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

Genealogy Classes Announced

Sign Up Now! The Wichita Genealogy Society announces our 2016 schedule of Genealogy Classes. Learn more about the Beginning and Intermediate classes HERE. Beginning Classes start March 24.

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.

Volunteer Service Awards

The Wichita Genealogical Society is proud to join the Volunteer Service Award program that recognizes your work and volunteer hours in genealogy programs. Please read about this program and see how your efforts can be acknowledged by this national program and the WGS.
Wichita Volunteer  Ward Program


2016 Salt Lake City Trip

Join Us For the Ultimate Research Trip
The 2016 WGS research trip takes us to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City! Mark your calendar and register for a week of research at the worlds largest genealogy library and research center –  September of 2016.
September 17 through September 25, 2016. Registration is now OPEN.  Read how!


Montly Activity Updates

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May 21
Quarterly Meeting - Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: The KFDI Story
Presented by Orin Friesen, this is the 90+ history story of the AM radio station that is rembered as KFDI.   Orin Friesen recently celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. Though he is currently a cowboy singer at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, he still does a weekly program of Bluegrass ...
June 18
Civil War Research - Getting Started
Over 3 million of our ancestors fought in the civil war.  There were 2,213,363 in the Union army and 1,050,000 in the Confederate.  There is a great probability that your ancestor fought in the Civil War.  There are many records making this war a unique and rich genealogical resource.
July 16
Rails Across America
On July 4, 1828, the cornerstone for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was laid by Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The first thirteen miles of the B&O Railroad was completed in 1830.  Many of our ancestors worked on railroads across the United States.  Some ...
August 20
"The Fur Trade Era of the Early American West, 1806-1837", presented by Bones & WhiteFawn
The last Mountain Man rendezvous was held along the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1837.  Bones and WhiteFawn have attended many dozens of rendezvous, setting up historical displays all over central and western Kansas including one at the Kansas State University for the 125th anniversary of Kansas ...
September 10
Layers of On-Line Searches
No one search method works all the time.  Both online and classic search methods have their advantages and limitations.  You need to know how to switch from one type of on-line search to another.  Layering on-line search techniques (from No Name searches to Alphabetical Browsing) helps you find more on-line ...