Dick Taylor's

collection of reference sources for genealogists
looking for information about your KANSAS ancestors?
  Saturday, February 10, 2001 
Kansas Pioneers Project
  Rosana Whitenight
History of the State of Kansas
  EKIS HOK transcribers
Source List for Genealogy Research
  Don B. Dale
surnames from early-day Summerfield
  Dick Taylor
Orphan Trains of Kansas
  Connie DiPasquale
Crystal's Genealogy Site
  Crystal Schulte
St. Bridget Historical Society Page
  Tom Dolezal
Kansas State Historical Society
    Kansas newspapers
    How To Research
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Old Kansas Maps
  Kansas Collection
Kansas Interactive Genealogy
  Nancy Sween
Kansas Heritage Server
  Stephen Chinn
KSGenWeb homepage
  Tom & Carolyn Ward, Nancy Trice
    Kansas state coordinators
Elk County, KSGenWeb
  Barbara Kidwell, county coordinator
Geary County, KSGenWeb
  John Matthews, county coordinator
Greenwood County, KSGenWeb
  Debbie Wafford, county coordinator
Labette County, KSGenWeb
  Debbie Wafford, county coordinator
Marshall County, KSGenWeb
  Alice Allen, county coordinator
Montgomery County, KSGenWeb
  Barbara Kidwell, county coordinator
Pottawatomie County, KSGenWeb
  Rosana Whitenight, county coordinator
Wyandotte County, KSGenWeb
  Nancy Sween, county coordinator
Cyndi's List - KS
  Cyndi Howells






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Until the 19th century, the area was primarily the domain of various American Indian tribes.  And beginning around the mid-1840's, the Oregon Trail and the California Trail provided an overland route through northeastern Kansas Territory for emigrants seeking the Northwest and California.  Then leading southwesterly through Kansas about that same time, the Santa Fe Trail was used more as a channel for trade than a highway for emigration.  The government engaged in treaties with the Indians, but there were also hostilities.  Several tribes were relocated to Kansas from eastern states.

Kansas Territory was opened for other new settlers in 1854, and many of those who lived in Kansas before 1885 are listed in the Kansas Pioneers Project, a website maintained by Rosana Whitenight.

The first three decades of the 19th century Kansas settlement is covered in William G. Cutler's (aka Andreas') History of the State of Kansas.  Because of the success of Bonnie Bunce, John Matthews, Susan Stafford, Bob Mills, and all the volunteer transcribers, this large volume is available online.

Here's a very handy Source List for Genealogy Research assembled by Don B. Dale to help in pursuing your own family history.

Most of the people in this list of surnames were associated with Summerfield, KS, in 1888-89.

See Connie DiPasquale's wonderful Orphan Trains of Kansas gallery for accounts of youngsters from New York coming to families in Kansas.

For names associated with the Parish of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Marshall County, see Crystal's Genealogy Site and Tom Dolezal's St. Bridget Historical Society Page

Virtually every issue of any Kansas newspaper ever printed is available in the Kansas State Historical Society at Topeka, along with census, military, and a variety of other records.The KSHS How To Research web page provides instructions for acquistion of these materials and other information.

Subscribe to these e-mail discussionlists about Kansas, and then exchange helpful information with others.

Visit the Office of Vital Statistics when you're in downtown Topeka between weekday hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  For a $10 minimum fee, they'll search birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.  From anywhere, you can dial up (785) 296-1400 and select instructions on their phone menu.  They lack 800 toll-free access, but you can write to them at this address:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Vital Statistics
Room 151
900 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS
66612-2221

The Kansas Collection contains transcriptions of books and articles, photos and maps, references, bibliographies, and links to other Kansas websites.

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Here's a variety of Old Kansas Maps in the Kansas Collection.

Investigate Nancy Sween's Kansas Interactive Genealogy website, or browse Kansas Heritage, maintained by Stephen Chinn, and you'll find a variety of topics relating to people, places, and periods in history.

Nancy Trice is a coordinator in the USA GenWeb project.  Nancy collaborates with Tom & Carolyn Ward in maintaining KS GenWeb a great genealogy homepage linking Kansas county websites managed by individual volunteers.Elk County, KSGenWeb   Barbara Kidwell, coordinator
Geary County, KSGenWeb   John Matthews, coordinator
Greenwood County, KSGenWeb   Debbie Wafford, coordinator
Labette County, KSGenWeb   Debbie Wafford, coordinator
Marshall County, KSGenWeb   Alice Allen, coordinator
Montgomery County, KSGenWeb   Barbara Kidwell, coordinator
Pottawatomie County, KSGenWeb   Rosana Whitenight, coordinator
Wyandotte County, KSGenWeb   Nancy Sween, coordinator

Cyndi's List - Cyndi Howells' links to Kansas Genealogy Sites on the Internet


    Dick Taylor's GHOSTCHASER, 1995-2001    updated: II-X-MMI