Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Early City Hall and Carnegie Library

September Webinar Recording Available

Our latest Webinar: DNA for Genealogists - The Basics is available for viewing by Members.
Login to your membership account and choose either the WEBINAR RECORDINGS under CLASS SLIDES & VIDEOS or simply CLICK HERE for access.
The recent recording of Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail by Dr. Leo E. Oliva is also available.

WGS Implements Zoom

The Wichita Genealogical Society has licensed Zoom Webinar to bring you our usual educational and fun monthly programs. Until we can all meet in large groups, please join us for presentations that help with genealogy research and historical context. Also, watch for additional programs that can be brought to you through the magic of a virtual world.

A Message From The WGS President

Dear Members,
The WGS board met on June 8, 2020 and discussed the future meetings at the Wichita Public Library.  As of today, it doesn’t appear that WPL facilities will be available for our face-to-face monthly programs without severe limitations (spacing, masks, registrations).  
  As of June 8th, the access at the Wichita Public Library is limited.  Here’s a summary of their status as of June 8th.  For a complete listing and the most up-to-date status, see the library website at https://www.wichitalibrary.org/covid-19.
  1. The public is not allowed access to any of the stacks.  Book retrieval is done by staff members.
  2. All returned books are placed in quarantine for an as yet determined length of time.
  3. The current meeting limitations are 1 person/50 sq. ft, masks and advance registration of all attendees.  These limitations could change to 1 person/35 sq. ft later this year, but the date is unsure.  We don’t know if registration and masks will still be required.
  4. The storage of quarantined books and the re-purposing of the conference rooms as computing centers (with the required spacing) means that none of the conference rooms are available.  There are a few rooms available at Evergreen Library, but they will close in September for a building refurbishment. 
What does this mean to WGS programs?
  • Our next presentation, scheduled for July 18th and covering research of ancestors who served in the military in the 1800s, will be made accessible via our website https://wichitagensoc.org/ in July.
  • We are looking at ways to provide our quarterly, historical presentations virtually, as well.
  • We will make a decision on our October conference in early July. 
  • We are investigating the use of Zoom for our monthly SIG meeting.
I’m very sorry that the current quarantine situation has halted our opportunities to talk face-to-face.  I hope your family history research is continuing unabated and I definitely look forward to seeing you all.  Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for notices. (June 10, 2020)
Margaret Kline
WGS President

Find A Grave Video Presentation

The Wichita Genealogical Society has released a 3-Part video class titled Getting the Most from Find A Grave today, Saturday, May 16th. With great features for genealogists, Find A Grave can help you organize, report, and share ancestor resting place information.
CLICK HERE for the Video Presentation Page.  Enjoy! 

Genealogy Activities - Status

The following facilities and conferences have been impacted by the Covid-19. See the associated updates.
Wichita Library
The Wichita Libraries are opening May 26 with limited access. Unfortunately, the Research Pavilion in the Advanced Learning Library is still closed. Visit https://wichitalibrary.org/covid-19 for details of the library opening.
Topeka Genealogical Society Annual Conference
Re-scheduled for October 30-31. The Topeka Genalogical Society has re-scheduled their Annual Conference to October 30-31, in a virtual format. Visit their website for details: www.tgstopeka.org.


Genealogy Research Opportunities

Have free time on your hands? Now is a perfect time to look deeper into your interests. Here are a couple free opportunities.

Digital Public Library of America
Are you aware of the Digital Public Library of America (www.dp.la)? It is a non-profit organization with a wide collection and offerings for genealogists. This includes The Family Research Guide to DPLA - https://dp.la/guides/the-family-research-guide-to-dpla. The following statement from DPLA describes this guide:

DPLA is totally free to use and open to all – no library card, subscription, or sign-up required! Our collection, with items from many institutions, offers a unique research resource for family historians and genealogists.

Ancestry Library Version
The Wichita Public Library is temporarily providing access to the Library Edition of Ancestry from your home or other remote location. This is normally only available from a library PC in the ALL or a branch. You still need a library card number to login and access this great service. For those who already have a subscription to Ancestry, there is still added benefit to using the library edition. While it cannot access your trees, it does provide many records that are only available on the World Edition. Take a look.

With your internet browser connect to: https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/Polaris/Search/misc/esources.aspx, click on Ancestry Library Edition and follow login instructions. This link is also available from the libraries COVID-19 page:  https://wichitalibrary.org/covid-19

Note:  This remote access could change when the library re-opens.


2020 Monthly Meeting Schedule

Mark your calendar for our 2020 Monthly Meetings. We have an interesting and informative schedule of programs for you. We are changing many of the presentations to 'Virtual' meetings using online-based applications. Please watch for announcements about each meeting.
 October 17
 Piecing the Census Puzzle Together
 Melissa Tennant
 November 21
 Politics on the Platform:  Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua  1920
 Sarah Bell
 No monthly meeting – Happy Holidays

Monthly Activity Updates

Stay informed about Wichita Genealogical Society activities.  Sign up for a monthly email of current and upcoming events.
Click on the green Sign Up button and a new page will come up.  Complete the form then click on the blue Sign Up button to send. 
But wait...for the confirmation email that will arrive in your mailbox. Confirm that you want the WGS email sent to you (it has to do with anti-spam laws) and you should be set.  Thank you for subscribing.


October 17
Piecing the Census Puzzle Together
Presented by Melissa C. Tennant -   Melissa C. Tennant, MLS, Genealogy Services Manager at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, will gives us great tips on locating ancestors in Census documents and how to understand all the information that can be gleaned from these records. Discover the factors that ...
November 21
Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua
Chautauqua was a movement that focused on moral education and self-improvement through programs on reform, religion, and culture. The movement was useful for advancing the cause of "womanhood" and provided a space for women to discuss important issues of the day. By the 1890s, women had succeeded in making it ...