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Kansas Genealogy Resources

Kansas was developed by a variety of settlers, including land squatters, railroad employees, and new immigrants.

  • Connelley, William E. History of Kansas Newspapers: A History of the Newspapers and Magazines Published in Kansas from the Organization of Kansas Territory, 1854, to January 1, 1916. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Printing Plant, 1916.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Located in Abilene, it is a museum for artifacts of the president and first lady and also honors World War II veterans.
  • 1860 Kansas Territory Federal Census -- Territory's Original Copy. Microfilm of the original records at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. A name index to this census was compiled by the WPA in the late 1930s and the index was microfilmed by the KSHS.
  • Hodge, Robert A., compiler. An Index to the Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas, 1856. 2 volumes. Fredericksburg, Virginia: Hodge, 1984. The bulk of this report consists of testimonies, lists of names from the census records, poll books and voting registers. Also available on six microfiche, FHL film #6111324.

  • Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818-1936 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Kansas. FamilySearch.
  • Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies.  The Forgotten Settlers of Kansas. Volume 26. Topeka, Kansas: The Societies, 2004.

  • Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1910- Images of marriage registers and records made by county clerks in Kansas. Includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson.

  • Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kansas. FamilySearch.
  • Kansas Family History.
  • Kansas Genealogy and History.
  • Kansas GenWeb Project.
  • Kansas Heritage Group.  The Kansas Heritage Group history archives are devoted to digitally preserving Kansas' past, giving future generations the opportunity to learn from family and local Kansas history online.

  • Kansas History. A project of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas and the Kansas State Historical Society.

  • Kansas History Online.  Kansas State Historical Society and other archives.

  • Kansas Marriages 1840-1935 - Name index to marriage records from the state of Kansas - 378,903 records after 27 April, 2010.
  • Kansas Memory. Primary sources from the Kansas Historical Society.

  • Kansas Memory site, from the Kansas Historical Society, has thousands of digital items, including several hundred newspaper articles from the 1800′s and early 1900′s. Includes newspapers from Topeka, Wichita, and Lawrence, among others.
  • Kansas State Archives and Library. Located in Topeka.
  • Kansas State Historical Society - Genealogists.
  • Kansas State Historical Society -- Places in Kansas. Great digitized maps and place databases for the Kansas area.
  • Kansas Territorial Documents.
  • Kansas Territorial and State Censuses. Kansas became a state in 1861. Soon after that the state legislature passed a law requiring a state census every ten years for the purpose of determining population totals by county, and apportionment of its state legislature. The census years include 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. The originals are all located at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka.  All have been microfilmed and are available on interlibrary loan.
  • Robertson, Clara Hamlett. Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 who were born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina: A Compilation with Historical Annotations and Editorial Comment. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. Taken from the WPA index of the 11-volume hand-written census books in the Kansas State Historical Society Archives.