Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Early City Hall and Carnegie Library

Wichita & Sedgwick County History Book

We have recently discovered a great history resource in our own Wichita Public Library. It is the Wichita and Sedgwick County History Book.  Now it was not lost, hidden, or is it new. Most of us just didn't know it existed. Michelle Enke, our Local History Librarian, brought this interesting book to our attention recently. Learn about area history from a two-volume collection of published articles from the 1880s to 1932.  The WGS is indexing the book and making the index available online to WGS Members. You may find your ancestors in it. Learn about it here – FOR WGS MEMBERS ONLY.

Volunteer Service Awards

The Wichita Genealogical Society is proud to join the Volunteer Service Award program that recognizes your work and volunteer hours in genealogy programs. Please read about this program and see how your efforts can be acknowledged by this national program and the WGS.
Wichita Volunteer  Ward Program


Midwest Genealogy Center Research Trip

Did you know the largest public genealogy library is just a short drive from Wichita?
Join us for our 2016 Mini Research Trip is to the Midwest Genealogical Center Library (MGC) in Independence, Missouri, home of the largest public Library Genealogy Collection west of the Mississippi River. The round trip to Independence, Missouri with two days at the Library leaves Wichita March 28, 2016 and returns March 30, 2016.
Click HERE for details and registration form.‚Äč Don't delay, what a great way to start your 2016 genealogy research!

2016 Salt Lake City Trip

Join Us For the Ultimate Research Trip
The 2016 WGS research trip takes us to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City! Mark your calendar and register for a week of research at the worlds largest genealogy library and research center –  September of 2016.
September 17 through September 25, 2016. Registration is now OPEN.  Read how!


February 8
February Board Meeting
February 20
WGS Qtrly Mtg: "Topeka's Greatest Trial: The Brown vs Board of Education Story" by D.W.Carter
In the fall of 1950, Oliver Brown tried to enroll his 7-year-old daughter, Linda, at nearby Sumner Elementary, their neighborhood school, but she was refused entrance because she was African American. This presentation tells the local story and events leading up to Brown’s involvement in the class action lawsuit, ...
March 7
Special Interest Group Meeting
Member Only
March 19
How to Identifying & Date 19th Century Photographs by Gary W. Clark
Do you have mystery photographs? You can date most pictures from the 1800s and early 1900s from characteristics of the photograph. This presentation will show you what to look for to help  you idenfity the photo. If you know when it was taken, this can tell you who it ...
April 16
Transcription and Abstracting: Simple Rules for Great Results
This presentation will teach you how to follow basic transcription rules to avoid common errors.  This valuable data collection and analysis can reveal hidden evidence, help establish identities and further your research.  You will practice abstracting data related to an event or circumstance that is the subject of your record. ...