Kansas Fast Facts and Key Resources

Kansas Fast Facts and Key Resources

Refer to these tips and tools to trace your Kansas ancestry.

? Statehood: 1861

? US territory status: 1854

? First federal census: 1860

? Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911

? Statewide marriage records begin: 1913

? Public-land state

? Counties: 36 in 1855; 105 today (boundaries set in 1893)

? Contact for vital records:Office of Vital Statistics Suite 120

Curtis State Office Building

1000 SW Jackson St.

Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 296-1400



? Cyndi’s List — Kansas


? Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery


? The History Gateway at Kansas


? The Kansas Collection <www.kancoll.org>

? Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies


? Kansas GenWeb Project


? Kansas Historical Quarterly


? Kansas History Online


? Kansas Native American Genealogy


? One Room School House Project


? Our Kansas Heritage



? 1001 Kansas Place Names by Sondra Van Meter McCoy (University Press of Kansas)

? The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

? Historical Atlas of Kansas by Homer E. Socolofsky and Huber Self (University of Oklahoma Press)

? The Kansas Library Book: A Surprising Guide to the Unusual Special Collections in Libraries Across Our State for Students, Teachers, Writers and Publishers by Carole Marsh (Gallopade International)

? Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas by James R. Shortridge (University Press of Kansas)

? Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna L. Stratton (Simon & Schuster)


? Ablah Library, Special Collections
Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, KS 67260, (316) 978-3481, <specialcollections.wichita.edu>
? Kansas Genealogical Society

Village Square Mall, 2601 Central Ave., Box 103, Dodge City, KS 67801, (620) 225-1951, <www.dodgecity.net/kgs>
? Kansas State Historical Society

6425 SW Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66615, (785) 272-8681, <www.kshs.org>
? Kansas State Library

State Capitol Building, 300 SW 10th St., Topeka, KS 66612, (800) 432-3919, <skyways.lib.ks.us/KSL>
? Midwest Historical and Genealogical Library

1203 N. Main St., Wichita, KS 67201, (316) 264-3611, <skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/mhgs/mhgs_library.htm>
? National Archives Central Plains Region

312 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 268-8000, <www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/kansas_ city.html>

? Salina Public Library
301 W. Elm St., Salina, KS 67401, (785) 825-4624, <www.salpublib.org>

? Topeka Genealogical Society
Box 4048, Topeka, KS 66604, (785) 233-5762, <www.tgstopeka.org>
From the August 2005 Family Tree Magazine  

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