While you await your visit to our archives, here are some links you may find useful:
Fort Hays State University Special Collections, located in Forsyth Library on the FHSU campus, holds collections particular to the University, as well as those of local interest. Their Center for Ethnic Studies contains resources donated by the Volga German Society of Rush and Ellis Counties and the Bukovina Society of the Americas, as well as publications from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
Hays Public Library has a great collection of research materials concerning Ellis County in their Kansas Room. They also have complete holdings for microfilm of area newspapers. We highly recommend visiting!
Kansas State Library Online Databases, particularly in the History and Genealogy category. This portal provides free access to Heritage Quest, Genealogy Connect, KS Genweb, and History reference sites, as long as you have a Kansas Library Card. To get a Kansas Library Card, visit your local library.
Kansas Memory, provided by the Kansas State Historical Society, is a site dedicated to digitally archiving historic materials from across Kansas. See what they have from your hometown!
Chronicling America allows you to search historic newspapers from the United States, 1789-1922.
Family Search gives free access to genealogy records kept by the Church of Latter Day Saints. Their collection is well-known and revered by researchers.
The Bureau of Land Management has General Land Office Records online that are searchable. Find when and where your ancestors homesteaded!