Kansas, United States Genealogy

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Beginning Research
Record Types
Kansas Background
Local Research Resources
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National Soldiers' Home Western Branch at Leavenworth, Kansas about 1909.
Welcome to the Kansas page,
the Sunflower State

Most unique genealogical features: 


Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Cheyenne CountyRawlins CountyDecatur CountyNorton CountyPhillips CountySmith CountyJewell CountyRepublic CountyWashington CountyMarshall CountyNemaha CountyBrown CountyDoniphan CountyAtchison CountyJackson CountyPottawatomie CountyRiley CountyClay CountyCloud CountyMitchell CountyOsborne CountyRooks CountyGraham CountySheridan CountyThomas CountySherman CountyWallace CountyLogan CountyGove CountyTrego CountyEllis CountyRussell CountyLincoln CountyOttawa CountyEllsworth CountySaline CountyDickinson CountyGeary CountyMorris CountyWabaunsee CountyShawnee CountyJefferson CountyLeavenworth CountyWyandotte CountyJohnson CountyDouglas CountyMiami CountyFranklin CountyOsage CountyLyon CountyCoffey CountyAnderson CountyLinn CountyChase CountyMarion CountyMcPherson CountyRice CountyBarton CountyRush CountyNess CountyLane CountyScott CountyWichita CountyGreeley CountyHamilton CountyKearny CountyFinney CountyHodgeman CountyPawnee CountyStafford CountyReno CountyHarvey CountyButler CountyGreenwood CountyWoodson CountyAllen CountyBourbon CountyCrawford CountyCherokee CountyLabette CountyNeosho CountyWilson CountyMontgomery CountyElk CountyChautauqua CountyCowley CountySumner CountySedgwick CountyKingman CountyHarper CountyBarber CountyPratt CountyEdwards CountyKiowa CountyComanche CountyClark CountyFord CountyGray CountyMeade CountyHaskell CountySeward CountyGrant CountyStevens CountyMorton CountyStanton CountyKansas-county-map.gif

Extinct, Renamed, or Ceeded Counties: Arapahoe (1855) | Arapahoe (1883) | Billings | Breckenridge | Broderick | Buffalo | Calhoun | Davis | Dorn | El Paso | Foote | Fremont | Garfield | Godfrey | Howard | Hunter | Kansas | Lykins | Madison | McGee | Montana | Oro | Otoe | Peketon | Richardson | Sequoyah | Shirley | St. John | Washington (old) | Weller | Wise

Major Repositories

Kansas Historical Society · Wichita State University Library · University of Kansas Library · National Orphan Train Complex · National Archives Central Plains Region (Kansas City) · Family History Library

Migration Routes

Abilene Trail · California Trail · Cherokee Trail · Chisholm Trail · Great Western Cattle Trail · Jones and Plummer Trail · Leavenworth Pike's Peak Express · Mormon Trail · Oregon Trail · Santa Fe Trail · Smoky Hill Trail · Texas Road or Shawnee Trail · Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway

Featured Content

The Kansas Historical Society holds one of the largest newspaper collections in the United States. They have almost every newspaper that was printed in Kansas (well over 61,000 volumes) and more than 12,000 out-of-state-volumes. These papers are in the Newspaper and Census Division, and many are on microfilm.

Research Tools

  • The The Kansas GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Did You Know?

  • The Kansas Historical Society at http://www.kshs.org/ has several important facilities for genealogists. The Reference Library houses printed materials and the Department of Archives maintains original records of Kansas government jurisdictions, newspapers, and other historical documents. The Manuscript Department has unpublished papers, maps, and photographs.
  • The Kansas Historical Society announced the launch of Kansas Memory, an ongoing digital project. This online site will feature the largest collection of photographs and manuscripts from Kansas history.
  • Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Kansas were the Methodist-Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ. Read more about the availability of church records in the Kansas Church Records article.
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