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

Supplemental Census Schedules

The subjet notes for Mary Hursey's Supplemental Census Schedules presentation on September 21 are not posted in the PRESENTATION SLIDES tab. Enjoy, thanks for cominig to the presentation.

Wichita Library Hosts Big Read

The Big Read Wichita will return for an 12th year. This year, the NEA Big Read: Wichita will explore the beauty of nature and science with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Lab Girl is a memoir that tells the story of a young woman who finds friendship in odd places, battles bipolar disorder, perseveres through setbacks and relishes hard-earned triumphs, and becomes a respected scientist and passionate observer of the natural world.
From October 1-November 15, 2019, the NEA Big Read: Wichita will feature more than 50 events around Wichita related to the themes in the book.
The NEA Big Read: Wichita will commence at a kickoff party on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library. Mayor Jeff Longwell and Congressional spouse Susan Estes will both serve as honorary co-chairs for the program. More at Big Read

2020 Meeting Schedule Coming Soon

The 2020 Monthly Meeting Schedule will be announced soon. It will include another year of enteraining and educational presentations.
Don't forget our last meeting of 2019, November 16th. This is a quarterly meeting with snacks (feel free to bring some). We have a first-person presentation of Jesse Chisolm. I don't think he is bringing any cattle from his trail though.
Calendar Notes:
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Wichita "Who's Who" Indexed

We continue adding more records and indexes to our collection of online historical data from the Wichita. The 1929 and 1980 Who's Who in Wichita index have been posted in the Area Research section.  CLICK HERE to see over 2,000 names in the 1929 volume and more than 1,000 in the 1980 book. These books with the named biographies can then be viewed in the Wulfmeyer Genealogy Center in the downtown library.

NEW! Obituary Indexes 1939, 1941-45 & 1954

The Wichta Genealogical team led by Rosie Wiley has completed indexing all obituaries that appeared in the 1939, 1941 through 1945 & 1954 Wichita Morning Eagle. The index gives a date and page number in the paper where an obituary is found. Members, login and Click Here to see the indexes and discover how you can get a copy of the obituary. More years are being indexed and will be available soon.


NEW! Early Wichita Death Certificates

Wichita Death Certificates
The WGS has recently completed the index and transcription of death certificates issued by the city of Wichita from 1887 to 1911. This information is free to all visitors to this web site.  Click Here to see the wonderful new data available for your genealogy and family history research.


13,000 Names Indexed for You

The WGS has completed a massive project of indexing over 60 books of Wichita history listing more than 13,000 name entries. The complete index is available to WGS members to help them find ancestors and family members that may have appeared in one of these books.  
The index gives the book title, the page number of the entry, and the library call number to help find the book.  It is sorted by surname and available in nine volumes as PDFs.  Members, log in and  CLICK here to see this fabulous resource.


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.


Monthly Activity Updates

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November 16
1st Person Presentation of Jesse Chisholm
Jame Jordan will give a10 minutes of background on Jesse Chisholm and the Chisholm Trail.  He will then "introduce" Chisholm and give a 30 minute presentation as Jesse Chisholm.
December 21
No December Meeting - Happy Holidays
See us start the new year on January 18th, 2020