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

FGS Conference - Sep 2-5

The Federation of Genealocial Societies has released their registration brochure. See it here. The conference is still scheduled for September 2-5 in Kansas City, MO. Be sure to check their website for the latest information and status of the conference.

Find A Grave Video Presentation

The Wichita Genealogical Society has released a 3-Part video class titled Getting the Most from Find A Grave today, Saturday, May 16th. With great features for genealogists, Find A Grave can help you organize, report, and share ancestor resting place information.
CLICK HERE for the Video Presentation Page.  Enjoy! 

WGS Activities

May 1, 2020 - With the limitation of activities that are in place, the Wichita Genealogical Society has cancelled society meetings until further notice. This includes monthly meetings and members-only Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.
When more is known about the lifting of social interaction restrictions, WGS will keep you informed as to when educational and Special Interest Group meetings will be back on schedule.
The Wichita Public Library has produced a nice video on Facebook that explains their Mary 26th opening. (Updated 5/24/20)

Genealogy Activities- Status

The following facilities and conferences have been impacted by the Covid-19. See the associated updates.
Wichita Library
The Wichita Libraries are opening May 26 with limited access. Unfortunately, the Research Pavilion in the Advanced Learning Library is still closed. Visit https://wichitalibrary.org/covid-19 for details of the library opening.
Topeka Genealogical Society Annual Conference
Re-scheduled for October 30-31. The Topeka Genalogical Society has re-scheduled their Annual Conference to October 30-31, at the same venue and with the same programs as the previously scheduled event. Visit their website for details: www.tgstopeka.org.
FGS - Kansas City - Sep 2-5
Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies' annual conference. Advanced registration prices have been extended until June 30. Full-refund cancellations can be made until July 31. Please keep these dates in mind as you make plans for the conference in these uncertain times.


Genealogy Research Opportunities

Have free time on your hands? Now is a perfect time to look deeper into your interests. Here are a couple free opportunities.

Digital Public Library of America
Are you aware of the Digital Public Library of America (www.dp.la)? It is a non-profit organization with a wide collection and offerings for genealogists. This includes The Family Research Guide to DPLA - https://dp.la/guides/the-family-research-guide-to-dpla. The following statement from DPLA describes this guide:

DPLA is totally free to use and open to all – no library card, subscription, or sign-up required! Our collection, with items from many institutions, offers a unique research resource for family historians and genealogists.

Ancestry Library Version
The Wichita Public Library is temporarily providing access to the Library Edition of Ancestry from your home or other remote location. This is normally only available from a library PC in the ALL or a branch. You still need a library card number to login and access this great service. For those who already have a subscription to Ancestry, there is still added benefit to using the library edition. While it cannot access your trees, it does provide many records that are only available on the World Edition. Take a look.

With your internet browser connect to: https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/Polaris/Search/misc/esources.aspx, click on Ancestry Library Edition and follow login instructions. This link is also available from the libraries COVID-19 page:  https://wichitalibrary.org/covid-19

Note:  This remote access could change when the library re-opens.


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. 
 May 16
 CANCELLED - Texas Cattle Trails Across Kansas, 1850's-1880's
 Gary and Margaret Kraisinger
 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

Monthly Activity Updates

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June 20
FAN: Family, Associates, and Neighbors Research
A FAN (Family, Associates, and Neighbors) presentation by Virginia Downing is currently scheduled. Check back to see its status in June.
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.