Genealogy & Local History

Kansas State Library History and Genealogy Resources

Fold3 Provides access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Genealogy Connect Offers access to a wide range of fully searchable genealogical reference publications.

Heritage Quest Offers you access to Federal census records and city directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, and a variety of published family and local histories.

Kansas History, 1854-1865 This database provides a core of primary source documents for the study of Kansas history, including state and regional histories, travel guides, biographies, speeches and more.

Local History

Oral History Project A collection of Silver Lake Stories shared by residents of our town.

Silver Lake Yearbooks Located in the library. A collection of Silver Lake High School yearbooks from 1959-2011

Silver Lake History Located in the Library and online. We keep various documents, pictures, and newspaper articles detailing the history of Silver Lake, KS. With the help of our NEKLS Library System we have started to digitize our collection. We are still working on getting all the documents on the website. Please visit to view what we have done, so far.