Make a Genealogy Request
We are happy to assist you in your genealogy research. The Derby Public Library holds microfilm copies of local newspapers dating back to 1959 with some earlier from October 1889 - May 1890 and October 1891 - May 1892. We also have microfilm copies of the Kansas State Census of Sedgwick County, 1875 - 1925. In addition, we have listings for El Paso Cemetery in Derby, Kansas. Keep in mind that time and staff constraints prevent us from assisting in detailed or large projects.
There is a search fee of $10.00 plus a charge of 50¢ per page for Library Staff requested research.
Please allow at least 2 weeks for us to respond to your request. During certain times of the year, our response may be longer.
Please follow the guidelines listed below when submitting a request:
- Requests may be submitted via postal mail or by the form below (although the fee will need to be received before the request can be sent). Please mark them to the attention of Genealogy. No phone requests please.
- You must provide a specific date for each item requested. For the most part, our newspapers and census records are not indexed and we do not have the resources to search through a broad range of dates for an item.
- Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.
- Payment is required before a request can be filled. We accept checks and money orders. We also accept credit cards (Visa or Mastercard only) in person or over the phone. Please do not send cash. We will notify you of the costs before we send you your request.
We have several microfilm resources for those patrons who wish to do their own research. A microfilm reader/printer is available and prints cost 25¢ per page. We also have a photocopier and prints cost 10¢ per page. If you would like to view microfilm that we do not currently own, you can complete a Microfilm Interlibrary Loan form to have the microfilm sent to the Derby Public Library. All microfilm must be viewed at the Library. Microfilm is not available for check out.
To submit a request online. Please fill out the form below. Be as descriptive as possible and include any information you have. When you are ready click the "Send" button to send your request.