Queries for Genealogy and Local History information may be submitted via email (please click on this link) or by post at 214 W. Marlin, McPherson, KS  67460.  The library charges a research fee of $5.00 plus copying and postage charges if successful. An additional fee may be charged depending on the complexity of the research.


The McPherson Public Library maintains an
unequalled collection of resources which tells the story of our city and county and the many people who settled it, developed it, and appeared as its citizens.

MPL Genealogy Index -- Contains over 35,000 entries, indexed by name and death date, of persons who lived and died in McPherson and McPherson County.

The McPherson Photo Album -- A fully-searchable compilation of over 1,500 historic images and portraits from McPherson and McPherson County.

MPL Historical Business Database -- Provides information about over 3,500 business and professional entities in McPherson, starting in 1872.

MPL McPherson History Timeline -- Learn what happened when with this comprehensive timeline, from the founding of the city to present day.

The Map Room  ** NEW! ** -- All the historic maps and atlases you need for your research on one convenient page.

Register of Pioneer Families of McPherson County -- Including over 1,000 names and some 2,000 pages of documents and genealogy information, this covers families settling in the county from the early days into the 1900's.

McPherson Daily Republican Diamond Jubilee Edition (May 10, 1947) -- Contains a rich history of the early days of the city and county as written by local historians of the time.

City of McPherson Cemetery Database

Pelnar's Index to McPherson County Cemeteries -- An index to burials in 30 of the 50 cemeteries in the county, compiled by local genealogist Gerald Pelnar.  Current until 2004.


ancestry.com World Deluxe Edition (in-library only)
Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

Fold3 (in-library link) -- Military service documents and information from the Revolutionary War to present time.
Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

Fold3 (remote link) -- Access Fold3 from home with your McPherson Public Library card.
Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

Easy Family History Sites



The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our community through exceptional collections, services, and programs.