Riley County Genealogical Society
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22  7am - 7pm
Greater Manhattan Community Foundation
When you make a donation to your favorite participating non profit endowment, Manhattan Community Foundation will match it by 50%.  This includes donations made to the RCGS endowment fund.
Individual donations to participating organizations on Wednesday, April 22nd, ranging from $25 to $1,000 per organization will receive a local match at 50 cents per dollar, so a $1,000 gift will receive a $500 match. Online gifts by credit card will be eligible. 
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New Books in the Library
  • Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas, 1870- 1920: Pioneer Histories and Stories was written by members of the Ford County Historical society and published in 1996. The book includes a history of the Dodge City area while the remainder of the book is offers family histories Including portraits and group pictures.
  • Rush County...125 Years in Story and Pictures contains stories and photographs, from prehistoric times up to the beginning of the new millennium. The book is organized around the various communities within the county and offers a good historical perspective of the founders and the development of the county.
  • The History and Heritage of Gove County, Kansas focuses on historical happenings within Gove County, the growth of ranches and communities, communication, churches, schools and industries. 
Area Newspapers Online
  • Wamego Public Library has established a digital archive of newspapers from Wamego and surrounding areas.  Anyone can digitally search these newspapers.   
Margaret Parker & Marcia Schuley
Transcribe Health and Vital Statistics Records
Our Website
was made possible by assistance from Sue Smith.  We are truly grateful.

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April 19
The Orphan Train Movement 1854-1929
Presenter: Shaley George Title of Program: The Orphan Train Movement 1854-1929. Shaley George, Curator Orphan Train Museum, 300 Washington St. / PO Box 322 Concordia, KS 66901 The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children ...
April 22
GMCF Grow Green Match Day for donations to Riley Co. Genealogical Society
Grow Green Match Day on Tuesday, April 22 holds incredible opportunity for Riley Co. Genealogical Society. On that day, the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation will match donations made to our endowment fund—our long-term savings— and we could potentially receive more than a $10,000 match.  Here’s how it works:   ...
April 28
Organizing to Tell Your Family Story
Now that you’ve gathered mountains of research this spring, what do you do with it? Riley County Genealogical Society experts will share how to keep your research organized so you can begin telling your family story. Guests of RCGS will be present with examples of their own completed projects, with ...
May 31
Black History in Kansas: Nicodemus preserves its heritage
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2:00 pm Location: Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, 629 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS Presenter: LaBarbara Wigfall Title of Program: Black History in Kansas: Nicodemus preserves its heritage   LaBarbara Wigfall, Associate professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. She helped the small Kansas town of ...