Kansas Archives and Libraries

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

Kansas State Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
Telephone: 913-272-8681 Ext. 117
Fax: 913-272-8682
Internet: http://www.kshs.org/

The Kansas State Historical Society 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and the Department of Archives maintains original records of Kansas government jurisdictions, newspapers, and other historical documents. The Manuscript Department has unpublished papers, maps, and photographs.

National Archives—Central Plains Region
2312 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
Telephone: 816-926-6934
Fax: 816-926-6982
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city/

Kansas Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 103
Dodge City, KS 67801
Telephone: 620-225-1951

Internet: http://www.kgs-genlibrary.com Kansas State Library
State Capitol Building
Room 343 N
300 SW 10th
Topeka, KS 66612-1593
Telephone: 913-296-3296
Fax: 913-296-6650
Internet: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/KSL/

University of Kansas
Spencer Research Library—Kansan Collections
Lawrence, KS 66045-2800
Telephone: 913-864-4274
Fax: 913-864-5803
Internet: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/sc/newamericanpoetry.shtml

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.

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Kansas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

Web Sites

USGenWeb  http://www.usgenweb.org/

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Roots-L http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/  

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline (30972), 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.


The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.