You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Kansas
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Kansas brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Kansas
Trace your Kansas ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Kansas’ history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Kansas research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Kansas guide:
- The federal government enumerated Kansas Territory in 1860, then began recording the state’s citizens every 10 years starting in 1870. State/territorial censuses were taken every 10 years beginning in 1865.
- Kansas began recording births and deaths on the state level in 1911. Earlier records are incomplete and housed variably in the town, city or county clerk’s office.
- After the Homestead Act of 1862, Kansas’ population skyrocketed. Find homestead records (land patents) through the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.