Genealogy and Kansas History

* = database from the State Library of Kansas

Ancestry - Library Edition 

Search billions of records for free to discover your family's history.

Digital Kansas Sanborn Maps  

Ranging from 1883-1949 for Leavenworth, the Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical and genealogical tools. This service is provided by the University of Kansas Libraries.

Gale Genealogy Connect*   

Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.

HeritageQuest Online*  

HeritageQuest Online provides a growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Included are images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, plus over 25,000 family and local histories, all full-text and searchable.

Kansas Digital Newspapers  

The Kansas Digital Newspapers (KDN) program seeks to digitize and make available on the Internet digital editions of historic Kansas newspapers. Note: Digitized 'Leavenworth Times' from 1868 to 1922.  

Kansas Historical Society  

For people who have family with a Kansas background, the Kansas State Historical Society site may be of use. While there are not a large number of records available on-line, there are good explanations of what materials might be available in a personal visit.

Kansas History, 1854-1865

Kansas history from the territorial years through the Civil war. 

Midwest Genealogical Center  

The Midwest Genealogy Center located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO, is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history. The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers.


What is the National Archives ? The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.