Kansas State Library

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Kansas State Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  infodesk@library.ks.gov


Capitol Building, Room 312-N
Topeka, KS 66612-1593

Telephone:[1]  785-296-3296, or 800-432-3919 (KS Only)

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Closed on major holidays

Parking, map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Kansas State Library Kansans, librarians, state employees, about us, how do I . . ask a librarian, digital books, online resources, talking books.
  • Kansas State Library ATLAS catalog online.
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    Search by keyword, title, author, subject, journal title, ISBN/ISSN. Also available in WorldCat.
  • Kansas Periodical Index

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Largest book library in Kansas with county histories, ethnic sources, guides, inventories, and family genealogies.[3] This is a main depository of historical documents about Kansas residents.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Kansas State Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, bounty land, homesteads, ethnic sources, prisons, fed employees.[4]
  • National Archives at Kansas City federal censuses 1790–1930; military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, photos, vital records, land, and Indian records.[5]

Similar Collections

  • Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads.[6]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Kansas State Library (accessed 9 February 2016).
  2. Visit Us in Kansas State Library (accessed 9 February 2016)
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
  7. KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Shawnee County (accessed 8 February 2016).
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 149. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 237. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 24372922; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  11. Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 9 February 2016).
  12. Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator, orphantraindepot@gmail.com, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts, DiltsGD@familysearch.org.
  13. Research Library in American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (accessed 3 February 2016).
  14. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1 and 109.
  15. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  16. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  17. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).