Riley County Genealogical Society Library

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Riley County Genealogical Society Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



2005 Claflin Road
Manhattan, Kansas 66502-3415

Telephone:[2] 785-565-6495

Hours and holidays: ?

Map and public transportation

Internet sites and databases:

  • Riley County Genealogical Society who we are, events, newsletter, catalog, membership, surname search, personalized research, Platt House Blog, family stories, cemeteries, links, and tips.
  • Library Holdings genealogy, local history, cemeteries, census, probate, books, and periodicals.
  • Library Card Catalog online. Search by subject, location, title, author, call number, county, or surname.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Riley County Genealogical Society Library has pre-Civil War records that are excellent for Kansas. Early settlers are documented by obituaries, family folders, and some good indexes.[3]

The RCGS Library has 1175 genealogies especially for Riley County, county-city-town-church and other local histories, computer and microfilm censuses including the KS agricultural schedules, and 1855 territorial census, county probate records 1856-1939, newspaper abstracts for Riley and surrounding counties, and material for nearly all Kansas counties, most states, and many foreign countries.[4]

RCGS members also hold meetings, classes, and other events, make research suggestions, maintain surname and cemetery lists, and serve at the Manhattan Public Library.[1]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Riley County Genealogical Society Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Home in Riley County Genealogical Society (accessed 19 February 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Contact Us in Riley County Genealogical Society (accessed 19 February 2016).
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Library Holdings in Riley County Genealogical Society (accessed 19 February 2016).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  7. Research Library in American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (accessed 3 February 2016).
  8. Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator,, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts,
  9. Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 4 February 2016).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 148. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 237. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
  13. Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Shawnee County (accessed 8 February 2016).
  14. KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
  15. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  17. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).