Leavenworth Kansas Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 1020 Limit St Leavenworth Kansas 66048-4205 United States
  • The Center is open to all members of the public for family history and genealogical research, and for indexing through FamilySearch.
  • Parking for the Center is on the north side of the building. The north door is often locked for security, so push the buzzer to the upper left of the door, and a consultant will let you in.
  • Handicap entrances and parking are available--please call and let us know if you need to use those, and a consultant will meet you at those entrances to let you in the building, which is ADA compliant.
  • There is no charge for use of the Center except for incidental printing. Free CD-ROMs are available for storing data and discoveries.

Phone:

  • 913-682-7729 An answering machine is available to leave messages. You will receive a return call within 48 hours.

E-mail:

  • KS_Leavenworth@LDSmail.net

Open Hours: currently

  • Tuesday: 9:00am-12:00pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Thursday: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • The center is available other times by appointment. Please call during Wednesday or Thursday open times to schedule such with the director.

The Center, because of the design of the building, is closed during severe storm or tornado warnings or watches. Please call ahead if there are warnings or watches for Leavenworth county or surrounding counties.




Calendar and Events

Events:

The Temple and Family History Center will be CLOSED Wednesday November 22 and Thursday November 23, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Class Schedule: 

If your organization desires special family history training please contact us to discuss options.  Our Temple and Family History Consultants are available for instruction anywhere in Leavenworth county.   

Staff Training:  

The Center trains volunteers in family history research and in Family Search Indexing, plus the use of the premium research websites available at the Center, and welcomes those interested in volunteering.


Center Resources

Collections

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: As of 1 September 2017, microfilms and microfiche will no longer be available for loan through the Temple and Family History Center. Progress digitizing the collection held by the LDS Church is rapid, and all records in those holdings should be digitized by 2020. Permanent loan films and fiche will still be available after September 1, but we do not know how long we will get to keep those, or the readers we have, after that date. As of now, the last day for ordering films or fiche will be 31 August 2017.
Please check in to this page occasionally so we can keep you posted.
  • FamilySearch Catalog: The Center has the ability to view films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • The Center has a sizeable collection of items on microfilm and microfiche, not yet digitized, on permanent loan from the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • The Center owns a collection of microfilms of early records from Leavenworth area funeral homes. We are working on digitizing these into a permanent format, for use after we no longer will have our film/fiche readers.
  • We have bound copies of data collections (state censuses, naturalization records, marriage records, etc.) from Leavenworth and surrounding counties in Kansas.
  • We also own bound collections of county and state genealogical society newsletters, which contain lists and other excellent information hiding among their pages.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal The Center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • The Center has two microfiche/microfilm readers and six computers available for Family History research.  The film and fiche readers will be phased out once the collection the Center films from becomes completely digitized--target date of 2019. The last day to order microfilms or microfiche is 31 August 2017.
  • Patrons may also bring their own laptop or tablet computers for personal family history or research. 
  • To protect our computer systems and patrons, and to maintain a family-friendly environment, Internet access is limited by filtering software and Internet activity may be monitored. 
  • Users should have no expectation of privacy when accessing the Internet from the Family History Center.  Anyone engaging in any activity deemed inappropriate by family history center staff will be asked to leave. 

Resources in the Local Area

Leavenworth Public Library

Leavenworth City Kansas Homepage

Leavenworth County Kansas Homepage

Links

Digital Library of the KSGenWeb        KS Genweb Internet Genealogy Society site

Leavenworth County Biographies        KS Genweb Internet Genealogy Society site

Leavenworth County Obituaries          KS Genweb Internet Genealogy Society site

Leavenworth County Cemeteries        KS Genweb Internet Genealogy Society site

Leavenworth County Census records 1860, 1870, 1875, 1885 - KS Genweb Internet Genealogy Society site

Leavenworth County, Kansas: Family History & Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records & More (Linkpendium site)

Leavenworth County, Kansas: Cemetaries (Linkpendium site)

Kansas Historical Society Leavenworth Page




Volunteer at the Center

The Center trains volunteers in family history and in Family Search Indexing, and welcomes those interested in volunteering.  

Other organizations are also seeking volunteers for genealogical research in Leavenworth.  See the ongoing research projects at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/leavenwo/main.htm