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1867 Kansas map, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Kansas

Statehood: 29 Jan 1861
34th state of the United States

Bordering states:
North: Nebraska
South: Oklahoma
East: Missouri
West: Colorado

Capital: Topeka

Largest city: Wichita

Map: Kansas, 1867
(click map to enlarge)
Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Counties: Original counties as listed in the 1861 Kansas Wyandotte Constitution, Article 10, Sect. 3: Allen, Anderson, Arapahoe, Atchison, Bourbon, Breckinridge, Brown, Butler, Chase, Clay, Coffey, Davis, Dickinson, Doniphan, Dorn, Douglas, Franklin, Godfrey, Greenwood, Hunter, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lykins, Madison, Marshall, McGee, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Washington, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte. Kansas County Creation Dates and Parent Counties. Counties in 2020: 105.

Resources

Personal Library

Montgomery County

Images of American, Independence, Andy Taylor, 2014.
Door of Hope Orphanage, p. 102. Note: Names of those in photo are incorrect.
The Unfolding of the Scroll, 1871–1971, A History of Caney, Kansas, 1971.

Independence, Kansas High School Yearbooks


Scanned Independence, Kansas High School yearbooks are available on the Independence Public Library website. at Independence Public Library, Yearbooks 1911-2017.

Yearbooks in Personal Library:

Orange and Black, 1921, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1921.
Orange and Black, 1921, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1921
Also available online. Doyle Hooper, p. 42, 53,
1940 Orange and Black, Citizenship for Democracy, Students of the Senior Class Independence, Kansas, 1940.
1940 Orange and Black, Citizenship for Democracy, Students of the Senior Class Independence, Kansas, 1940.
Also available online.
Evelyn Phillis, p. 39, 55, 92.
The 1941 Orange and Black, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1941.
The 1941 Orange and Black, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1941.
Orange and Black, 1942, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1942.
Orange and Black, 1942, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1942.
Orange and Black, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1943.
Orange and Black, 1943, Students of Independence, Kansas High School, 1943.

Virtual Libraries

State of Kansas

The Annals of Kansas, Daniel Webster Wilder, 1886.

Cherokee County

History of Cherokee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens, Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904.

Montgomery County

A Guide to Historic Homes in Independence, Ken D. Brown, 1993.

History of Montgomery County, Kansas,
L. Wallace Duncan, 1903.
Mary Ann Irwin Clifford biographical sketch, p. 725. Thomas B. Clifford biographical sketch, p. 768.

Independence: Our Historic Homes, Ken D. Brown, 1978.

Independence: The Way We Were, Ken D. Brown, 1980.

Planters of opportunity, 1870-1900 : Cherry Township, Montgomery County, Kansas, Robert A. VanDyne, n.d.

Wilson County

Neodesha, Kansas, 1916 city directory, Heritage Genealogy Society Reprint, 1972.

Newspapers

Newspapers.com: Kansas

Newspapers Archive: Kansas

Genealogy Bank: Kansas

Chronicling America, digitized: Kansas

NewsLibrary: Kansas

Community History Archive Newspapers: Kansas

Small Town Newspapers
(Scroll to Kansas)

Independence Daily Reporter, Independence Public Library

Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites

1861 Kansas Wyandotte Constitution

Kansas Genealogical Society & Online Library

Kansas Historical Society, Genealogy indexes

Kansas Memory
(Kansas Historical Society)

Kansas University Library Digital Collections

Crawford County

Crawford County Genealogical Society, Pittsburg Public Library. Index of holdings.

Montgomery County

Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center

Montgomery County Cemetery Records Part 1
(Independence Public Library)

Montgomery County Cemetery Records Part 2
(Independence Public Library)

Obituary Index, W. A. Rankin Memorial Library, Neodesha, Wilson County

Additional Websites

GenWeb: Cherokee County

Index to Obituaries in The Pittsburg (Crawford County, Kansas) Morning Sun, 1975-2004.

Maps

Property Ownership Maps or Plat Books, Kansas Historical Society

Kansas Maps, Library of Congress

KansasLandowner Maps, Library of Congress

Interactive Map of Kansas County Formation History, Maps of U.S.

Historical Maps Works: Kansas

Montgomery County

Atlas and Plat Book of Montgomery County

Manuscripts

Kansas Manuscripts, Archive Grid

Kansas Manuscripts, Library of Congress

Printed Materials, Kansas Memory

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Frequently used record sets

Births

Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911 FamilySearch records (Ancestry)

Marriages

Kansas, County Marriage Records, 1811-1911
Marriage RecordsKansas Marriages. Various Kansas County District Courts and Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas
(Ancestry)

Kansas, County Marriages, 1855-1911
FamilySearch records (Ancestry)

Deaths and Burials

Kansas, Deaths and Burials, Index, 1885-1930
FamilySearch records (Ancestry)

Kansas, Cemetery Records, 1812-1981
Kansas Cemetery Records. Miscellaneous Cemetery Records. Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas (Ancestry)

Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987
Kansas, County, District and Probate Courts
(Ancestry)

Kansas, Vital Record Abstracts, 1854-2009
Vital Record Abstracts. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas Historical Society (Ancestry)

Census and people related

Kansas, City and County Census Records,
1919-1961

State Board of Agriculture. Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls: Cities (1919–1961). Kansas State Historical Society, Archives Division, Topeka, Kansas (Ancestry)

Military

Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889
Enrollment of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors, their Widows and Orphans, 1889. Unit ID #190462, 69 volumes. Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas (Ancestry)

Kansas, World War I Veteran’s Benefits Enrollment Forms, 1930
Enrollment of World War One Veterans or Their Widows and Orphans, 1930. 43 rolls. Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas (Ancestry)

Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917-1919
Compilation of Kansas State Historical Society (Ancestry)

Kansas, World War II Selective Service Index, 1940-1946
WWII Kansas Draft Board Records Index. Kansas Historical Society. (Ancestry)

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