Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Early City Hall and Carnegie Library

Annual Genealogy Conference – 2016

Learn where your ancestors came from and how they got here. Discover great sources of research information.to help you build your genealogical and family history.
 
"Kansans:  Where Did They Come From"
October 8, 2016
Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex
5015 E 29th Street N
Wichita, Kansas
 
Don't miss a full day of exciting and informative presentations to help you arrive at new and valuable genealogical discoveries. Light breakfast and lunch, genealogy vendors, raffle, and more. MARK your calendar! 
 
Keynote and Feature Speaker: Dr. Jay Price 

Dr. Jay Price directs the Local and Community History Program at Wichita State University. His publications include co-authoring for “Wichita 1930-2000; Kansas: In the Heart of Tornado Alley”; and “African Americans of Wichita”. He serves on board of the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, and the Kansas Association of Historians. He is also a guest speaker for KMUW's Past and Present Series.
 
Guest Speaker: Sarah Keckeisen
 
Sarah Keckeisen is the reference librarian at the Kansas Historical Society for 25 years. She has written numerous articles on Kansas history and biography over the years and has produced three family histories for friends. She is currently at work writing her own family history. Sara has an undergraduate degree in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver.
 
Guest Speaker: Michelle Enke 
 
Michelle Enke is currently the Manager of the Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy / Special Collections Center at the Wichita Public Library since August 2002. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) for military genealogy, is a Certified Archivist, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Guest Speaker: Mary Hursey 
 
Mary Hursey has been on the Board of the Wichita Genealogical Society (WGS) since 2011. Her first role was as Registrar. After 4 years as Registrar she decided to focus on educational classes and the WGS Annual Conference. She also moderates the WGS Special Interest Group that is held once a month. She is also helping with WGS trips this year. She teaches genealogy classes for the Wichita Park and Recreation. She is currently working at the Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and has been there 33 years.
 
Special Feature - Panel Discussion of Kansas Immigration
A panel of three experienced researchers in immigration to Kansas will discuss the flow of Swedish, German, and Mennonite immigrants to Kansas. The research and records of these groups are similiar to many early Kansans, and can open new sources of information of your ancestors no matter what their origin. Questions from the audience will be answered and discussed.. Don't miss this panel session.
 
Barbara Wattman - Swedish immigrants
Eileen Davis - German immigrants
Melvin Epp - Mennonite immigrants
 
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