Riley County Genealogical Society
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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. 
‚ÄčRecommended Reading
  • Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie and it’s sequel Pioneers of Riley County Ks 1855 – 1860 while not new, definitely worth reviewing for stories of early area settlers.These books tell the stories of families who settled Riley, Geary, Marshall, Clay, Pottawatomie, Washington and Wabaunsee Counties.  The books include over 1300 early family names found in this area.
Area Newspapers Online
  • Wamego Public Library has established a digital archive of newspapers from Wamego and surrounding areas.  Anyone can digitally search these newspapers.   
  • Do you have trouble figuring out cousin relationships.  Here is a simple way to explain how cousins are related.  Discover what it means to be a cousin "twice removed". 
Margaret Parker & Marcia Schuley
Transcribe Health and Vital Statistics Records
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March 10
Whether you are following up from Basic Ancestry.Com or just wanting a refresher on this expansive database, this workshop will give you the tools you need to further your family history search. Riley County Genealogical Society experts will demonstrate the bells and whistles of Ancestry.Com, as well as cover many ...
March 29
Low German Mennonite Settlers in Kansas
Elizabeth Black is the Outreach Program Manager for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Kansas.  Osher programs are offered across the state for adult learners.  Black has Mennonite roots and has studied the history of these early Kansas settlers.  She is an animated speaker and can make history come alive ...
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: Come ...