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

Genealogy 101 Classes

We are holding beginning genealogy classes again this spring. The program includes two days of classes, March 7th and 14th, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at the Advanced Learning Library. Mary Hursey will be presenting these popular classes.
Starting Your Research.
The how, who, when, where of researching your family history.
Census Records
How Federal and State Census Records can help in family history research
Vital Records 
Birth, Marriage, and Death
Effectively Search the Internet
Tools to help in searching websites.
Top Websites to Research     
Look at the popular search sites free and paid.
Class is limited to 16 people, first registered are in, The Registration Form is here. This is open to members or non-members, though you can join the WGS using the registration form also.
What:    Beginning Genealogy Classes
When:   March 7th and 14,  1:00-3:00 PM
Where:  Advanced Learning Library

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. 
 March 21
 Stories of J. R. Meade - A Wichita Founder
 Dr. Schuyler Jones
 April 18
 Getting the Most from Find A Grave
 Gary Clark
 May 16
 Rosie the Riveter
 Connie Palacioz
 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
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March 21
Stories of James R. Mead – A Wichita Founder
Dr. Schuyler Jones, retired anthropologist, Oxford professor, museum curator, world traveler, author, and grandson of Wichita founder J.R. Mead, will share stories about Mr. Mead and the founding of Wichita in honor of the city's 150th anniversary. The program is co-sponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society.
April 18
Getting the Most from Find A Grave
Find A Grave is much more than a simple cemetery and grave search website. Gravesite reports and tools within the application make finding, tracking, and managing your collection of ancestors' gravesites simple and efficient. Also, the quirks of Find A Grave will be revealed, along with tips and tricks to ...
May 16
Rosie the Riveter
Connie Palacioz worked twice on the storied B-29 super fortress known as “Doc”.  As a teenager, she put rivets into “Doc” and hundred of other B-29’s during WWII.  More than half a century later she was among hundreds of volunteers who helped restore “Doc” to his original glory.   ...
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.