While you patiently await your visit to our archives, here are some (free) links you may find useful:
Kansas State Library Online Databases, particularly in the History and Genealogy category. This portal provides free access to Heritage Quest, Genealogy Connect, KS Genweb, and History reference sites, as long as you have a Kansas IP address.
Kansas Memory, provided by the Kansas State Historical Society, is a site dedicated to digitally archiving historic materials from across Kansas. See what they have from your hometown!
Hays Public Library has a great collection of research materials concerning Ellis County in their Kansas Room. We highly recommend visiting!
Chronicling America allows you to search historic newspapers from the United States, 1789-1922.