- Central Resource Library
9875 W 87th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
Hours: Mon-Thu: 9-8; Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5; Sun: 1-5.
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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.
Johnson County marriage index 1857-1907, Johnson County obituary index, JoCoHistory Collections, JoCoHistory Digital Cemetery, Olathe Memorial Cemetery index. Acess to American Ancestors (NEHGS), Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Genealogy Connect, and HeritageQuest Online, regional newspapers, and other favorite web resources.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Johnson County Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, bounty land, homesteads, ethnic sources, prisons, fed employees.
- National Archives at Kansas City federal censuses 1790–1930; military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, photos, vital records, land, and Indian records.
- American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln NE, AHSGR ancestor lists, cemeteries, homesteads, an AHSGR German hometowns list, passenger lists, obituaries, surname charts, and Russian village files.
- National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, museum, history, rider registry, research, and events. 66 v. (20,000 records) of orphan train riders, photos, 9,700 name computer database.
- Southeast Kansas Genealogical Society, Iola, quarterly publication, queries, cemetery transcripts, obituary and newspaper indexes.
- Lenexa Kansas Family History Center can offer research suggestions, and can order genealogical microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
- Iola Public Library, for all Kansas including family folders, special indexes, and published records for many counties of Kansas.</ref>
- Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, has the best set of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas.</ref>. Also, clippings, obituaries, and an online catalog.
- Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads. Statewide births and deaths prior to 1894; City of Topeka births and deaths 1885-1912.
- Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center, has many genealogies with an emphasis mostly on books, periodicals, and special publications for southeast KS, and corners of MO, AR, and OK.</ref>
- Overland Park City Clerk has some municipal records.
- Johnson County Clerk of the District Court, Olathe, marriages since 1857; civil, criminal, domestic, and probate records since 1857.
- Johnson County Records and Tax Administration, Olathe, combines the Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Archives. Land records since 1857, county school records, and military discharge papers.
- U.S. District Court District of Kansas, Kansas City, recent federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy cases.
- Lenexa Historical Society includes a local historical research library.
- Overland Park Historical Society identifying and preserving the history of Overland Park.
- Johnson County Genealogical Society, has their collection at the Johnson County Library Central Research Library.
- Repositories in surrounding counties in Kansas: Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte, in Missouri: Cass, and Jackson.
- Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library, Hays, western Kansas history, oral histories, genealogical and historical societies, Hutterites, Mennonites, Catholics, and Lutherans.</ref>
- Kansas Heritage Center, Dodge City, cowboys, oral history, Fort Dodge history, & the Old West.</ref>
- Riley County Genealogical Society Library, Manhattan, pre-Civil War records are excellent for Kansas. Early settlers are documented by obituaries, family folders, and some good indexes.</ref>
- Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 12,000 books, 700 periodicals strong on Shawnee County and northeast Kansas. Also includes almost every U.S. state, and many foreign nations.
- Kansas State Library, Topeka, largest book library in Kansas with county histories, ethnic sources, guides, inventories, and family genealogies.</ref> This is a main depository of historical documents about Kansas residents.
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, since 1911 births, stillbirths, deaths; since 1913 marriages; and since 1951 divorce records issued for a fee only to immediate family members or representatives.
- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Lawrence, manuscripts, photographs, maps, histories, newspapers, periodicals, film and videotapes that document the "Kansas Experience" of pioneers, railroads, and American Indians.</ref> A depository for publications of Kansas and Douglas County.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Archives baptism, confirmations, marriages, deaths, parish records.
- Kansas United Methodist Archives, Baker University, Baldwin City, church records, newspapers, manuscripts, memoirs, obituaries, archives, reports.
- Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, Newton, Mennonite-related books, periodicals, and genealogical materials.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
- Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence MO, one of America's best genealogical centers: censuses and indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers. Surrounding states are well represented.</ref> 
- Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections, 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. 
- ↑ Answers in Johnson County Library (accessed 18 February 2016).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cenral Resource Library in Johnson County Library (accessed 18 February 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Genealogy in Johnson County Library (accessed 18 February 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
- ↑ Research Library in American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (accessed 3 February 2016).
- ↑ Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts, DiltsGD@familysearch.org.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
- ↑ Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Shawnee County (accessed 8 February 2016).
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 235. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- ↑ Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 4 February 2016).
- ↑ KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
- ↑ Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
- ↑ Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).