Free GenealogyI’m interested in researching my family history. Where is the best place to go for that?
Outside Resources Available Through the Library:Ancestry Library Edition:
Accessible free only at a library branch. This database of genealogical resources includes the complete U.S. Census, a multitude of city directories, Find-A-Grave records, military records such as draft registration cards and muster rolls, immigration records such as passenger lists and naturalization records, the Social Security Death Index, and birth, marriage, and death records (coverage varies by state). Available at all Doniphan County library branches. Temporary access at home with current Library District 1 card.Heritage Quest:
Accessible at home or at the library with Kansas Library Card. HeritageQuest offers access to federal census records and city directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, slave schedules and Freedman’s Bank records, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, and a variety of published family and local histories.In addition to the newspapers that we hold in microfilm (see below), there are several possibilities for accessing Doniphan County newspapers online: Newspaper.com:
Offers free access to Kansans through the Kansas State Historical Society and makes available several Lawrence and Douglas County newspapers dating from the mid-1850s through 1922. Enter your name, Kansas DL or ID number, and your birth date for access to this archive. The Kansas State Historical Society also offers a searchable database of the newspapers in its collection.Chronicling America:
A project that offers a searchable U.S. Newspaper Directory which can be narrowed by geographic coverage, date, language, ethnicity, and labor press (i.e., published for readers of a particular occupation or political philosophy, such as coal miners, dairy farmers, and/or socialists).
Local Resources from the Library
Local Digital Resources:I addition to the information and files below, we have created our own Genealogy Website. Access to genealogy information including family histories, obituaries, and local cemetery information. Bear with us as we continue to add items. General Historic Documents Family Files (sorted by last name) Doniphan County Churches Brenner School
Bendena High School:
Bendena High School Yearbooks Doniphan West High School:
Highland High School:
Midway High School:Severance Grade and High School Yearbooks
Troy High School:
Wathena High School:Doniphan County Cemetery Inventory – by Speedy and Gail Stewart Doniphan Town Site Elwood City Historical Documents Fanning Historical Documents Highland Historical Documents Jackson County, Kansas Schools Whiting Rural High School Yearbooks Leona Historical Documents Troy City Historical Documents Wathena City Historical Documents Vertical Files Miscellaneous Documents:
Local Physical (nondigital) Resources:These are hard-copy resources available only at the Library branches. They are not available for check-out. The bulk of our physical collection of newspapers, birth and death announcements, military service records, etc. are at the Troy Library. The other branches also have small local genealogy collections that may help you research your family history. The Doniphan County Courthouse is just across the street from the Troy Branch, so it is very convenient to do research in Troy. Microfilm – The following are available at the Troy Branch:
- Federal and State Census records for Doniphan County from 1854-
- Various Doniphan County Newspapers Centennial State 1881 Coffeyville Earth 1913 Denton Journal 1897 Denton Wheel 1895 – 1896 Doniphan County Hustler 1898 Doniphan County Hustler 1906 – 1908 Doniphan County Hustler 1924 – 1928 Elwood Inquire 1965 Elwood Inquire 1967 Highland Vidette 1893 – 1898 Highland Vidette 1900 – 1973 Highland Vidette 1986 – 1994 Highlander 1924 Highlander 1950 Kansas Chief 1919 Kansas Chief 1920 – 1925 Kansas Chief 1927 Kansas Chief 1929 – 1993 Leona Sun 1896 Newspress 1877 – 1878 Severance News 1883 Severence News 1889 Severence News 1900 – 1906 Severence News 1908 – 1909 Severence News 1910 – 1926 Telephone 1906 – 1907 Troy Times 1886 – 1901 Wathena Advance 1878 Wathena Republic March 1900 – Dec 1900 Wathena Republic 1901 – 1906 Wathena Republic 1908 – 1910 Wathena Republic 1912 Wathena Republic 1914 Wathena Republic 1917 Wathena Star 1896 – 1897 Wathena Star 1899 – 1900 Wathena Times 1902 – 1907 Wathena Times 1930 – 1991 Wathena Times 1993 – 1993 Wathena Times 1995 Wathena Weekly Gazette July 1889 – Sept 1890 White Cloud Chief 1920 White Cloud Globe 1892 – 1921 White Cloud Review 1881 – 1885 White Cloud Review 1896 – 1897 White Cloud Review 1949
Photos donated to the library. Contains photographs of Doniphan County people, businesses, and events.
Local Cemetery Information
Funeral Home Records
Other Helpful Resources
National Archives–Kansas City: The Kansas City branch of the National Archives offers free access to a variety of databases. NARA holdings include census, immigration, military, naturalization, and land records.
State Archives & Library, Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th St. Topeka, KS. Open 9:00-4:30 T-F. Kansas newspapers on microfilm, Kansas history, some genealogical materials from other states, free access to ancestry.com. www.kshs.org
Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO. Part of Mid-Continent Library system, a 52,000 square-foot free-standing facility dedicated to genealogy. Strong Missouri collection, resources from all states. www.mymcpl.org/genealogy (816) 252-6272