Kansas Compiled Genealogies
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. One major genealogical collection is the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection includes transcripts of marriage and death records, obituaries, and wills, as well as Bible, cemetery, and church records. The collection was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and is on 20 films at the Family History Library (see KANSAS— GENEALOGY in the Family History Library Catalog). The volumes are generally arranged by county, and many have individual indexes.
The Kansas State Historical Society has biographical scrapbooks and records of early pioneers and a card index of various sources.
Genealogies compiled by descendants of Kansas settlers have been published in:
- The Forgotten Settlers of Kansas. Vols. 1-17. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, 1983. (Family History Library book 978.1 D25f.) These volumes include applications and pedigree charts submitted for certification.
- Rooney, Doris Dockstader, et al. Kansas Genealogical Society Six Generation Ancestor Tables. Dodge City, Kansas: Kansas Genealogical Society, 1976. (Family History Library book 978.1 D2r; film 1036302 item 12.) A second volume was published about 1989. FHL book 978.1 D2s.
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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