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2022 Programs - Updated 4/16/22

A 2022 Calendar of WGS events is available to download (PDF). 

Note:  Some of  2022s meetings have switched Saturdays of the month.  Check the calendar below or Download the 2022 Calendar for details.

Return to the Library

After two years we have returned to the library for our monthly meetings and presentations. We meet in the large conference rooms (Room B & C)on the first floor, across from the snack bar (which is currently closed)

WGS Donation to Library

The Wichita Genealogical Society (WGS) recently announced a donation to preserve and provide public access to thousands of photographs, documents, and maps held at the Wichita Public Library. The WGS contributed $8,000 to the Wichita Public Library Foundation to begin the process of digitizing these archives, allowing them to be viewable from the library’s website. See the full announcement here. (PDF)

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August 27th Monthly Meeting The Amazon Army

When coal was discovered in southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. The mix of nationalities created an ethnic geography unique to Kansas that came to be known as the Little Balkans. Miners faced hazardous working conditions, poor pay, and discrimination. In 1921, thousands of women marched on the coal mines in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed them the “Amazon Army.” 

Presented by Linda O'Nelio Knoll in person. This is our quarterly meeting, so come early for snacks and drinks.

July 16th Meeting Handout

Using Maps in Genealogy

Katherine R. Willson's presentation was very well attended as she provided a wealth of information about using maps to help genealogy and family research.

Her five-page handout (available to members only) includes a comprehensive list of resources. Access it by clicking here. This will be available for 30 days.

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2022 Annual Conference

On April 16th, the WGS announced the 10th Annual Genealogy Conference will be held October 8th, 2022 in the WSU Metroplex.

This year we have the dynamic Gena Philibert-Ortega as our key speaker. She shares with us a unique array of topics that will surely expand the genealogists research scope and fine tune some old ones. Check out the full descriptions on the 2022 Conference page

Don't miss the video previews with Gena where she discusses each of the four presentations. The third preview, 10 Facts You Don't Know About the US Census is now available to view.

Upcoming events

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Member Features

Special Interest Groups (SIG

One of the benefits of belonging to the Wichita Genealogical Society is the ability to take advantage of expert discussions on a variety of genealogy topics. 

Special Interest Groups (SIG) are meetings of people that are interested in specific and general areas of genealogy.  WGS offers three SIGS:

  • DNA Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • Technology SIG 
  • Genealogy Talk SIG

See our SIG page for details and how to join in.

Conference Flyer

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