Genealogy Services

Genealogy Database -

Library Use Only (no remote access) library edition is a comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research. It includes approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as:

  • U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930
  • The Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes)
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630
  • Social Security Death Index (updated monthly)
  • WWI Draft Registration Cards
  • Federal Slave Narratives
  • A strong Civil War collection
Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time
Buchanan County Genealogical Society
The Independence Public Library has a few resources about local community and county history available for your perusal, but passes all requests for information on deceased individuals or family genealogy to the Buchanan County Genealogical Society.

The genealogical society has such things as:
  • Birth records
  • Cemetery files and records
  • Census records
  • Marriage indexes
  • Newspapers
  • Obituary files
  • Probates

Located in basement of Independence City Hall
331 1st Street East
(use side entrance of City Hall and go downstairs)

Research may be done by visiting the genealogical library or by mail.

Fees are $10 per hour to do research and $0.30 per copy.