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Feature Article: GenealogyBank Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Kansas Statehood

Perhaps no state had a more violent entry into the Union than Kansas. Caught up in the struggle over slavery that would soon explode into the American Civil War, Kansas was the battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces for seven deadly years before the Blue and Gray took up arms against each other, earning Kansas Territory the nickname "Bleeding Kansas."

Abolitionists won the fierce struggle, and Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state on Jan. 29, 1861, as a free state. By that time six states had already seceded from the Union. In all, eleven states ended up seceding and forming the Confederate States of America, and the nation plunged into a civil war. For Kansas, however, the fighting had already been going on for seven long years.

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood, we have pulled together the Kansas resources in GenealogyBank's collections, to help you with your family history:

Search GenealogyBank's archive of Kansas newspapers (1841-1981) here:
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Kansas/
This includes 1.2 million articles about the lives of your Kansas ancestors.

Search the most recent Kansas obituaries (1984-Today) here:
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/obituaries/
This includes more than 615,000 obituaries.

Search Kansas entries in the Social Security Death Index here:
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/
This includes more than 770,000 entries.

Search additional historical documents and reports about Kansas here:
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/
This includes 19,000 documents and reports.

It's a great day for Genealogy—and a special day for Kansas!

Here is our title list of Kansas newspapers:

Title City Start End
       
Abilene Reflector-Chronicle Abilene 1999 Current (Obits only)
Adelante Topeka 1972 1977
Advocate Kansas City 1916 1926
Afro-American Advocate Coffeyville 1891 1893
Afro-American Review Salina 1915 1915
American Coffeyville 1898 1899
American Citizen Kansas City 1897 1907
American Citizen Topeka 1888 1889
American Times Wichita 1908 1908
Atchison Argus Atchison 1892 1894
Augusta Daily Gazette Augusta 2001 Current (Obits only)
Benevolent Banner Topeka 1887 1887
Blade Hutchinson 1919 1922
Capital Plaindealer Topeka 1936 1938
Chanute Tribune Chanute 1998 Current (Obits only)
Coffeyville Herald Coffeyville 1908 1908
Coffeyville Vindicator Coffeyville 1904 1906
Colored Citizen Topeka 1897 1900
Colored Citizen Wichita 1903 1904
Colored Patriot Topeka 1882 1882
Columbus Advocate Columbus 2008 Current (Obits only)
Daily American Citizen Kansas City 1898 1900
Derby Reporter Derby 2000 2008 (Obits only)
Dodge City Daily Globe Dodge City 2005 Current (Obits only)
Eagle Weir City 1887 1900
El Dorado Times El Dorado 2001 Current (Obits only)
Emporia Citizen Emporia 1932 1932
Emporia Gazette Emporia 1896 1897
Emporia Gazette Emporia 2002 Current (Obits only)
Enterprise Salina 1908 1909
Evening Call Topeka 1893 1893
Eye Opener Parsons 1892 1892
Fair Play Fort Scott 1898 1899
For Our People Lawrence 1971 1971
Freeman's Lance Peru 1891 1891
Garden City Telegram Garden City 2009 Current (Obits only)
Girard City Press Girard 2008 Current (Obits only)
Harambee Lawrence 1971 1971
Hays Daily News Hays 2005 Current (Obits only)
Herald of Kansas Topeka 1880 1880
Historic Times Lawrence 1891 1891
Hutchinson News Hutchinson 2005 Current (Obits only)
Hutchinson's Journal Hutchinson 1908 1908
Kansas Baptist Herald Topeka 1911 1913
Kansas Blackman Coffeyville 1894 1896
Kansas City Kansan Kansas City 2008 Current (Obits only)
Kansas Elevator Kansas City 1916 1916
Kansas Headlight Wichita 1894 1894
Kansas Homestead Cherokee 1899 1900
Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital Topeka 1897 1900
Kansas Sentinel Topeka 1960 1960
Kansas State Tribune Topeka 1881 1881
Kansas Sunflower Wichita 1890 1890
Kansas Voice Wichita 1946 1947
Kansas Watchman Topeka 1905 1905
Kansas Weekly Herald Leavenworth 1854 1859
Kansas Weekly Journal Wichita 1980 1981
Kansas Whip Topeka 1934 1955
Kiowa County Signal Greensburg 2009 Current (Obits only)
Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence 1989 2004 (Obits only)
Leavenworth Advocate Leavenworth 1888 1891
Leavenworth Bulletin Leavenworth 1867 1871
Leavenworth Herald Leavenworth 1894 1896
Leavenworth Times Leavenworth 2009 Current (Obits only)
Leavenworth Weekly Herald Leavenworth 1854 1857
Little Weekly Topeka 1938 1938
Lucifer, the Light-Bearer Topeka 1886 1903
Manhattan Mercury Manhattan 1997 Current (Obits only)
McPherson Sentinel McPherson 2001 Current (Obits only)
Messenger Fort Scott 1917 1918
Messenger Topeka 1969 1970
Midwest News Press Wichita 1959 1959
Morning Sun Pittsburg 2006 Current (Obits only)
National Baptist World Wichita 1894 1894
National Reflector Wichita 1895 1897
National Review Kansas City 1913 1913
National Watchman Topeka 1914 1914
Negro Star Wichita 1920 1952
Newshawk Wichita 1979 1979
Newton Kansan Newton 2005 Current (Obits only)
Nicodemus Cyclone Nicodemus 1887 1888
Nicodemus Enterprise Nicodemus 1887 1887
Olathe News Olathe 2006 Current (Obits only)
Ottawa Herald Ottawa 1996 Current (Obits only)
Parsons Sun Parsons 1998 Current (Obits only)
Parsons Weekly Blade Parsons 1892 1900
People's Elevator Kansas City 1937 1940
People's Elevator Wichita 1924 1927
People's Friend Wichita 1894 1894
Plaindealer Kansas City 1932 1958
Plaindealer Topeka 1899 1931
Pratt Tribune Pratt 1999 Current (Obits only)
Salina Journal Salina 2005 Current (Obits only)
Sedan Lance Sedan 1892 1909
Sedan Times-Star Sedan 1908 1911
Siwinowe Kesibwi Shawnee 1841 1841
Southern Argus Baxter Springs 1891 1891
Southwest Times Liberal 1999 Current (Obits only)
St. Johns News St. John 2009 Current (Obits only)
State Ledger Topeka 1892 1906
Times-Observer Topeka 1891 1892
Topeka Call Topeka 1891 1893
Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka 2001 Current (Obits only)
Topeka Post-Review Topeka 1970 1971
Topeka Tribune Topeka 1880 1880
Topeka Tribune and Western Topeka 1885 1885
Topeka Weekly Capital Topeka 1884 1898
Topics Kansas City 1895 1895
Uplift Pittsburg 1914 1914
Weekly Champion and Press Atchison 1858 1869
Wellington Daily News Wellington 2001 Current (Obits only)
Western Christian Recorder Kansas City 1898 1899
Western Recorder Lawrence 1883 1884
Wichita Eagle Wichita 1984 Current (Obits only)
Wichita Factarian Wichita 1914 1914
Wichita Globe Wichita 1887 1887
Wichita Post-Observer Wichita 1953 1953
Wichita Protest Wichita 1923 1923
Wichita Searchlight Wichita 1900 1912
Wichita Times Wichita 1972 1977
Wyandotte Echo Kansas City 1930 1937