Accessible anywhere. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
Genealogy and Local History
Accessible anywhere. Managed by the Thomas R. Smith Map Collection at the University of Kansas, this collection includes aerial photographs of Douglas County and the KU Campus from 1937-1991.
This database of genealogical resources includes the complete U.S. Census, a multitude of city directories, Find-A-Grave records, military records such as draft registration cards and muster rolls, immigration records such as passenger lists and naturalization records, the Social Security Death Index, and birth, marriage, and death records (coverage varies by state). Now available at home with your library card number and PIN!
This series of National Park Service-quality panels are the first of their kind on the Lawrence Loop trail and serve as an outdoor museum. They feature original historic narratives written and researched by academics and local historians. Vintage photographs, maps and other images from local, state and national archives enhance the exhibits. Installed along the paved 1.7-mile Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park path running from 11th Street to 23rd Street, the panels provide insight to Lawrence’s unique history and cultural identity.
The Chronicling America project offers a searchable U.S. Newspaper Directory which can be narrowed by geographic coverage, date, language, ethnicity, and labor press (i.e., published for readers of a particular occupation or political philosophy, such as coal miners, dairy farmers, and/or socialists). Chronicling America also offers free access to a handful of digitized Kansas newspapers (such as the Kansas Herald of Freedom).
Accessible at home or at the library. The local history portal for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral history projects. A partnership of the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Community Museum, and the Douglas County Genealogical Society.
Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Accessible at home or at the library.
Accessible at home or at the library. Gale Genealogy Connect offers access to a wide range of fully searchable genealogical reference publications.
Accessible at home or at the library. HeritageQuest offers access to federal census records and city directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, slave schedules and Freedman’s Bank records, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, and a variety of published family and local histories.
Accessible anywhere. The Kansas Digital Newspapers program, managed by the Kansas State Historical Society, makes over 3 million Kansas newspapers freely available online.
Accessible at home or at the library. This database provides a core of primary source documents for the study of Kansas history, including state and regional histories, travel guides, biographies, speeches and more.
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.
Unlimited free access to the Lawrence Journal-World online is available at the Lawrence Public Library.
Scanned images of Lawrence Journal-World printed newspapers, 1911 to 2009. Some issues not available.
Accessible anywhere. This website makes available online a rich collection of oral history interviews with African Americans in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas.
Accessible anywhere. Prepared for the National Park Service, this document provides historic context for the periods of development in Lawrence’s built environment.
The Kansas State Historical Society provides Kansas residents with free access to historical Kansas newspapers through Newspaper.com. A valid Kansas driver's license or ID is required to access this resource.
This database is a vital resource for anyone researching the history of a home or building. Accessible at home or at the library.
Maintained by the City of Lawrence, this resource allows researchers to locate burial plots within the City’s cemeteries. Accessible anywhere.
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.
Accessible anywhere. The Kansas State Historical Society maintains a database of the historic properties listed on the State and National Registers.
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