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

One Trip - Two Great Research Centers

JOIN US for a unique research trip to two of the finest genealogy libraries in the country. Four nights in St. Louis and four nights in Ft Wayne, September 8 - 16, 2018. Click here for more details.


An exciting year of events, new resources, speakers, and a new library greets the Wichita Genealogical Society and all area genealogists.
Don't miss these great opportunities to expand yout genealogy and history research knowledge with the WGS:
  • The new Wichita Advanced Library with a great new genealogy center - Springtime opening
  • A great new schedule of Genealogy courses starting March 22
  • A dynamic series of monthly presentations by history and genealogy professionals
  • Our 7th Annual Genealogy Conference in October with Cyndi's List founder, Cyndi Ingal
  • Another exciting research trip - details soon
  • A revamped and expanded member's quarter newsletter: The Ark Valley Crossroads
  • New databases and research records on the website.
Join us for our monthly meetings - open to members and the public absolutely free.

Another Sucessful Conference
6th Annual Conference – "A Day With Ancestry"
October 14, 2017
Saturday, October 14th, we enjoyed a full day of presentions by Juliana Szucs from  Ancestry.com.  Great information, and a chance to meet with 175 of our closest friends - a great turnout.  Thanks to all that came, See some photos here.


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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March 17
Moment by Moment: Writing Your Family’s Story
Presented by Dr. Kim Stanley, McPherson College. Dr. Stanley is the Chair, Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College.  She will share ideas to help motivate and guide you in writing your family history and memories.   Learn how to use the techniques of creative non-fiction to bring your genealogy to ...
April 21
Medical Genealogy
Presented by Mary Hursey. Learn how to medical and related records can help expand your genealogy history and stories.
May 19
Paradise Doll Museum and Hospital
Presented by Barbara Bush