Other sites for researching your family history
The Kansas GenWeb site has links to museums and genealogical societies for every county in 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.
The Library of Congress' American Memory: Historical Collections from the National Digital Library
The Internet Archive
Interment lists for cemeteries all over the country, including U.S. military cemeteries.
U.S. Census Bureau age verification searches in recent censuses
The Central Plains branch of the National Archives has federal district court naturalization records for Kansas.
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.
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
Wichita State University digitized Kansas maps collection
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.
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:
- Chronicling America, a free Library of Congress site
- Newspapers.com, a subscription site, but Kansas residents can use KSHS material for free by logging in through our Digital Partners Portal.
Kansas Public Library newspaper collections online:
Cowley County: Arkansas City Public Library
Geary County: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Logan County: Oakley Public Library
Lyon County: Lyon County Library
Marion County: Peabody Township Library
Marshall County: Waterville Public Library
Montgomery County: Independence Public Library
Osborne County: Osborne Public Library
Pottawatomie County: Wamego Public Library
Rooks County: Plainville Memorial Library
Stevens County: Stevens County Library
Google News Archives includes Lawrence newspapers, 1884-2009; Fort Scott newspaper, 1931-2006; and Kiowa news, 1947-2009.
Small Town Papers
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (1859-1923) online
Current Kansas newspaper websites:
- Abilene Reflector-Chronicle
- Arkansas City Traveler.
- Ark Valley News
- Atchison Daily Globe.
- Augusta Gazette
- Baldwin City Signal
- Basehor Sentinel
- Bonner Springs Chieftain
- Chanute Tribune.
- Clay Center Dispatch
- Coffey County Republican
- Concordia Blade-Empire
- Desoto Explorer
- Dodge City Globe
- El Dorado Times
- Emporia Gazette
- Emporia State University Bulletin
- Eudora News
- Fort Scott Tribune
- Garden City Telegram
- Goodland Star-News
- Great Bend Tribune
- Gyp Hill Premiere
- Hays Daily News
- Hillsboro Star-Journal
- Holton Recorder
- Hutchinson News
- Iola Register
- Jewell County News
- Johnson County Sun
- Junction City Daily Union
- Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
- Kansas City Kansan
- Kansas City Star
- Kansas State Collegian
- Lansing Current
- Lawrence Journal-World
- Leavenworth Times
- Louisburg Herald
- Manhattan Mercury
- Marion County Record
- Marysville Advocate
- McPherson Sentinel
- Miami County Republic
- Minneapolis Messenger
- Montgomery County Chronicle
- Newton Kansan
- Olathe Daily News
- Osawatomie Graphic
- Ottawa Herald
- Parsons Sun
- Pittsburg Morning Sun
- Pratt Tribune
- Sabetha Herald
- Salina Journal
- Shawnee Dispatch
- Goodland Star-News
- Southwest Times (Liberal)
- Stafford Courier
- Times-Sentinel (Cheney)
- Tonganoxie Mirror
- Topeka Capital-Journal
- Wellington Daily News
- Wichita Eagle
- Winfield Daily Courier
- University Daily Kansan
- Wichita State Sunflower