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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Kansas.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Kansas[edit | edit source]

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia · Family History Library · National Archives I · National Archives at Kansas City · National Orphan Train Complex · Kansas Historical Society · Kansas State Library · Kansas Genealogical Society · Kansas Department of Health and Environment · Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library · Iola Public Library · Johnson County Library · Kansas Heritage Center · Riley County Genealogical Society Library · Topeka Genealogical Society Library · University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library · Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center · Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center · Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections

National[edit | edit source]

Image:Germans from Russia Museum Lincoln, NE.JPG|right|250px|Germans from Russia Museum Lincoln, NE.JPG]]American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
631 D St
Lincoln, NE 68502
Telephone: 402-474-3363

This is an international organization dedicated to the history, cultural heritage, and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants. Their library collection holds AHSGR ancestor lists, cemetery lists, homestead papers, an AHSGR German hometowns list, passenger lists, obituaries, surname charts, Russian village files, and Karl Stumpp's Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862.

Kansas Historical Society Help find your ancestors, state census, biographies, marriages, death and more.

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Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2331
Fax: 801-240-1584
E-Mail: fhl@ldschurch.org
Internet: Family History Library

450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. Many Kansas microfilms are also available at branch FamilySearch Centers  in local LDS churches, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.[1]

National Archives I
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC
Telephone 1-866-272-6272
Fax: 301-837-0483

Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.[2]


National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000

The National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri has the records of regional federal offices for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, including the following:

  • Federal naturalization records including A-files
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs and other American Indian records
  • Copies of federal census, military, and immigration records


National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington St.
PO Box 322
Concordia, KS 66901
Telephone: 785-243-4471

History of the orphan train movement 1853-1930, stories of the children, photos, artifacts, 66 volumes (20,000 records) of orphan train riders, a 9,700 name database, and a rider registry.[3]

Statewide[edit | edit source]

Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Telephone: 1-913-272-8681 Ext. 117
Fax: 1-913-272-8682

This is clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads.[4]

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Kansas State Library
Capitol Building, Room 312-N
Topeka, KS 66612
Telephone: 785-296-3296

Largest book library in Kansas with county histories, ethnic sources, guides, inventories, and family genealogies.[4] This is a main depository of historical documents about Kansas residents.

Kansas Genealogical Society
Mail: P.O. Box 103
Street: 2601 Central Avenue
Dodge City, KS 67801
Telephone: 620-225-1951

They have the best set of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas.[4] The society was founded to preserve genealogical, biographical, historical and educational data relating to the ancestry of society members and the founders of our country. It offers various online collections such as:
  • Pedigree charts of their members
  • Clippings of anniversaries, birthdays and reunions
  • Obituary index
  • Online catalog
They are located in the same building as the Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Telephone: 785-296-1400
E-mail: Vital.Records@kdheks.gov
Internet: KDHE Office of Vital Statistics

Kansas vital records: births, stillbirths, deaths since 1911; marriages since 1913; and divorce records since 1951 issued for a fee only to immediate family members or representatives.[5]

Regional[edit | edit source]

Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library
502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601
Telephone: 785-628-4434
E-mail: refserv@fhsu.edu
Internet: Forsyth Library

Their Western Collection includes western Kansas history, oral histories, a great genealogical collection from local genealogical and historical societies, and many denominational sources for Hutterites, Mennonites, Catholics, and Lutherans.[4]

Iola Public Library
218 E Madison Ave
Iola, KS 66749
Telephone: 620-365-3262
E-mail: iolaref@sekls.org
Internet: Iola Public Library

Their genealogy collection is good for all of Kansas including family folders, special indexes, and published records for many of the counties of Kansas.[4]

Johnson County Library
Central Resource Library
9875 W 87th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
Telephone: 913-826-4600
E-mail: ask@jocolibrary.libanswers.com
Internet: Central Resource Library

They have both Kansas and genealogy collections, and are a mostly a book and periodicals library with additional good coverage for Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky. They also have microfilms and family folders as well.[4]

Kansas Heritage Center
Mail: PO Box 1207
Street: 1000 N 2nd Ave
Dodge City KS 67801-1207
Telephone: 620-227-1616
Fax: 620-227-1701
E-mail: library@ksheritage.org
Internet: Kansas Heritage Center

Cowboys, oral histories, Fort Dodge history, and the Old West.[4]

Riley County Genealogical Society Library
2005 Claflin Road
Manhattan, Kansas 66502-3415
Telephone: 785-565-6495
E-mail: info@rileycgs.com
Internet: Riley County Genealogical Society

Their pre-Civil War records are excellent for Kansas. Early settlers are documented by obituaries, family folders, and some good indexes.[4]

Topeka Genealogical Society Library
Mail: P.O. Box 4048
Street: 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604-0048
Telephone: 785-233-5762
E-mail: Contact Emailer form
Internet: Topeka Genealogical Society

12,000 books, 700 periodical titles strong on Shawnee County and northeastern Kansas. Includes almost every U.S. state, and many foreign nations. Shawnee county resources: probate, naturalization, and tax records. Computers and high-speed wireless Internet access are available. Most material can be checked-out to TGS members. Staffed by experienced volunteers. Non-member visitors are encouraged to support the library with a donation.[6]

University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-2800
Telephone: 913-864-4334
Fax: 913-864-5803
E-mail: ksrlref@ku.edu
Internet: University of Kansas Libraries

The Kansas Collection includes primary source materials that document the history of Kansas and the region. There are manuscripts, photographs, maps, histories, newspapers, periodicals, film and videotapes that document the "Kansas Experience" including pioneers, railroads, and American Indians.[4] It is also a depository for publications of the state of Kansas and for Douglas County records. Most of their holdings cover the territorial period 1854-1861.

Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center
223 S. Main
Wichita, KS 67202
Telephone: 316-261-8509 (Genealogy and Local History)
E-mail: reference@wichita.lib.ks.us
Internet: Central Library
Internet: Local History and Genealogy

The Kansas and Local History collection has many genealogies. Their emphasis is mostly books, periodicals, and special publications for southeast Kansas, and corners of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.[4]

Out of State[edit | edit source]

Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center
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3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
Telephone: 816-836-5200
Fax: 816-521-7253
E-mail: ge@mcpl.lib.mo.us
Internet: Midwest Genealogy Center

One of America's most complete genealogical centers including censuses and indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers. Surrounding states including Kansas are well represented.[7] [8] The Mid-Continent Public Library shares its genealogical materials through interlibrary loan.

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Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections
Central Library
14 W. 10th Street, 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105
Telephone: 816-701-3427
Fax: 816-701-3401
E-mail: lhistory@kclibrary.org
Internet: Local history and genealogy

The Missouri Valley Room has a great genealogy collection for Missouri and Kansas with biographies, periodicals, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers of the Kansas City area.[9] [10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 1. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  2. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  3. Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator, orphantraindepot@gmail.com, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts, DiltsGD@familysearch.org.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
  5. KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
  6. Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 9 February 2016).
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  8. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  10. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).