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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Settlers from everywhere came into Texas during the middle of the nineteenth century. There were many ways to come to Texas, some came by waterways, some came overland and some came by Mexico. Texas was both a destination and a way station for immigrants. This lecture will look at who came, where they came from, the trails they took to come to Texas and the papers they left behind.
"The Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President "
Before homesteading as free men in the African American settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, Tom Johnson and John Samuels were enslaved by U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841) and his daughter Imogene Pence. Johnson became a controversial figure when he married Julia Chinn, a biracial woman and mother of his two daughters. This presentation follows Tom and John's journey from enslavement in Kentucky to freedom experienced in an all Black town. Learn about their lives on the Johnson plantation, the tragic split of their families, and their migration and settlement at historic Nicodemus.
Most of us spend more time planning a family weekend than we do planning to make a trip to the courthouse or library. This lecture lays the foundation for planning our research trips.
Many families have ancestors that came from Scotland. This lecture will discuss the depositories in Scotland and what information you need to obtain original certificates.
Donnis Crane will present "Footprints to Land Records…A Simple Guide to Finding Your Ancestor's Land."
In this presentation, Donnis Crane will lead us step-by-step in the search of ancestor's land. From Census Records to land records, we will learn the process to plow through court house land records, the difference between deeds, grants, patents, and claims, and how to decipher a legal land description. We will learn what Range, Township and Section mean and what Metes and Bounds are and where they are used. Finally, we will learn how to map to our own ancestor's land. Donnis is an independent historian, and, in addition to 'FOOTPRINTS', is the author of 'Josie - A Pioneer Girl', the story of one of the last homesteading families in America, and 'These Kaleidoscope Hills', a collection of story narratives from the Missouri Ozarks.
The 2015 KCGS Conference will be co-hosted by the Wichita Genealogical Society and will be held TBA
Further details and a registration form will be available in April.
Does your family tree have a few Frenchmen hanging around? Today we learn some basic French terms. We will consider doing the research on our own or hiring a research assistant or maybe plan a trip to France, then what?
October is Family History Month. WGS will host an Annual Conference at THe Hughes Metropolitan Complex
More information will be forthcoming