Free Genealogy Resources

Library Databases And Resources

For research databases that can be accessed remotely you will need a current Library District 1 card.  Go to Search The Catalog and click log in to your account with the 13 digit number on the back of your Library District #1 card and password.  Once you are logged in go to the home page.  Links to the databases will appear at the bottom of the page.    


A popular genealogy resource. Provides access to census data, vital records, directories, photos, and other key genealogical research tools. 
Available at your local library.



Doniphan County Genealogy Website

This site is dedicated to providing genealogical information on residents of Doniphan County, Kansas, and its surrounding areas.

You do not need a user account to search this site.

 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s online research website.  Library District 1 is an affiliated library that allows you access to some records that are not accessible at home.  

You must register for a free personal account to use this database.

Offers access to past editions of newspapers from the United States and abroad. Search or browse the collection of 4,200+ titles .

Home access available for a limited time with your local library card

Databases Accessible With A Kansas State Library Card

You can apply at your local library for the Kansas State Library card which gives you access to many educational and genealogical resources.  See Digital Resources page for more information on those resources.  You will log in with your 6 digit Kansas State Library card number and birthdate to access this resource. For a complete listing of all databases available go to Kansas State Library Online Databases.

Provides access to original military records, including registration cards, pension files, and other records of service. 

Genealogy Connect is a collection of eBooks covering topics in genealogy best practices, Native American ancestry, colonial and revolutionary ancestry resources, immigration, royal and noble ancestry resources and more.  These resources can be easily searched and emailed, printed, downloaded, and saved. 

A genealogical tool offering primary resources, family histories, and finding aids. Includes 6 core data sets – US Federal Censuses, genealogical and local history books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and the US Congressional Serial Set.

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
     Christ Lutheran Church

     Highland Methodist Presbyterian Church

     Saint John Baptist Church

     Saint Mary’s Catholic Church

Doniphan County Schools 

     Brenner School

     Doniphan County Graduations

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

Troy City Historical Documents

Wathena City Historical Documents

Vertical Files

Miscellaneous Documents:

4-H News


Free Genealogy Databases

The following databases are free.  No login is required to use them.

Access Genealogy  – Links to free genealogy on African American, Native Americans and much more.

Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records:  The Bureau of Land Management has original land patents which can be searched online by state and name. You can view or order a copy of a patent online.

Cyndi’s List of genealogical sites on the internet:  The largest and best known list of Genealogy websites

Chronicling America  Offers access to past editions of historical newspapers from 1777 – 1963 in the United States.

Doniphan County GenWeb

Family Search:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s online research website. Their three big resources – International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File and Family History Library Catalog are all available here.  You must register for a free personal account to use this database.

Find a Grave:  Search over 70 million grave records, some of which include pictures of headstones and cemeteries and other information on your ancestors.

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

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Ioway Culture Institute – Links to the Ioway Genealogy.

Kansas Memory: Accessible anywhere. This database offers a broad, statewide selection of digitized Kansas maps, photographs, and other primary documents from the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society.

Roger Pyle’s Doniphan County 1882 Plat book

Sanborn Maps (Doniphan County) : Search U.S. fire insurance maps through the Library Of Congress.

Soldiers and Sailors Database:  Accessible anywhere. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.

The USGenWeb Project:  An outstanding volunteer effort to provide information on all the states and counties in the US. The sites vary but at a minimum have query pages and volunteer lookups. Also worth a visit is the USGenWeb Project Archives.

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