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Upcoming events

    • June 17, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Advanced Learning Library

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

    Alexander  is a genealogist and speaker, accredited in the Germany – East region. He has experience researching across Germany, and in Dutch and Eastern European record sets and family lines. His personal family history journey was inspired by a trip to Ellis Island and flourished through correspondence with his great uncle in Germany, who also was an active family historian.

    He graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy and holds an MBA. Alex is a financial analyst at the Ford Motor Company, and is the current President of the Ford Genealogy Club. He regularly speaks to genealogical societies across Michigan and across the US through virtual platforms

    Free and open to the public in Conference Rooms B & C in the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St, Wichita, KS

    • June 24, 2023
    • (UTC)
    • July 29, 2023
    • (UTC)
    • 2 sessions
    • Hyde Conference Room, Wichita Public Library, Advanced Learning Library
    • 11

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    Native American Research: An Instructive Series. Four Sessions Conducted over Two Days. Includes:  includes Beginning Research, Enrollment Records, Tribal Records, and DNA& The Native American. 

    June 24, 2023

       10:30-11:25 – Beginning Research / The Basics 
       11:35-12:30 – Enrollment Records (Rolls) 

    July 29, 2023

       10:30-11:25 – Tribal Records
       11:35-12:30 – DNA & The Native American

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    • July 15, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Advanced Learning Library

    Old handwriting in family and civil records looks indecipherable or with strange wording many times. Genealogist Margo Farris Brewer presents tips and secrets to understanding many of these situations.  Presented by Margo Farris Brewer.

    Margo Fariss Brewer is an active genealogical instructor, consultant and lecturer who resides in North Carolina. She is the co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her specialties are methodology, military and land records, courthouse research and assisted research trips to the Family History Library.

    Margo is the President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society and several other state and local societies.

    Free and open to the public in Conference Rooms B & C in the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St, Wichita, KS

    • October 07, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC)
    • Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex

    Save the Date:  October 7th, 2023

    Join us in the Metroplex Complex for another great annual conference - In Person!  Join us and spend a day with Cheri Hudson Pasey.   

    Cheri is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher.

    Recently she has been honored to join a team of genealogical researchers for the U.S. Army in their effort to repatriate Soldiers who have been listed as Killed in Action. By using her skills to locate next of kin, it is hoped positive identification through DNA testing will occur when remains are discovered and our war heroes can return home to their families.

    Cheri is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, The NextGen Genealogy Network, APG-SL Chapter where she serves as the chapter liaison, The South Carolina Historical Society, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, The North Carolina Genealogical Society, and several South Carolina Genealogy Societies. She currently serves as the Program Chair and is a past President of the Grand Strand Genealogy Club. She also serves as the Treasurer for the Geneabloggers Tribe and serves on committees for the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

    Cher will share expert genealogy tips and insight during these four sessions.

    They Lived Where? How to tackle New-to-You research locations

    Finding a branch from our tree that lived in a place we have never researched can leave us clueless about where to begin. Learn methods and strategies for understanding the records, history, and best practices for tackling a new research location.

    Analyzing Probate Records. Follow the clues left after death.

    Probate Records can shed light on your ancestors even when there’s no will. Learn how to use these records to find clues and help answer your research questions.

    Diving into Directories: Ways to find family and clues between the pages

    City Directories once were where people went to look for information on people, businesses, and locations. Today we can use them in our research to locate addresses and find clues to ore records that may hold important information.

    Evidence: Direct, Indirect, or Negative? It Depends!

    Do you know the difference between Director, Indirect, and Negative evidence? Need clarification about why it matters? In this session, examples of each of the three types of genealogy evidence will be presented, along with explanations on how to recognize and use each to climb your family tree.

Past events

May 20, 2023 Kansas Tycoon Emerson Carey
April 29, 2023 McCormick School Museum Tour
April 15, 2023 Before Rosie: The Women of the Great War
March 18, 2023 Dowsing for History
February 18, 2023 African American Musicians in Kansas 1860-1920
January 21, 2023 Finding Your Ancestor When the Courthouse Has Burned
January 03, 2023 Genealogy Talk SIG
November 19, 2022 The Kansas Industrial Farm for Women
October 29, 2022 Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Series
October 08, 2022 2022 WGS Annual Conference
September 17, 2022 African-American Genealogy
August 27, 2022 The Amazon Army
August 01, 2022 Genealogy Talk SIG Meeting
July 16, 2022 Using Maps in Genealogy
June 11, 2022 Researching Mexican Ancestry
May 21, 2022 Beginning Genealogy 2022
May 14, 2022 Lucy Tayiah Eads ‘Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians’
May 13, 2022 Heartland Family History Conference
April 16, 2022 Trash or Treasure
March 19, 2022 Telling Their Story
February 19, 2022 William Allen White and the KKK in Kansas
November 20, 2021 More Than Names and Dates: Social History and Genealogy
October 09, 2021 WGS Annual Conference
September 18, 2021 Native American Indian Genealogy
August 21, 2021 Honky Tonkers & Western Swingers: Stories of Country Music in Wichita, Kansas
July 17, 2021 The Western History Collections
June 19, 2021 Creating a Research Guide by Rosie Wiley
May 15, 2021 Susanna Madora Salter, 1st U.S. Mayor
April 17, 2021 The G.A.R. in Kansas
March 20, 2021 DNA for Genealogy - Clusters
February 20, 2021 Dockum Drugstore Sit-In Webinar
January 16, 2021 January 2021 Webinar

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