Welcome to the Wichita Genealogical Society Web Site!
Our Mission is:
"to facilitate the gathering of genealogical and family history information for the researcher and
to support the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Wichita Public Library"
The Wichita Genealogical Society (WGS) is an important link to your gaining information, sharpening your research methodologies, seeking and understanding sources, and applying your genealogical knowledge.
Whether you are researching Sedgwick County, the surrounding counties, or nation wide, you may want to consider joining the Society. WGS has regular meetings which offer helpful lectures and workshops to benefit your genealogical research.
October has been declared "Wichita Family History Month". To see the Proclamation, click Proclamation
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The The October 2013 Quarterly meeting has a date change.
The Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies has a date change.
WGS has partnered with the Wichita Public Library on the THE BIG READ.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Additional information may be found via this link Big Read
Darren McMannis will present "Treasure Quest: Finding The Buried Treasure In Your Family's History"
Look Closely. Seeking clues from the research you've already done, you'll find adventure by digging in unexplored (and unexpected) new places, such as coroners' reports, police reports, funeral home and cemetery records, probate records, and living descendents. The treasure your ancestors left you simply awaits your discovery.
Darren has been active in genealogy since 1992. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists & the International Association of Family History Writers & Editors. He serves on the Board for the Harvey County Genealogical Society and the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies. Darren has spoken at several genealogy conferences, photographed & indexed over 42,000 headstones in Harvey County, and has compiled over 1,000 pages of history on 3 of his family lines.
The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2013 trip to the largest genealogy library in the world, The Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cost: $700.00 Double Occupancy - $950.00 Single
For more information click About the Family History Library Trip . To reserve your space, click Trip Registration Info.
This lecture will give an overview of resources for determining if one of your ancestors lived in or was born in Virginia. We will focus on how information or clues can help determine when someone arrived or left Virginia.
October is Family History Month. Subject- WGS will host an Annual Conference at THe Hughes Metropolitan Complex with three presenters.
Julie Miller is a Board-Certified Genealogist [CGsm]. She has more than 35 years genealogy experience. She is also a writer, lecturer and researcher. An award winning newspaper columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise. Vice-President of the National Genealogical Society 2010 and 2012 Conference Chair. Served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, 2005-2008. Also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2005-201l. She is the Past President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), and Past President of the Colorado Genealogical Society. NARA-Rocky Mountain Regional volunteer for over 16 years.
Randy Roberts has served as the Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist at Pittsburg State University since 1997. He is also currently serving as Interim Dean of Library Services at the University. He earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pittsburg State in American History and received the M.A.L.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993. He worked at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1983 through 1997. At Pittsburg State he also serves as an adjunct instructor for the History Department, teaching classes in American History before 1865; Kansas History; and Archives Management. His most recent publications include an edited collection of writings relating to J. A. Wayland and the Socialist newspaper The Appeal to Reason, and Pittsburg State University; A Photographic History of the First 100 Years.
Michelle has been the Local History Librarian at WPL for over 11 years, and manager of the Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy/Special Collections Center. Michelle has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor's in History from Truman State University.
Registration is opened to the public. For registration to reach us before the due date of September 27, please mail at least four (4) days before the end of the registration period. Registration forms can be downloaded from WGS Annual Conference Registration . The registration fee includes all of the lectures, a syllabus, handouts, morning coffee and light snack, and a cold buffet lunch of build your own sandwich.
Former Hesston College faculty colleagues Dr. Sharon Hill Cranford and Dwight Roth will present their research into their shared ancestry. Dwight, white Mennonite and Sharon, African-American will discuss their improbable meeting and subsequent discoveries. Book signings and Q & A to follow.