The Kansas Historical Society announced a partnership with Ancestry.com that will allow individuals with a valid Kansas driver’s license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website. Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in “5”), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections.
Users visit kshs.org/ancestry
and enter their name, date of birth, and Kansas driver’s license number. The number is authenticated, and the user is directed to ancestry.com.
“This partnership allows genealogists, historians, and other researchers access to records with genealogical information otherwise only available when visiting the State Archives in Topeka,” said Pat Michaelis, State Archives director. “Our thanks to the Kansas Department of Revenue for its assistance with the driver’s license validation process that makes this partnership possible.”