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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research in Kansas.

Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Telephone: 1-913-272-8681 Ext. 117
Fax: 1-913-272-8682
E-mail: information@kshs.org
Internet: Kansas Historical Society

This is clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads.[1]

National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri

400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000
E-mail: kansascity.archives@nara.gov
Website: National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri

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

Kansas Genealogical Society and Online Library
P.O. Box 103
Dodge City, KS 67801
Telephone: 1-620-225-1951

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
  • an obituary index
  • an online catalog

Kansas State Library
State Capitol Building
Room 169-W
300 SW 10th
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
Telephone: 1-913-296-3296
Fax: 1-913-296-6650 

The State Library has long served as a depository of legal and historical documents for Kansas residents.

University of Kansas
Spencer Research Library—Kansas Collections
Lawrence, KS 66045-2800
Telephone: 1-913-864-4274
Fax: 1-913-864-5803

The Kansas Collection include primary source materials that document the history of Kansas and the region. There are manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings and blueprints, books, newspapers, periodicals, film and videotapes that document the "Kansas Experience." It is also a depository for publications of the state of Kansas and for Douglas County records.The bulk of the Collection's holdings cover the Kansas Territorial period (1854-1861)

National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington Street
P.O. Box 322
Concordia, KS 66901
Telephone: 1-785-243-4471 

The Orphan Train Complex is dedicated to preserving the stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Kansas counties, use the 14 inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of these inventories are at the Family History Library.

Kansas Online Records

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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.

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Cutler's History of Kansas, 1883


  1. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.


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