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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Interest Group Meetings (for members only) are held on the first Monday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Westlink Branch of the Wichita Public Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita
A series of 8 weekly classes on topics in Intermediate Genealogy starts March 27 at the Alford Branch Library from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. The objective for this course is to give participants a more in depth 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 Gen 201 Classes
The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2014 trip to the Kansas State Archives, a division of the Kansas Historical Society. This is the most comprehensive collection of historical documentgs in the state. In addition to a vast collection of Kansas newspapers there are many family genealogies, photographs, letters, diaries, maps, periodicals, and government records available.
Cost: $55.00 per member $65.00 for non-members
Price is for transportation only. Bring your own sack lunch. There are vending machines for your convenience. To reserve your space, click KSA Trip Registration Form.
Did your Ancestor change religion from Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran or Quaker to become Baptist, Methodist or Christian on their way west? Learn some of the reasons for the change and where to search.
Kerry Altenbernd will present "The Abolitionist John Brown "
Mr. Altenbernd is a third-generation native of Douglas County, Kansas. He serves as the Law Librarian for the Douglas County Law Library in Lawrence. For more than ten years, he has been working to preserve the Black Jack Battlefield, site of the June 2, 1856 attack by Free State forces led by the abolitionist John Brown on a proslavery militia. He is currently President of the Black Jack Battlefield Trust and On-Site Tour Coordinator for the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park. His work with the Battlefield led him into portraying John Brown, which he has been doing for eight years.
A series of 8 weekly classes on Beginning Genealogy starts June 5 at the Alford Branch Library from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. More about the classes can be found by clicking on Gen 101 Classes
The 40th Annual KCGS Conference will be co-hosted by the McPherson County Genealogical Society and will be held in the Cedars Conference Center in McPherson
The Speaker will be Valerie Eichler Lair of Albert Lea, Minnesota. She is a professional genealogist, researcher, consultant, instructor, presenter and author. Valerie recently moved back to Minnesota after spending a number of years in the Kansas City area. She will present the following lectures at the conference:
- Genealogical Proof Standard: Our GPS
- Probate: Where There's A Will (or No Will), There's A Way
- Finding Females
- Church Denomination Archives
For more information about the Kansas Council, click on KCGS
During this lecture we will review the basic research for those with Indian ancestry. Methods for using the sources available will be discussed. Many types of records and repositories will be covered. It is important to understand the historical context of the records and the lives they reflect.
Record keeping in Ireland is different from the rest of the British Isles. We will review the jurisdictional boundaries to help locate and identify records related to the area where your ancestors might have lived.
--- Diane Eickhoff will present "Women Rising: How Kansas Women Gained the Vote, 1859-1912"
Kansas women gained the vote in 1912, eight years before Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting voting rights to all American women. To accomplish this feat, Kansas women had to overcome many obstacles, including the indifference of their own sex and the fear many had of being considered "unladylike." This program will re-visit the women's suffrage campaigns of 1859, 1867, 1894, and 1912.
Diane is an independent historian and the author of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights.
We will look at the origin and evolution of counties in Illinois. Guides that will help with the location of Illinois records will be discussed. Census records that cover the Federal census, as well as, Territorial, State census and squatters reports. Many other topics to help with Illinois research will be discussed.
The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2014 trip to the largest genealogy library in the world, The Family History Libraray, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cost: $750.00 Double Occupancy - $975.00 Single
For more information click About the Family History Library Trip . To reserve your space, click Trip Registration Info.
October is Family History Month. WGS will host an Annual Conference at THe Hughes Metropolitan Complex with three presenters.
More information on registration will be forthcoming. Stay tuned.