From our Genealogy Experts: Online Genealogy Resources

Research Guide

From our Genealogy Experts: Online Genealogy Resources

A selection of our favorite resources focusing on Kansas and Missouri records, cemeteries and death indexes, immigration records and more.

In addition to the rich genealogy resources available through the Library, our experts highly recommend the following online resources to continue your research locally, nationally and beyond.

Kansas and Missouri

Black Archives of Mid-America
Plan a visit and browse through online galleries and finding aids. 

Kansas Digital Newspapers
The Kansas Historical Society manages access to select historic Kansas newspapers via two digital partners: Chronicling America and (free access for Kansans requires Kansas driver's license/state ID verification).

Kansas Memory
This online collection offers a wide range of primary source photos and documents from the Kansas Historical Society as well as articles from their Kansas History magazine.

Marriage Records, Jackson County, Missouri
Marriage records (applications and licenses) issued by Jackson County are available and searchable at this site.

Midwest Genealogy Center
This well-known library on the far east side of the metropolitan Kansas City area is considered one of the top 10 genealogy libraries in the country. Their collection consists of almost 750,000 titles and extensive online resources. Open to the public.

Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1964
This index of deaths in Missouri can be searched by last name, first name, date and county. A copy of the original certificate can be printed, providing valuable personal information.

State Historical Society of Missouri Collections
Explore collections of newspapers, maps, oral histories and more with a focus on Missouri history. Includes digital collections accessible online as well as finding aids for materials physically held by the State Historical Society of Missouri.

State of Kansas Office of Vital Statistics
Request birth, death, marriage and divorce records for the state of Kansas.

Cemeteries and Death Indexes

Cemetery Records Online from
A leading genealogical resource for burial records and tombstone inscriptions.

Death Indexes – USA, by State
Online searchable death indexes, alphabetical by state, including some obituary and cemetery indexes. Please note that some databases on this site that require a fee can be searched at no cost at any Johnson County Library through Ancestry Library Edition.

Find a Grave
Access and add to an extensive online database of cemetery records.

Immigration Records
Offers free access to information on 10 million immigrants who entered this New York port from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.

Ellis Island Records Online
A database of 22 million records of immigrant arrivals through New York Harbor from 1892 to 1924.

Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes & Records
These online naturalization indexes are available for most states and Canada.

U.S. Ports of Arrival and their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957
Find passenger lists for U.S. ports, plus Canadian and Mexican border crossing records.


Access Genealogy
Provides links to resources in all states with strong content on Native Americans.

Association of Professional Genealogists
Locate a professional genealogy researcher.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
Hosted by the National Park Service, this database contains information about soldiers, sailors, regiments, battles and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, with additional information to be added over time.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
More than 220,000 categorized and cross-referenced links.

Government Land Office – Land Patents, Bureau of Land Management
Search for information on the initial transfer of land titles from the federal government to individuals.

National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page
The gateway into federal records for genealogy research including census records, military records, immigration records (ship passenger lists), naturalization records and land records.

Our Black Ancestry
Free public access to a Black History Timeline and information updated annually, plus a blog, research tutorials, events and more.

The oldest and largest free online community for genealogists. Numerous research tools, surname lists, mailing lists, message boards and more.

USGenWeb Project
This project is a collaborative resource by a group of volunteers who provide electronic data useful for genealogical research in every state and county in the U.S. Volunteers adopt individual counties and add new information and maintain the site for the individual county.

Vital Records Information
Information about where to obtain vital records (birth, death, marriage, divorce, etc.) in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and foreign countries.

WorldGenWeb Project
An international volunteer project for genealogists researching ancestors outside the U.S.