great Plains

Kansas Legislators Past and Present

University of Kansas' Digital Collections

Orphan Trains of Kansas

Latter-day Saints Family History Centers can borrow Kansas county records on microfilm from Salt Lake City and have other research materials, including an online ancestor file. Use this site to locate the Center nearest you and learn about the services they provide.

History On the Internet

Making of America's online U.S. history documents from Cornell University
and from the University of Michigan

The Library of Congress' American Memory: Historical Collections from the National Digital Library

The HathiTrust Digital Library

The Internet Archive

Vital Records

Interment lists for cemeteries all over the country, including U.S. military cemeteries.

Find A Grave

Kansas Office of Vital Statistics

Missouri Death Certificates Index, 1910-1955

Kansas City Area Catholic Diocese records

The Birth Database

U.S. Census Bureau age verification searches in recent censuses

Kansas Court Records

Kansas' State District Court Directory

Kansas' U.S. District Courts

Kansas Appellate Court Cases Index, 1990-present - Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records are part of the State Archives

Immigration Records

The Central Plains branch of the National Archives has federal district court naturalization records for Kansas.

Military Records

Kansas in the Civil War

The National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is creating searchable databases of both Confederate and Union soldiers who served in the Civil War.

These contain the official reports of Civil War military operations:

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion

The National Archives has information for veterans and their families who need copies of a DD-214.

Fold3 access through the Kansas State Library. Fold3 provides access to US military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.

Native American History

Kansas Native American genealogy

This site has links to tribal censuses and Bureau of Indian Affairs records online

Native American records at the National Archives

Indigenous Law related to tribes currently in Kansas

Federal Records Online

A list of records from the U.S National Archives that are being digitized by Ancestry on the NARA website

U.S. House of Representatives official history and archives website

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board records for genealogists


Wichita State University digitized Kansas maps collection

University of Kansas digital maps collections:
KU Digital Commons
KU Map Library

The USGS Geographic Names search site can be used to locate dead towns as well as existing ones, cemeteries, schools and geographic features. The search engine provides links to maps and aerial photographs of the location as well.

U.S. Census data can be mapped on the TIGER web viewer.

The Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office records site is digitizing Kansas homestead records and plat maps

The U.S. Postal Service history page lists historic postmasters and the dates post offices were established and closed.

Convert street addresses to and from latitude/longitude

Animated version of Charles O. Paullin's 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States


Dr. Edward N. Tihen's index to articles in Wichita newspapers, 1872 to 1982

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library provides an online index to articles from Topeka newspapers for some years and also an obituary index 1906-ca. 1935 and January 2004 to the present:
Topeka obituary index

Online abstracts of Civil War newspapers, including the Leavenworth Times.

The U.S. Newspaper Project website. From 1982 to 2011 a joint state and federal project attempted to locate, catalog, and microfilm all newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present. These libraries usually have the most complete collection of newspapers for that state.

Digital Newspaper sites

KSHS contributes to:

Kansas Public Library newspaper collections online:

Google News Archives some Kansas newspapers, including: Lawrence, 1884-2009; Fort Scott, 1931-2006; Junction City, 1982-1988; and Kiowa, 1947-2009.
Small Town Papers
Newspaper Archive
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (1859-1923) online

Current Kansas newspaper websites: