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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

2023 Programs

2023 Programs

We have put together a summary calendar of the 2023  monthly programs. The programs are conducted in the large conference rooms at the Advanced Learning Library on our normal 3rd Saturday of the month. The calendar also lists the schedule of SIG meetings.

Click HERE for a 2023 calendar in PDF format. You can print it or save it to your computer.

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Wow, Did You Know?

Twelve Years of AVC Stories Indexed

We recently completed an online index of all the articles since 2010—over 350 of them.  Everyone can browse the list of articles from the AVC Newsletter Index under RESEARCH Tab and a few are free examples for non-members.  All the articles can only be reached by logged-in members. Click here for AVC Index.

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June 17, 2023 Program

Researching in German Civil
and Parish Records

with Alexander Tolksdorg

The presentation focuses on German civil records and parish records, with emphasis on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. The complexity of Germany’s history, and its effect on genealogical sources can be difficult obstacles for a family historian to overcome. 

Fantastic Research Tool Now Available in Wichita Libraries

On May 12th, the popular newspaper archive became part of the library’s database collection. This is great research tool for genealogists and family historians. 

Thousands of newspapers are viewable with great coverage of small-town Kansas papers along with major cities. It is searchable by keyword (could be a person’s name), a date range, an area, and even a specific newspaper. Results can be viewed on the screen, and printed or saved to a removable drive (supplied by you).

Indispensable for Family History Research

Some discoveries can add unimaginable detail to family stories.  You might find names mentioned in local activities, obituaries, legal notices, and others. Even small town newspapers, included regular columns covering news in nearby smaller towns and townships. Just as important, these articles are dated, which is important when re-constructing history.

Database access is available while in the library. You will need to log-in to a library computer using your card number. From the library website home page, it can be found in the RESEARCH AND LEARN tab and then select ALL DATABASES. Try it, you'll like it.

Member Features

Native American Research

A two-part class held on June 24th and July 29th will examine the resources and techniques for researching ancestors with Native American roots.  See the Class page for details.

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

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 (SIG)
  • Technology SIG 
  • Genealogy Talk SIG

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

More News

2023 Conference Speaker

Registration is Now OPEN Here

The WGS is happy to announce that Cheri Hudson Passey is the key speaker at the 2023 WGS Genealogy Conference Oct 7, 2023 — In Person!

Cheri is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer, speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. She is the host of the YouTube genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher. 

Learn more conference details and register.

Genealogy Magazines & Periodicals on Display

The Wichita Genealogical Society recently donated a magazine rack to the Research Pavilion to display many popular genealogy magazines, journals, and newsletter. Now in one place you can see the latest news, trends, and tips from leading authors and publishers.

The WGS initiated this gift as a result of our recent program to purchase leading publications for our society members and friends. Titles include Internet Genealogy, FamilyTree MagazineAmerican Ancestors Quarterly, and many others.

You can't miss it. As you proceed towards the book stacks, it is easily seen in front of the glass storage area. Stop and browse.

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