Local History

From our Genealogy Experts: Johnson County, Kansas

Explore Johnson County marriage records, cemetery information, a local obituary index, collections of digitized photos and newspapers and links to much more.

Guide from our Librarians: Research Johnson County

Research Johnson County with these helpful resources including info about local properties and homes, local news and statistics about Kansas and Johnson County.

JoCoHistory Collections

Historical photographs, newspapers, maps and more documenting the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

JoCoHistory Obituary Index

Citations for obituaries from local newspapers dating from the late 19th century to the present.

Kansas City and Regional Newspapers

Full articles from many Kansas City and regional newspapers.

July 2024: New content is currently delayed due to a NewsBank technical issue.

Kansas City Jewish Community Digital Archive

Historical documents, newspapers and images related to congregations, Jewish organizations and other areas of Jewish life in the Kansas City area. Includes digitized copies of The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle digitized from Johnson County Library's collection.

Kansas City Star Image Edition

Flip through full-page images of The Kansas City Star Image Edition, a digital replica of the print newspaper.


  • July 2024: New editions of the paper are currently delayed due to a NewsBank technical issue.
  • The publisher currently does not provide Saturday or "Extra" eEdition content to NewsBank.

Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865

Primary source documents from Kansas history from 1854 - 1865.

Kansas Memory

Explore digitized primary sources covering a wide range of topics from the Kansas Historical Society.

Olathe News

Full-text coverage of the Olathe News from December 2006 to 2015.