Genealogy and History
Some of the sites below require a Kansas Library eCard, which is available for free. Call Reference at 913-682-5666 ext. 2100 to request an eCard or apply online.
* = Home access requires a Kansas Library e-Card
Ancestry – Library Edition – access available only within the library
Search records for free to discover your family’s history. Access on library computers.
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.
Free resources from the premiere publication about genealogy.
Premier collections of original military records including stories, photos, and personal documents from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.
Searchable records and images of nearly 1.8 million emancipated slaves during the years 1865 to 1878, including marriages, military records, complaints and requests for various types of assistance.
Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.
Collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
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text from 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books,150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, 78,000 biographies, 113,000 historical photos and maps, and 80 hours of historical video.
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 government publications, resources and information available from the State Library of Kansas.
Collects, preserves and interprets material and information pertaining to state government and Kansas history.
Kansas history from the territorial years through the Civil war.
The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers.
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. Local and regional information is available through the National Archives at Kansas City.
A collection of the history of each branch of the military, including wars, battles, letters and interviews of service members.