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Welcome to the Wichita Genealogical Society website.  This is an easy-to-use system that brings genealogy tools and information to the genealogists,.  All the research data from our past website is available and simple to find and navigate.  Plus, the member options for managing your information are improved, secure, and easy to use.   We hope you take time to explore the new pages — be sure to login if you are a member to see extra content

WGS Programs

November 16, 2023 Program

"The Western", Greatest Texas Cattle Trail 

After Texas statehood in 1845, cattlemen started to move longhorns up the trail to northern markets. Kansas, the first state north of Indian Nations, became the most important strategic player in this cattle-trailing industry and for decades influenced its pathways. For forty years, as the industry adapted to changing circumstances and drovers blazed different routes across Kansas.

Presented by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger. NOTE:  There is no monthly program in October.

2024 Programs

The 2024 program calendar will be announced soon. It is composed of great genealogical topics that will help the genealogist advance their research.

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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.

Top Story

2023 Genealogy Conference

 Early Bird Registration Closed.

You can still register until September 27th. 

2023 Conference Speaker

Registration is OPEN Here

The WGS is happy to announce that Cheri Hudson Passey is the key speaker at the 2023 WGS Genealogy Conference Oct 7, 2023 — In Person!

See a greeting from Cheri by clicking this image for a 10 second video.

Cheri 10 Second Video

Cheri is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer, speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. She is the host of the YouTube genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher. 

Learn more conference
details and how to register.

See a full interview with Cheri as she shares highlights of the day's topics - Click HERE

July AVC Issue Available

The WGS newsletter, Ark Valley Crossroads, is available from the AVC Newsletter tab, you need to be logged in to see the tab. Or click HERE for the library of them.  It will ask you to log in if you are not already.

This is a great issue, it covers a lot of early education in our area, with tips on incorporating it into your research.

More News

Special Announcement

Remembering Sage Joyner 

Some members may remember Sage Joyner who influenced the Wichita Genealogical Society in countless ways. Over a nearly 20 year span (1997-2016), Sage was President six times along with a myriad of other positions. Upon retiring from WGS, he was awarded a Lifetime Membership. His stellar academic and professional achievements were also reflected in his passion for genealogy. An article in the January 2016 Ark Valley Crossroads newsletter reveals his many contributions to WGS –  Read it here.

Sage passed away August 9, 2023. His obituary can be found here. His accomplishments will be remembered by many and felt by those who did not know him.

Sage Joyner at 2016 Advanced Learning Library ground breaking ceremony.

DNA Class Sep 23,Oct 21 Cancelled

Minimum number of registrants was not reached. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

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