Local History

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
    Christian Lutheran Church

     Highland Methodist Presbyterian Church

     Saint John Baptist Church

     Saint Benedict Catholic Church

     Saint Mary’s Catholic Church

     Severance Christian Church

Doniphan County Schools 

     Brenner School

     Doniphan County Graduations

     Doniphan County Educational Directory 1953 – 1954

Bendena High School:

      Bendena High School Yearbooks

Denton School:

     Denton Alumni History

Doniphan West High School:

     Doniphan West High School Yearbooks

Elwood School:

     Elwood Grade And High School Yearbooks

Highland High School:

     Highland High School Yearbooks

Midway High School:

        Midway High School Yearbooks

Severance School:

         Severance Grade and High School Yearbooks

Sparks School:

          Sparks Grade School Yearbooks

Troy High School:

     First Graduate Class of Troy High School

     Trojan Trumpet

     Troy High School Yearbooks

Wathena High School:

     Wathena School

     Wathena High School Banquet

     Wathena High School Yearbooks

Jackson County, Kansas Schools 

     Whiting Rural High School Yearbooks

     Jackson Heights High School Yearbooks

Doniphan County Cemetery Inventory – by Speedy and Gail Stewart

Doniphan Town Site

Elwood City Historical Documents

Fanning Historical Documents

Highland Historical Documents

Leona Historical Documents

Severance Historical Documents

Troy City Historical Documents

Wathena City Historical Documents

Vertical Files

Miscellaneous Documents:

4-H News


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.

The Photograph Collection

Photos donated to the library.  Contains photographs of Doniphan County people, businesses, and events.

Microfilm – The following are available at the Troy Branch:

Federal and State Census records for Doniphan County from 1854-

Various Newspapers

Name Of Newspaper

Issue Years

Other Helpful Resources

Access Genealogy (Ioway Tribe) – Free links to Ioway tribe history and census. 

Doniphan County GenWeb

Family Search – Doniphan County – Links for Doniphan County information (Must have free account to login and use)

Ioway Cultural Institute – Free links to Ioway History and genealogy links.

A History of Doniphan County Schools (from a book written in 1893)

K. Roger Pyle’s Doniphan County 1882 Plat book

William G Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas
-Doniphan County section