Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kansas Drivers can now access Genealogy Records at Ancestry for Free

Kansas Historical Society
The Kansas Historical Society announced a partnership with Ancestry.com allowing individuals with a valid Kansas driver's license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website.

“This partnership allows genealogists, historians, and other researchers access to records with genealogical information otherwise only available when visiting the State Archives in Topeka,” said Pat Michaelis, State Archives director. Users visit kshs.org/ancestry and enter their name, date of birth, and Kansas driver’s license number. The number is authenticated, and the user is directed to Ancestry.com.

It's quite remarkable that a society could coordinate getting access to a state drivers license database that it then authenticates users to so they can access a genealogy web site. Has anyone heard of similar arrangements with other state historical societies?

To see the full announcement, read "Free Access to Selected Kansas Archives on Ancestry.com" (PDF)

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