Services for the Public, National Archives at Kansas City
Written by Brian Burnes, Kansas City Star reporter and edited by Monroe Dodd, Kansas City Star editor. Published by Star Books.
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The Kansas City facility has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:
- Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930;
- indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses (indexes are not available for all census years and all states);
- selected military service records and indexes;
- selected pension and bounty-land warrant applications;
- censuses and land allotment files for Native Americans.
Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.
Genealogy Workshops held at NARA's Kansas City facility and nationwide.
NARA's Online Microfilm Catalog, which allows researchers to determine the microfilm publications held by the Kansas facility.
The Genealogy Section, for additional general information about NARA's genealogical resources.
Genealogical Resources on the World Wide Web, for links to non NARA genealogical web sites.
Our Online Catalog contains selected information pertaining to records at the Kansas City facility.
The National Archives at Kansas City has more than 35,000 cubic feet of archival holdings, including textual documents, photographs, maps, and architectural drawings, dating from about 1821 to the 1980s. These archival holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 70 Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to NARA.
Among subjects of local interest are: frontier and territorial history; American Indians native to the Northern Great Plains; the development of natural resources; court cases involving fugitive slave Dred Scott, Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Stroud, automobile entrepreneur Henry Ford, and civil rights pioneer Oliver Brown, who challenged school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
The archival holdings are arranged by record group (abbreviated RG), a body of records from an agency or bureau, identified by an RG number. Selected finding aids, including a comprehensive guide to archival holdings, are available by mail and online. Research can be initiated in person, by telephone, mail, fax, or electronic mail. Individuals who wish to use original records on-site will facilitate their research by calling before visiting.
Before using archival holdings, every researcher must obtain a researcher identification card. An applicant must show identification that includes a photograph, such as a driver's license, passport, or school or business identification card, and complete a short form giving name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of the proposed research topic. A researcher ID card, valid for one year, is then issued. It must be presented during each research visit.
In addition to unique original records, the Kansas facility has extensive holdings of National Archives microfilm publications. These publications reproduce basic documentation for the study of history, economics, public administration, political science, law, ethnology, genealogy, and other subjects. Included are records relating to U.S. diplomacy, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Native American-Government relations, westward expansion, and World War II.
Bankruptcy Case Files
The Kansas City facility has bankruptcy and other case files from Federal, U.S. district and bankruptcy courts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Find out how to access them.
For a fee, the staff will make or arrange for copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use, unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction.
Copies of microfilm can be made at self-service copiers or by other arrangement for a fee.
Now you can order copies of many genealogical records online.
You may order a reproduction of an original record other than a naturalization record for our minimum mail-order fee of $20.00.
- Naturalization records cost $10.00 each.
- If you order multiple records, for instance two inmate files, you will be charged $20.00 per record.
- If the record is over 25 pages in length, eighty cents will be added for each additional page.
- If you need your copies certified, a fee of $15.00 per certification will be added.
Please do not send payment with your original inquiry. We will provide the exact reproduction cost if we locate the requested record.
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