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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July 26
Pawnee Indians
"Pawnee Sacred Places" by Pat O'Brian
August 30
The Many Faces of the Kansas Civil War
"The Many Faces of the Kansas Civil War" by Roy Bird
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 ...
March 14
Geary County Historical Society 1950's exhibit
Exhibit opens March 14, 2015.   The Geary County Historical Society is excited to announce the opening of the new exhibit He Didn’t Wear a Top Hat, which explores the changing world of the 1950s. New multidimensional displays, including a grocery store and a hair salon, show what life ...