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

Wichita & Sedgwick County History Book

We have recently discovered a great history resource in our own Wichita Public Library. It is the Wichita and Sedgwick County History Book.  Now it was not lost, hidden, or is it new. Most of us just didn't know it existed. Michelle Enke, our Local History Librarian, brought this interesting book to our attention recently. Learn about area history from a two-volume collection of published articles from the 1880s to 1932.  The WGS has indexed the book and includes that index online for WGS Members. You may find your ancestors in it. Learn about it here – FOR WGS MEMBERS ONLY.

Volunteer Service Awards

The Wichita Genealogical Society is proud to join the Volunteer Service Award program that recognizes your work and volunteer hours in genealogy programs. Please read about this program and see how your efforts can be acknowledged by this national program and the WGS.
Wichita Volunteer  Ward Program


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July 16
Rails Across America
On July 4, 1828, the cornerstone for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was laid by Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The first thirteen miles of the B&O Railroad was completed in 1830.  Many of our ancestors worked on railroads across the United States.  Some ...
August 20
"The Fur Trade Era of the Early American West, 1806-1837", presented by Bones & WhiteFawn
The last Mountain Man rendezvous was held along the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1837.  Bones and WhiteFawn have attended many dozens of rendezvous, setting up historical displays all over central and western Kansas including one at the Kansas State University for the 125th anniversary of Kansas ...
September 10
Layers of On-Line Searches
No one search method works all the time.  Both online and classic search methods have their advantages and limitations.  You need to know how to switch from one type of on-line search to another.  Layering on-line search techniques (from No Name searches to Alphabetical Browsing) helps you find more on-line ...
September 17
2016 Research Trip to SLC Family History Library
The 2016 WGS research trip takes us to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  See complete details on the "WGS Trips" tab. Attached is a poster to help promote the trip to others.
November 19
"Deborah Samson - Revolutionary Soldier" - Portrayed by Anna Smith
Deborah Samson – Revolutionary Soldier. Samson disguises herself as a man to join General George Washington’s Continental Army to fight for American Independence from England’s King George III. Samson is the first know woman to receive a pension of land and money for her military experience.   ...