Doniphan County Genealogy Research Links

The best way to get information about your roots is to talk to family elders. Most of us are shy about contacting these wonderful people unless we're already close to them. I highly encourage you to speak to the ones you might not know as well. If you can, go visit them personally. Take a tape recorder and ask them if you can record them as they answer your questions. (Make sure you have a list of questions ready before you get there!) Most people are reluctant to be videotaped, but some might be willing. At the very least, take a camera, too, so you can have a photographic record of the person who provided you with the information. I shouldn't have to say this, but remember to be respectful to them and thank them for their time, especially if it is someone whom you don't know well.

Sometimes it's profitable to just let them talk about what they want. You can get some great anecdotes and family stories that way, which might not happen in a completely structured interview. It's amazing what knowledge is so easily lost when a family elder passes on, so try to record as much of that knowledge as is possible. You might even find that quite a few of them have done family research on their own, so you can gain information on several generations quite quickly.

My great-aunt, Isabelle, and great, great-aunt, Ena, provided almost all of the information that I have on that particular branch of my family. Aunt Ena passed on several years ago, so I'm very grateful for the information that she gave me. It certainly might have been lost with her passing, but now I can have it to give to other generations.

Other Means of Researching

  • Libraries

Library Dist. #1, Doniphan Co.

Highland Community College Library

105 N. Main St.

505 West Main St.

Troy, KS 66087-0458

Highland, KS 66035

ph. 785 985 2597

ph. 785 442 6000

fax 785 985 2602


Wathena City Library

Atchison Library

206 East St. Joseph St.

401 Kansas Ave.

Wathena, KS 66090

Atchison, KS 66002

ph. 785 989 4834

ph. 913 367 1092


fax 913 367 2717


  • Genealogical and Historical Societies

Doniphan County Historical Society, 105 North Main, Troy, KS 66087

Ma Hush Kah Historical Society, Route 2, Box 16, White Cloud, KS 66094

  • Museums

Native American Heritage Museum at Highland Mission
Suzette McCord-Rogers, Curator
1737 Elgin Rd., Highland, KS 66035-9801
ph. 785-442-3304

Anderson Cemetery - Denton

Bellemont Cemetery - Wathena

Bitner Cemetery - Bendena

Burl Cemetery - Sparks

Carters Cemetery - Blair

Charleston Cemetery - Troy

Columbus Cemetery - Wathena

Courter-Ritchey Cemetery - Troy

Denton Cemetery - Denton

Doniphan Cemetery - Doniphan

Fanning Cemetery - Sparks

Highland Cemetery - Highland

Iola Cemetery - Sparks

Iowa Point Cemetery - Oregon

Jackson Cemetery - Wathena

Jordan Creek Baptist Church Cemetery - Bendena

King Hill Cemetery - Doniphan

Lafayette Cemetery and Others - Sparks

Martin Cemetery - Oregon

Moskau Cemetery - Wathena

Mt. Calvary Cemetery - Oneida

Mt. Olive Cemetery - Troy

Oak Hill Cemetery - Highland

Old Home Cemetery - Troy

Olive Branch Cemetery - White Cloud

Robertson Cemetery - Bendena

Rosedale Cemetery - Geary City. Also referred to as Cordonier Cemetery.

St. Benedict's Cemetery - Bendena

St. Charles Cemetery - Troy. Aka, the Catholic Cemetery at Troy

St. Mary's Cemetery - Denton

Syracuse Cemetery - Fanning

Tambor Cemetery - Wathena

Victory Cemetery - Bendena

Wolf River Cemetery - Sparks

  • Funeral Homes

Harmon-Rohde Funeral Home - Troy

Harmon-Rohde Funeral Home - Wathena

128 N. Main

310 Fremont St.

Troy, Kansas 66087

Wathena, Kansas 66090

ph. 785 985 3517

ph. 785 989 4411


J T Miles Mortuary

Arensburg Pruett Funeral Home

707 N 9th St

208 N 5th St

Atchison, Kansas 66002

Atchison, Kansas 66002

ph. 913 367 1956

ph. 913 367 6403


Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home


800 Kansas Ave


Atchison, Kansas 66002


ph. 913 367 6543



  • Newspapers

Kansas Chief

Wathena Times

Highland Vidette

113 S. Main St.

317 St. Joseph St.

312 W. Main St.

Troy, Kansas 66087

Wathena, Kansas 66090

Highland, Kansas 66035

ph. 785 985 2456

ph. 785 989 4415

ph. 785 442 3791


Cordonier School
Doniphan High School
Elwood Public School
(This was in Missouri until the Missouri River changed course in 1951.)
Highland Community College
Highland Public School
Midway Public School
Oak Grove School
Rock Creek School
Spring Grove School
Troy Public School
Wathena Public School

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This page was last updated on July 7, 2000.
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