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This entry was originally written by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG and Mary Clement Douglass, CGRS for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Kansas Family History Research series.
History of Kansas
Kansas Vital Records
Census Records for Kansas
Background Sources for Kansas
Kansas Maps
Kansas Land Records
Kansas Probate Records
Kansas Court Records
Kansas Tax Records
Kansas Cemetery Records
Kansas Church Records
Kansas Military Records
Kansas Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Kansas Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Kansas County Resources
Map of Kansas


Robert W. Baughman’s Kansas in Maps, first published in 1969 by the Kansas State Historical Society, contains ninety maps. It was reprinted in 1988 by the Patrice Press in St. Louis.

A good series of maps showing the expansion and development of Kansas counties was published in Kansas State Historical Society’s volume 8 of Transactions. These maps were later reprinted by Kansas Genealogical Society, in Dodge City, in the TreeSearcher (April 1966–January 1967).

The map collection at Kansas State Historical Society includes 21,000 maps and architectural drawings. The maps were produced by government agencies, railroads, map publishers, and individuals. Researchers may request information regarding specific geographic locations and time periods, including the Kansas Dead Town List for those towns no longer in existence.

Indispensable for finding locations of rural cemeteries, churches, land holdings, township and range lines, section numbers, water courses, and other structures are the General Highway Maps (by county name), available from the Kansas Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Planning, 915 Harrison, Rm. 754, Docking State Office Bldg., Topeka, KS 66612-1568. These maps are inexpensive, about $2 per county.

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