Wichita Genealogical Society - 1987
Wichita Genealogical Society Keeper of the Plains
Another Sucessful Conference
6th Annual Conference – "A Day With Ancestry"
October 14, 2017
Saturday, October 14th, we enjoyed a full day of presentions by Juliana Szucs from  Ancestry.com.  Great information, and a chance to meet with 175 of our closest friends - a great turnout.  Thanks to all that came, See some photos here.


Wichita Library Hosts Big Read

The City of Wichita is proud to announce Big Read Wichita will return for its tenth consecutive year. Big Read Wichita is a program providing residents opportunities to experience quality literary and arts programming throughout the community that is focused around one book and its themes.
The title of this year's book is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. Published in 2008, this book is the City's first non-fiction title selected for this literary program and represents both the local and national efforts to provide modern books with current themes for the community to discuss.. Read all about it here:  Big Read
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment, NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Wichita "Who's Who" Indexed

We continue adding more records and indexes to our collection of online historical data from the Wichita. The 1929 and 1980 Who's Who in Wichita index have been posted in the Area Research section.  CLICK HERE to see over 2,000 names in the 1929 volume and more than 1,000 in the 1980 book. These books with the named biographies can then be viewed in the Wulfmeyer Genealogy Center in the downtown library.

NEW! Obituary Indexes 1939, 1941-45 & 1954

The Wichta Genealogical team led by Rosie Wiley has completed indexing all obituaries that appeared in the 1939, 1941 through 1945 & 1954 Wichita Morning Eagle. The index gives a date and page number in the paper where an obituary is found. Members, login and Click Here to see the indexes and discover how you can get a copy of the obituary. More years are being indexed and will be available soon.


NEW! Early Wichita Death Certificates

Wichita Death Certificates
The WGS has recently completed the index and transcription of death certificates issued by the city of Wichita from 1887 to 1911. This information is free to all visitors to this web site.  Click Here to see the wonderful new data available for your genealogy and family history research.


13,000 Names Indexed for You

The WGS has completed a massive project of indexing over 60 books of Wichita history listing more than 13,000 name entries. The complete index is available to WGS members to help them find ancestors and family members that may have appeared in one of these books.  
The index gives the book title, the page number of the entry, and the library call number to help find the book.  It is sorted by surname and available in nine volumes as PDFs.  Members, log in and  CLICK here to see this fabulous resource.


Wichita & Sedgwick County History Book

We have recently discovered a great history resource in our own Wichita Public Library. It is the Wichita and Sedgwick County History Book.  Now it was not lost, hidden, or is it new. Most of us just didn't know it existed. Michelle Enke, our Local History Librarian, brought this interesting book to our attention recently. Learn about area history from a two-volume collection of published articles from the 1880s to 1932.  The WGS has indexed the book and includes that index online for WGS Members. You may find your ancestors in it. Learn about it here – FOR WGS MEMBERS ONLY.


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November 6
Special Interest Group Meeting
WGS Members Only
November 18
Abraham Lincoln Remembered
Spend the day with Abraham Lincoln. Tom Leahy has been a Lincoln re-enactor for more than a decade. This performance will cover the life span of Lincoln with an emphasis on both his family life and the more important speeches during the Civil War.  
January 20
Jump Starting your research for the New Year