Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society GAR Memorial, Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita

March 16th Meeting - Join Us

Karen Penner will present information on the Germans from Russia (GRs). This ethnic group had it's beginnings when Catherine the Great became Czarina of Russia. She invited German peasants to come to Russia for free land, no taxes, and no military service among other promises. Karen will give guidelines into researching GRs including family records, historical libraries, church records and many other records.
Following Karen's presentation, a bonus session will include an introduction and demonstration of online services such as Ancestry.com and American Ancestors available for FREE in the research pavilion. This will be in the same room as the regular meeting, lasts about 20 minutes and will begin after a short break from the regular meeting. Discover what you might be missing!.


2019 Presentation Schedule Announced

The 2019 Monthly Meeting Schedule includes a variety of research and historical presentations. All monthly meetings are held in the new Advanced Learning Library in the spacious conference center. Come early and stay late to conduct your genealogy research in the Edward and Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion where all the genealogy resources are located.
Jan 19
 Open House Tour           
WGS Team
Feb 9 Bessie Coleman 1st Person Presentation Sandra Campbell
Mar 16 German-Russian Research Karen Penner
Apr 20 Church Records Mary Hursey
May 18 Dowsing for Historical Clues  
June 15 Adventures in Writing Famly History Gary Clark
Jul 20 Finding Your Patriot Margaret Kline
Aug 17 Railroaded - Industry that Saved Kansas  
Sept 21 Supplemental Census Records Mary Hursey
Oct 5 Annual Conference Judy Russel
November 16 Jesse Chisolm 1st Person Presenation  
December No Monthly Meeting - Happy Holidays  
Calendar Notes:
  • The February 9th meeting is the second Saturday of the month.
  • The annual conference is October 5th.
  • February, May, August, and November are Quarterly meetings where beverages and snacks are provided by WGS.
Please note that the February meeting is on the second Saturday of the month, all others are the third Saturday as is our normal Schedule

7th Annual Conference – A Day with Cyndi Ingle – Was a Smashing Success
October 13th saw nearly 150 people watch Cyndi Ingle entertain and educate them about ALL the genealogy information available on the Internet. ALL is a piece of humor, even she acknowledges there is more to find. However, she is tenancious about finding, organizing, and linking as much genealogy-related databases and websites as possible – and presenting it to us in an easy-to-use manner.
This conference was largest attendend in many years. We thank all those that came out. 
Check out Cyndi's List to see the depth of Genealogy Information she has cataloged.


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.


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May 18
Dowsing for Historical Clues