Genealogy and History

* = Home access requires a State of Kansas Library e-Card, available for free at the Library’s Reference desk.

Ancestry – Library Edition

Search records for free to discover your family’s history. In-library use on library computers only.

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.

Family Tree Magazine, available through Flipster

The premiere publication about genealogy and is a must-read for those who are passionate about their family history. Every issue covers the most effective investigative resources and provides reviews of the latest technologies, as well as guides and census reports on specific topics, such as ethnicity and geographical regions.

Gale Genealogy Connect*

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

HeritageQuest Online*

Collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.

History Reference Center*

Full text from 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books,150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, 78,000 biographies, 113,000 historical photos and maps, and 80 hours of historical video.

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

Collects, preserves and interprets material and information pertaining to state government and Kansas history.

Kansas History, 1854-1865

Kansas history from the territorial years through the Civil war.

Midwest Genealogy Center

The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers.

Military & Government Collections*

Current news, periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

National Archives and Records Administration

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.