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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- February 21, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting - Black History Month
"The Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President "
Before homesteading as free men in the African American settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, Tom Johnson and John Samuels were enslaved by U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841) and his daughter Imogene Pence. Johnson became a controversial figure when he married Julia Chinn, a biracial woman and mother of his two daughters. This presentation follows Tom and John's journey from enslavement in Kentucky to freedom experienced in an all Black town. Learn about their lives on the Johnson plantation, the tragic split of their families, and their migration and settlement at historic Nicodemus.
- March 21, 2015 - "How to Define a Problem by using a Research Technique."
Most of us spend more time planning a family weekend than we do planning to make a trip to the courthouse or library. This lecture lays the foundation for planning our research trips.
- March 26 – May 14, 2015 - "Genealogy 101 Classes"
A series of 8 weekly classes on topics in Beginning Genealogy starts March 26 at the Alford Branch Library from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. The objective for this course is to give participants an introductory look into selected topics that will give them the tools to use as they search for their family history. More about the classes can be found by clicking on Genealogy 101 Classes.
- April 18, 2015 - "Research in Scotland"
Many families have ancestors that came from Scotland. This lecture will discuss the depositories in Scotland and what information you need to obtain original certificates.
- May 16, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting
Donnis Slusser Crane will present 'How to Write Your OWN family story'.
Don't miss this informative presentation.
Break down those barriers! Donnis Crane will help us define the scope and outcome of our own writing process. She will present ideas on how to turn writing excuses into challenges, 'quit' researching and just write it! She will show us how to knit family artifacts, documents and legends into an interesting narrative. Donnis is an independent historian, passionate about recording family stories. In addition to Write Your OWN Family Story, Donnis is the author of Footprints to Land Records – a guide to finding your ancestors' land and Josie - A Pioneer Girl, the story of one of the last homesteading families in America. In addition, Donnis co-authored These Kaleidoscope Hills, a collection of story narratives from the Missouri Ozarks.
- June 20, 2015 - Annual Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Conference
The 2015 KCGS Conference will be co-hosted by the Wichita Genealogical Society and will be held TBA
Further details and a registration form will be available in April.
- July 18, 2015 - "Starting Points To Research French Ancestors."
Does your family tree have a few Frenchmen hanging around? Today we learn some basic French terms. We will consider doing the research on our own or hiring a research assistant or maybe plan a trip to France, then what?
- August 15, 2015 - Quarterly Meeting - TBA
- September 26 - October 4, 2015 - 2015 Research Trip to Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2015 trip to the premier Public Genealogy Library east of the Mississippi, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Cost: $825.00 Double Occupancy - $1,045.00 Single. Includes transportation, all lodging, all breakfasts, evening food bar at the St. Louis hotel, luggage handling in Ft. Wayne and the driver tip.
- October 10, 2015 - "Fourth Annual WGS Conference"
October is Family History Month. WGS will host an Annual Conference at THe Hughes Metropolitan Complex
- November 21, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting - TBA
- December - No Meeting