Riley County Genealogical Society
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  RCGS Genealogy Website
New Books in the Library
‚ÄčThree historical ledgers, used to record vital statistics In Riley County and the City of Manhattan, are now available in print and digital format at Riley County Genealogical Society Library:
  • Marriage, birth and death records, 1885-1886
  • Vital statistics records, 1892-1909, No. 1, Riley County
  • Heath officer’s record of births, deaths, and contagious diseases, 1909-1911

These ledgers provide much more than just dates. Details of births, deaths, nativity of parents and maiden names offer clues to the genealogist. All Surnames have been added to the RCGS website and the records may be read by members.

Research Tools

1881 Historical Platt Maps
Kansas Memories at the Kansas Historical Society provides online historical Platt Maps of Riley County and a few other counties. The Riley County 1881 Platt Book contains histories, maps, biographical sketches and views of residences, schools and businesses.

Newspapers online 
Many Kansas newspapers are now online. To access them, click on this link:  Kansas Digital Newspapers         
Sunday Meeting in June
Barbara Wigfall, Associate professor of landscape architecture and regional community planning discusses the founding of Nicodemus, KS by black slaves in 1877.
Our Website........was made possible by assistance from Sue Smith.  We are truly grateful.

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August 30
The Many Faces of the Kansas Civil War
"The Many Faces of the Kansas Civil War" by Roy Bird
September 26
Photography from My Grandparent and Me For Our Genealogy Tree
Saturday, 2-3:30pm, Sept. 26 Location:       UFM, 1221 Thurston Street, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 Fee: $9 for adult & child -- enroll at or call 785-539-8763   This class is sponsored by UFM Community Learning Center and Riley County Genealogical Society.
September 27
Family Search Indexing
Family Search Volunteer Indexing Training   If you are interested in volunteering for a project to index documents that will be displayed on the Family Search website, Vickie Hiebert will present a program to teach you how to do this INDEXING.   Hiebert will use the Manhattan Public Library Computer Room.  This is ...
October 24
Stories from My Grandparent and Me - For Our Genealogy Tree
Stories from My Grandparent and Me - For Our Genealogy Tree      10-11:30am, Saturday, October 24  Riley County Genealogical Society Library               2005 Claflin Road, Manhattan, Kansas 66502               Class fee $9 (adult & child) -- enroll at ...