Riley County Genealogical Society
Riley County Genealogical Society
The Best Genealogy Place in Riley County
We have a wealth of information about Riley County, the surrounding counties, and the families who settled here.
We are open:
Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM 
Wednesday & Saturday 1-4 PM
2005 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS  66502

The City of Many Names

Trail Markers

On June 22, the first of the Historical Plaques for the "Walking Thru History on the Linear Trail" project was dedicated.  Please check them out as they go up around Manhattan.  The first two are at Richards Drive and US 24 and Blue River Levee Drive.

Riley County Women in History

  Riley County Genealogical Society and Riley County Historical Museum have collaborated on a project about the history of several local women.   View their stories here. 
This coloring book was published by the Riley County Genealogical Society and the Riley County Historical Society in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.  It features twenty women, each with a connection to Riley County, who made a notable contribution to our history.

Download our coloring book of  drawings and information about 20 women who impacted Riley County here.

RL Court House
Friday, August 16
August Roundtable
Please join us for an open discussion of all things related to Family History.  We encourage supporting our host with a purchase of coffee or another item.
Sunday, August 18
The City of Many Names: The Hartford Steamboat Crash and the Naming of Manhattan
On June 3rd, 1855, Chestina Bowker Allen, New England immigrant and homesteader, wrote in her diary, “The City of many names last called Bluemont is now permanently named Manhattan.” Whether or not the fledgling town on the Prairie would survive depended on good weather, lots of luck, and a ...