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.
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Calendar of Events
Every third Saturday at 1:00 P.M.
Lionel Alford Branch Library | 3447 S. Meridian | Wichita, Kansas
Map to Alford Branch Library
- August 15, 2015 - Quarterly Meeting
"Lost Kansas Communities" presented by M. J. Morgan
Presentation Explores Kansas Towns Lost to Time – Kansas has nearly 9,000 disappeared towns and communities, caused by its unusual and spectacularly fast settlement history. The variety of town types is as striking as the stories they left behind. This talk will explore research conducted on lost Kansas places and discuss problems researchers have when searching for information. See the Lost Kansas Communities flyer (PDF).
- September 19, 2015 - How To Weigh The Evidence & How To Keep Your Records Safe.
In order to determine the validity of what you have found, you must weigh the evidence in order to reach a conclusion. There are evidence evaluation standards that have been established by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. These guidelines can be used to help us make a decision about the validity of what we have found. Also, we are going to look at how Libraries keep their holdings safe from disasters like (Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, & fires). We will discuss ways you can keep you records safe.
- 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. See details here, including the conference schedule and registration forms.
- November 21, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting
"Seagoing Cowboys" presented by Don Zookn
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 Atlantic with adventure upon their minds and a mission in their hearts. Don Zook will share about the program that helped to bring relief to war-torn Europe. He will share an informative video, share about his own experiences and then answer questions.
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