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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.

April 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:

  • National Personnel Records Center (Military)
  • Fold3

 June Program Complete -Research Methods for Success. Jason shared some good genealogy common sense with his talk. it was a great topic for beginners and a good refresher for the experienced.

We learned how to effectively:

  • Identify a research goal.
  • Develop a research plan.
  • Implement that research plan.

it was presented by Jason Felihkatubbe. 

July 20th Program 

The Quest for Your English Ancestors — Learn how to research the challenges of English Civil and church records, and census records back to 1837.

Presented by Clair Brisson-Banks.

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!

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.

Registration is Now Open

Don't miss another terrific genealogy conference with a great lineup of topics presented by Cari Taplin. Click HERE for registration.


WGS has extended the 'Member' registration price to members of any Kansas or Oklahoma genealogical society.  See the registration page!

2024 Annual Conference Announcement

WGS has announced details of the Annual Genealogy Conference, to be held October 5th, 2024. Continuing with past success, it will be held in the spacious Eugene M. Hughes Metroplex, a Wichita State University facility.

This year's key speaker is Cari Taplin, a well-known national genealogy speaker and instructor. A lineup of great topics will benefit all ranges of genealogists, from beginners to advanced researchers.

See the Conference pages for schedules, presentation descriptions, and more. Registration is now open, holding the same fee as before. As usual, conference registration includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch, raffle, vendor exhibits, and more.

Mark your calendar now and watch for additional information.

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:

  • Programs 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.

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