Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Advanced Learning Library

2020 Monthly Meeting Schedule

Mark your calendar for our 2020 Monthly Meetings. We have an interesting and informative schedule of programs for you. As you know, the WGS programs are held in the Conference Center at the Advanced Learning Library. They begin at 1:00 p.m. and last from an hour to 90 minutes, depending on the speaker and topic. Join us!
  • The quarterly presentations (identified in the list below) are geared towards more of a historical perspective and are given by an expert in that field, sometimes in the form of a first-person re-enactment.  We provide light snacks, coffee and tea. Contributions are accepted.
  • The remaining monthly programs are more specific to family history research – with guidance on specific research methods. 
 January 18
 Researching Your Female Ancestors
 Mary Hursey
 February 15
 Kansas City Monarchs in Your Home Town
 Phil S. Dixon
 March 21
 150 Years of Wichita History
 Dr. Schuyler Jonesr
 April 18
 Getting the Most from Find A Grave
 Gary Clark
 May 16
 Rosie the Riveter
 Connie Palacioz
 June 20
 What can you learn from your Ancestors FAN club
 Virginia Downing
 July 18
 Finding Your Civil War Ancestors
 Margaret Kline
 August 15
 Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail
 Leo Oliva
 September 19
 To be announced
 October 3
 Annual Conference at Metroplex – No Monthly Mtg
 Melissa Tennant
 November 21
 Lucy Tayiah: The First Woman Chief of the Kaw
 Pauline Shap
 No monthly meeting – Happy Holidays
Click here for a printable PDF calendar. Save for quick and easy reference.

Supplemental Census Schedules

The subjet notes for Mary Hursey's Supplemental Census Schedules presentation on September 21 are posted in the PRESENTATION SLIDES tab. Enjoy, thanks for cominig to the presentation.

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

Stay informed about Wichita Genealogical Society activities.  Sign up for a monthly email of current and upcoming events. Click on the green Sign Up button.


December 21
December 2019
No monthly meeting in December - Happy Holidays
January 18
January 20020
Researching Your Female Ancestor presented by Mary Hursey.
February 15
The Kansas City Monarchs
Hear the legacy story of African American Baseball as it explores the famed Kansas City Monarchs, a charter member of the Negro National League. Presented by Phil S. Dixon, a co-founder fo the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
March 21
150 Years of Wichita
Dr. Schuyler Jones will present key points of Wichita's founding and growth. A descendant of one of Wichita's founders, he has unique insight into our city's history.
July 18
Finding Your Civil War Ancestors
Finding Your Civil War Ancestors presented by Margaret Kline. Learn how to obtain records from the National Archives and other resources, including Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR), Pension Records, and others.