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

WGS Activities

March 26, 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 plans for educational and Special Interest Group meetings are back on the schedule. 

Topeka Gen. Soc. Conference Re-scheduled

The Topeka Genalogical Society has re-scheduled their Annual Conference to October 30-31, at the same venue and programs as the previously scheduled event. Visit their website for details: www.tgstopeka.org.

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. 
 April 18
 CANCELED - Getting the Most from Find A Grave
 Gary Clark
 May 16
 To Be Announced
 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.

Genealogy Activities- Status

This is only a notice for the two national genealogy conferences on the horizon and Topeka. Some of you may have planned to attend them. Both the National Genealogical Society conference and the Federation of Genealogy Societies conference are still determining their options.  The Topeka Genealogical Society has already canceled their conference scheduled for Apr 3-4. See the individual websites below to follow future notices.
Topeka Gen Soc Annual Conference - Apr 3-4
NGS- Salt Lake City - May 20-23
FGS - Kansas City - Sep 2-5


Monthly Activity Updates

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April 18
Getting the Most from Find A Grave
May 16
To Be Announced
Watch for the May program  
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.