Welcome to the Wichita Genealogical Society Web Site!
Our Mission is:
"to facilitate the gathering of genealogical and family history information for the researcher and
to support the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Wichita Public Library"
The Wichita Genealogical Society (WGS) is an important link to your gaining information, sharpening your research methodologies, seeking and understanding sources, and applying your genealogical knowledge.
Whether you are researching Sedgwick County, the surrounding counties, or nation wide, you may want to consider joining the Society. WGS has regular meetings which offer helpful lectures and workshops to benefit your genealogical research.
October has been declared "Wichita Family History Month". To see the Proclamation, click Proclamation
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Two new Hot Links Two new helpful resource sites have been aded to our Hot Links web page, Kansas Newspapers and Maps for genealogy.
Interest Group Meetings (for members only) are held on the first Monday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Westlink Branch of the Wichita Public Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita
The date for the October 2014 WGS Board meeting will be October 7th instead of the 13th.
WGS has partnered with the Wichita Public Library on the THE 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. Additional information may be found via this link Big Read
Record keeping in Ireland is different from the rest of the British Isles. We will review the jurisdictional boundaries to help locate and identify records related to the area where your ancestors might have lived.
--- Diane Eickhoff will present "Women Rising: How Kansas Women Gained the Vote, 1859-1912"
Kansas women gained the vote in 1912, eight years before Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting voting rights to all American women. To accomplish this feat, Kansas women had to overcome many obstacles, including the indifference of their own sex and the fear many had of being considered "unladylike." This program will re-visit the women's suffrage campaigns of 1859, 1867, 1894, and 1912.
Diane is an independent historian and the author of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights.
We will look at the origin and evolution of counties in Illinois. Guides that will help with the location of Illinois records will be discussed. Census records that cover the Federal census, as well as, Territorial, State census and squatters reports. Many other topics to help with Illinois research will be discussed.
The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2014 trip to the largest genealogy library in the world, The Family History Libraray, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cost: $750.00 Double Occupancy - $975.00 Single
For more information click About the Family History Library Trip . To reserve your space, click Trip Registration Info.
October is Family History Month. WGS will host an Annual Conference at THe Hughes Metropolitan Complex with three presenters.
For more information click 2014 Conference Info.
Registration is opened to the public. For registration to reach us before the due date of September 27, please mail at least four (4) days before the end of the registration period. Registration forms can be downloaded from 2014 WGS Annual Conference Registration . The registration fee includes all of the lectures, handouts, morning coffee and light snack, and a cold buffet lunch of build your own sandwich.
During the bleak days of the Dust Bowl, women used their green thumbs and gardening skills to extend their daily menus, earn money, and even beautify their dreary environs. Drawing from first-hand accounts, this talk explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs these women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families' menu, larder, meals, and mood.
Sara Jane is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and a professor of English at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.