Research Your Roots with a World of Resources

The Lundgren Family, by Photographer Paul Stang

Genealogy enthusiasts, rejoice! The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is now a designated FamilySearch affiliate library–and that means that all library customers will now have access to the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records. All you need to tap into a wealth of resources and information is your library card.

FamilySearch manages the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which contains billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries. Now that our library is an affiliate, FamilySearch will circulate microfilms of historic records through the library for our customers by request.

“Less than 5% of the world’s genealogical records are available online,” said Paul Nata, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “Most family researchers cannot afford to travel to find the historic records they are seeking. If FamilySearch has filmed the records they need, then as far as they need to travel to view them is the library.”

There is a fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the microfilm arrives, the library customer can use the microfilm readers in the Topeka Room to search through the records. Ask a librarian for assistance with locating and ordering the film that you need.

Contact Genealogy Librarian Sherri Camp for more detailed information about the affiliation and the resources it provides for family researchers. You can reach her by email at, or by phone at 580-4510.

Our partnership with FamilySearch is front page news! Check out the article on CJ Online.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

About the Baker Genealogy Center

The Baker Center houses, in print, electronic form, or on microfilm, year books, birth, marriage and death records, family histories, obituaries, census records, marriage and cemetery indexes, military records, property, tax, and probate records, plat and insurance maps, passenger lists, naturalization records, and Topeka city directories.

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop and Great Writers Right Here author fair. Miranda also facilitates TALK book discussions and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group, and serves as a member of the library's 2Book Topeka team.