Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Keeper of the Plains

WOW! WGS Built a New Website

Yes We did. The Wichita Genealogical Society (WGS) is excited to introduce a new website to help you with your genealogy research. Beautiful isn't it? More than a pretty face though, there are many new features and options, along with a navigation scheme that allows you to easily discover and use the new information. In addition to the content you see now, this website allows the Wichita Genealogical Society to easily bring new information to your fingertips.
Some New Features Include
  • Member access to current and past issues of Ark Valley Crossroads..
  • A convenient list of near-term events, with all events just a click away.
  • Secure member updates for your address, email,  and other info.
  • A blog about recent events or other news
  • Sedgwick County cemetery listings with helpful info
  •  . . . and all previous data organized for easy viewing.
This website is desinged for easy navigation and use. We have written a brief Quick Start page to help understand many options and features. This Quick Start page is directly under the Home page and can be reached here.
Click through the menu in the left column to explore your new website. We are not stopping here however, new features and data will be added monthly. Enjoy.

Coming VERY Soon! Walk-in Registrations Welcome
4th Annual Genealogy Conference
Opening Up To New Discoveries
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hughes Metropolitan Complex - Wichita
Registration NOW Open!
Diane C. Loosle Join us for a great program by World-Wide Director of Family History Centers, Diane C. Loosle. The keynote and featured speaker, Diane shares in-depth research tips for finding world-wide data and saving memories. Learn of new research sources and techniques from the worlds largest source of genealogy data.

Michelle Enke Michelle Enke, Local History Librarian at Wichita Public Library, shares online Kansas History and Genealogy resources. Discover world-wide genealogy data and Kansas-specific on-line resources.
Read about the speakers, topics, and schedule, including how to register.


October 10
WGS - 4th Annual Conference - "Opening Up To New Discoveries"
"Early Bird" Discount has expired, "mail-in" registration is still open.  "Walk-in's" are welcome the day of conference.   Guest Speakers: Diane C. Loosle, is an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified GenealogistSM. She has a Bachelors degree in History with an emphasis in Family History and Genealogy and a Masters of ...
November 2
WGS Interest Group - (WGS Members Only)
This is an informal format to discuss a variety of genealogy topics with others with the same interest. Seating is limited. Contact Mary Hursey to RSVP  WGSclasses@hotmail.com  
November 21
"Seagoing Cowboys" by Don Zook
In the summer of 1946, a young 16-year-old Don Zook from Pawnee County, Kansas was one of thirty cowboys from throughout the United States who attended 840 bred mares as they were shipped across the Atlantic to Danzig, Poland. From 1945 to 1947, hundreds of young men sailed across the ...
January 16
"Researching Your Female Ancestor: Women and the Law" by Virginia Downing
Identities of women who lived prior to the twentieth century are often very tangled in those of their husbands, both by law and by custom. In many places, women were not allowed to own real estate in their name, to sign legal documents, or to participate in government. Men paid ...
February 20
"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, ...