Kansas State Archives / Ancestry.com Partnership
The Kansas Historical Society is partnering with Ancestry.com to make records with genealogical information available via the Internet. Ancestry.com digitized a variety of paper and microfilm records from the State Archives. Access to these records is free to Kansans who verify their residence via driver’s license or state ID card information.
Since we are not saving any of the data you provide to receive free access to the Kansas records page on Ancestry, you will need to register each time you want to do a search. In the future, we hope that we can provide more convenient access after you register initially.
We are pleased that our partnership with Ancestry has made online access to these records possible. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently available via the Kansas resident portal or to anyone with an Ancestry membership:
Kansas State Census Records (1865-1925—taken every 10 years for each year ending in "5")
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935
Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments, 1862, 1863, 1868
Grand Army of the Republic, Bound Post Records, 1866-1931
Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972
Russell County Vital and Probate Records (J. C. Ruppenthal Collection)
Vital Records Abstracts
World War I, Kansas Veterans, Manuscript Collection no. 49 Letters, military documents, photographs, and other documents providing information on Kansas soldiers in World War I, primarily members of the 35th and 89th Divisions. Items solicited from each veteran or his family included letters, especially from overseas; a photograph; and a brief biography containing date and place of birth, residence, parents' names, occupation, and names of spouse and children. The amount of information in each file varies greatly.
United Spanish-American War Veterans, Reports of Deaths, 1945-1970 (TAPS)
NOTE: Access to the library edition of Ancestry is available in the Historical Society's State Archives research room.
Ancestry has also ingested the following databases from the KSHS web site:
Population Schedules: Counties, 1953-1978
Population Schedules: Cities, 1919-1961
Agricultural Statistical Rolls, ca. 1873-1984
WWI Enlistment and Discharge Records, 1917-1919
United Spanish War Veterans Records, 1898-ca. 1975.
Military History Collection; (19th Cavalry & Camp Funston)
City Directories (selected)