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- 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
- 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
- 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.