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For each type of record, see links below:

District and Probate Court Records

Townships and Cities in Montgomery County

Local Research Collection

Cemetery Records, Burials and Funeral Records and Obituaries

Marriage Records

Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County and Kansas Historical Information

Other States' Information

Daughters of the American Revolution

Area Resources for Genealogical Research

Links to other resources in the State of Kansas

Links to other resources on the Web

Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
--Tues - Sat
Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission Fee
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Ages 6-18
Free - Ages 5 & Under
Free Active Military

Holiday Hours

Closed on major holidays


Links to other Genealogy Web Guides

There may be a charge to use these various websites. Some offer a free trial period. They are listed for your convenience only.

Ancestry.com is perhaps the best-known commerical genealogy site. It has thousands of databases including popular US census records and passenger lists. If you come into the Independence Historical Research Center, the computers available have free access to this database. Many local libraries offer this service as well.

Archives.com is owned by Ancestry.com since 2012. It bills itself as the web's biggest family history bargain.

Fold3.com. This is a sister site to Ancestry.com and serves up military service pension and other records, plus a mix of non-military records.

Archives.gov - The National Archives and Records Administration's website. It is a good starting point for finding old records the federal government kept about your family.

Library of Congress is full of links to old photos, maps, manusripts, oral history interviews and much more.

FamilySearch.org. It is free to access the billions of records and volunteer-created indexes on this site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. If you have a local Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, they will often have staff or volunteers that will help you with your search.

Findmypast.com. Once a UK-focused genealogy site, it has jumped the pond and added American records to its offerings.

MyHeritage.com is a global site you can serach in 40 languages. It features census records, yearbooks, family trees and more.

In addition, you can go up on Google.com and search for 'online books' - 'online newspapers' or 'online Libraries'.