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Welcome to the Wichita Genealogical Society website.  This is an easy-to-use system that brings genealogy tools and information to the genealogists,.  All the research data from our past website is available and simple to find and navigate.  Plus, the member options for managing your information are improved, secure, and easy to use.   We hope you take time to explore the new pages — be sure to login if you are a member to see extra content

Welcome to 2024

Check out the events and classes scheduled for this year. Must-see!

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Special Interest Groups

One of the benefits of belonging to the Wichita Genealogical Society is the ability to take advantage of expert discussions on a variety of genealogy topics.

Special Interest Groups (SIG) are meetings of people that are interested in specific and general areas of genealogy.  WGS offers three SIGS:

  • DNA Special Interest Group 
  • Technology SIG 
  • Native American Ancestry and Research SIG
  • Genealogy Talk SIG

See our SIG page for details, schedules, and how to join in.

New SIG  Group

February 21st will be the first meeting of the Native American Ancestry and Research SIG. Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month, it will be held in the Hyde Conference Room, in the Research Pavilion at the library,  6 PM to 7. 

Join us to learn about Native American Ancestry & Research. Discover the latest in Native American research and explore a new topic in-depth each month. Time will be allocated to answer questions and assist with individual research, as well.

This is a member’s only special interest group (SIG). If you’re not a member, join today. Any questions may be sent to Jason Felihkatubbe at

Saturday, March 23rd Program

Interpreting The Results of Your DNA Test.  The presentation will cover services offered by, FTDNA, MyHeritage, and 23andMe. One will gain an understanding of how these companies produce and present your ethnic origins and what that means for your research. This will be followed by a discussion of your matches: what does that mean and how were these numbers computed. Finally, the day will close with tips on how to use your matches to further your genealogical research and break down those brick walls.

Internet Genealogy Lecture Series

March 2nd and 30th. Another great lecture series by Jason Felihkatubbe. While most researchers are familiar with, there are several other sources that should be on your go-to list of research targets:  Newspapers, FamilySearch, and military records. Read more here, and don't miss this series.

Member Benefits - Why Join?

The 2024 program line-up is one example of WGS Membership Benefits. While monthly meetings are open to the public, some presentations are fee-based, paid by the society. Your membership helps sustain these excellent programs along with providing numerous member-only resources and assistance to you:

  • Member-only classes for new and advanced genealogists.
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
  • Quarterly newsletter.
  • Exclusive website research records.
  • Board &volunteer opportunities.
  • Annual conference discounts.
  • Member-only Special Events.

In addition, your membership supports many WGS activities and library services. Though the following are open to the public, you can be proud of your membership contributions to the Wichita genealogical community.

  • Internet-based research databases.
  • Speaker fees and refreshments.
  • Conference rental space and services.
  • Office supplies and postage.
  • Donations to library have included:
    • Genealogical related books.
    • Digital microfilm readers.
    • Genealogy magazine subscriptions.
    • Research database subscriptions.
    • . . . and more

See our membership page to see how you can join and just as important, renew your membership.

2024 Program Calendars

The new 2024 program calendar is available, in two formats. (PDFs)

  1. A two-page listing with descriptions of the presentation.
  2. One-page table with all the meetings, SIG dates, and board meetings.

Don't miss these programs!

Join the WGS Board 

The New Year brings opportunities for our members to make a difference with the society. We have several exciting Board of Directors positions open, one surely entices you:

  • Vice President
  • Programs Director
  • Technology Director
  • Director of Special Projects
  • Historian

Our board members, current and past, are genealogists just like you – they come from all backgrounds and experiences.

One of these may fit your interests. None take a lot of time. See the Volunteer Page for descriptions and a printed PDF. Clarification, details, and answers to your questions are available for the asking.

January AVC is Here!

The WGS January newsletter, Ark Valley Crossroads, is now available to all members to view online HERE. Hardcopy versions will be mailed to those who have registered for those.  Featured highlights

  • How It All Began: The Founding of the Wichita Genealogical Society
  • 2024 WGS Calendar
  •  WGS Membership Survey Results

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