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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042


Additional Resources


If you can't make the trip to the Butler County Historical Society's research library today, some of the links below may help you find further information or plan for a future trip to the county.  If you are interested in having the library staff conduct a personal research request for you, please return to the main research page and fill out the research request form.


  • Butler County Genealogical Society:  Information on Butler County's own family history research group.
  • 1885 and 1905 plat maps - coming soon!
  • Cemeteries of Butler County:  Over 60 cemeteries are scattered across Butler County.  Find one using our interactive map below:


Butler County Resources

  • Butler County 1883:  County statistics, biographical sketches, township histories, and more drawn from William G. Cutler's 1883 History of the State of Kansas.
  • Butler County Genealogy Trails:  A wide array of items of historical and genealogical interest, including general Butler County history, newspaper stories, and a selection of death and marriage records and obituaries.  Also information on some of the more sensational happenings in the early years of the county.
  • Butler County Maps:  Find modern township and street maps to help navigate the county.
  • Beyond Butler's Borders:  Comprehensive biographies of some of Butler County's artists, writers, businessmen, sports players, and others whose reputation and influence extended beyond the county.
  • History of El Dorado, Kansas:  A transcription of the history of El Dorado from V.P. Mooney's 1916 History of Butler County, Kansas.
  • El Dorado Cemeteries:  Information and maps for El Dorado's three city cemeteries (Belle Vista, Sunset Lawns, and Walnut Valley).  Includes cemetery office hours, directions, and contact information for the cemetery sexton.
  • El Dorado Cemetery Burials:  A searchable database of burials in El Dorado's three city cemeteries.  Includes plot locations.

Local Historical Societies

  • Andover Historical Museum:  Museum located in the city's old library building, open Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, or by appointment.  Call for hours or appointments.
  • Augusta Historical Society:  Includes original log cabin and historical museum, open all week.  Check website or call for hours.
  • Douglass Historical Museum:  Museum with large collection of objects illustrative of Douglass's history, including collections of town newspapers.  Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Kansas Oil Museum (Butler County Historical Society):  The county historical society and museum, located in El Dorado.  Extensive research library containing information on family, local, state, and oil history.  Large museum featuring pioneer and oil history, outdoor displays and boomtown.  Open Tuesday-Saturday.  Check website or call for hours.
  • Rose Hill Historical Society:  A new (started in 2007) society with monthly meetings and a museum, open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month or by appointment.  Call for hours.
  • Towanda Area Historical Museum:  Located in Towanda's beautiful historic Masonic lodge.  Call for hours.

General Cemetery Research

  • Find-A-Grave: A searchable database of cemeteries and burials throughout the United States, often including headstone photos.
  • Billiongraves: Another searchable cemetery database, including GPS locations of cemeteries.

General Genealogy Reference

  • Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015: A comprehensive and informative listing of the most popular online genealogy resources, with additional discussion on recent trends in genealogy research and major family history research companies.
  • A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Family Tree Online: Explains how to start constructing your own online family tree using,, and other popular genealogy websites.
  • Genealogy and the Law: A guide to legal terms often encountered in genealogy research.
  • Roadside Thoughts:  A searchable gazetteer for communities large, small, and extinct in the U.S. and Canada.  Information is often limited for small and vanished communities, but most still have a nice "Genealogical Helper" page that provides information on nearby communities and cemeteries.
  • Traveling to Find Your Roots: A guide to doing research on European ancestors, including how to prepare for an overseas research trip.