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.

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    Latest News You Can Use

    2015 Allen County Genealogy Library Research Trip in September – Premier Genealogy Library

    Allen County Lib

    September 26 - October 4, 2015
    Don't Miss This Great Opportunity – Details

    Reservations are filling up fast - Don't Delay!


    4th Annual Conference Speaker Announced

    The Wichta Genealogical Society is proud to anounce Diane C. Loosle as the keynote speaker and presenter for the 4th Annual Conference October 15..

    Ms. Loosle, Director of FamilySearch Centers worldwide, brings twenty one years of research and management experience with FamilySearch. See more details about Diane and the conference here.

    New Wichita Library Video

    View this informative, professional video about the vision and plans for the new Wichita Public Library. This is a Must-View on the topic. Click Here.

    New Wichita Library Update

    January 13th the Wichita City Council approved the second of 4 phases of the new central library project. Library Foundation Chair Don Barry gave the presentation. Read more about the new library.

    New Wichita Library Proposal

    New Wichita Public Library concept drawing


    Upcoming Events

    Lionel Alford Branch Library | 3447 S. Meridian | Wichita, Kansas

    Map to Alford Branch Library

    Every third Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

    • March 26 – May 14, 2015 - "Genealogy 101 Classes"

    A series of 8 weekly classes on topics in Beginning Genealogy starts March 26 at the Alford Branch Library from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. The objective for this course is to give participants an introductory look into selected topics that will give them the tools to use as they search for their family history. More about the classes can be found by clicking on Genealogy 101 Classes.

    • April 18, 2015 - "Research in Scotland"

    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.

    • May 16, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting

    Donnis Slusser Crane will present 'How to Write Your OWN family story'.

    Don't miss this informative presentation.

    Break down those barriers! Donnis Crane will help us define the scope and outcome of our own writing process. She will present ideas on how to turn writing excuses into challenges, 'quit' researching and just write it! She will show us how to knit family artifacts, documents and legends into an interesting narrative. Donnis is an independent historian, passionate about recording family stories. In addition to Write Your OWN Family Story, Donnis is the author of Footprints to Land Records – a guide to finding your ancestors' land and Josie - A Pioneer Girl, the story of one of the last homesteading families in America. In addition, Donnis co-authored These Kaleidoscope Hills, a collection of story narratives from the Missouri Ozarks.

    • June 20, 2015 - Annual Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Conference

    Plan to Attend. The 2015 KCGS Conference, co-hosted by the Wichita Genealogical Society , will be held June 20, 2015 at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N., Wichita, Kansas

    The featured speaker is Kathleen Brandt, noted genealogist, speaker, and writer. Her clients include NBC - Who Do You Think You Are, PBS - Finding Your Roots, and the History Channel - How the States Got Their Shapes.

    Further details, a brochure, and registration form will be available in April.

    • July 18, 2015 - "Starting Points To Research French Ancestors."

    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?

    • August 15, 2015 - Quarterly Meeting - TBA

    "Lost Kansas Communities" presented by M. J. Morgan

    Presentation Explores Kansas Towns Lost to Time – Kansas has nearly 9,000 disappeared towns and communities, caused by its unusual and spectacularly fast settlement history. The variety of town types is as striking as the stories they left behind. This talk will explore research conducted on lost Kansas places and discuss problems researchers have when searching for information. See the Lost Kansas Communities flyer (PDF).

    • September 26 - October 4, 2015 - 2015 Research Trip to Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    The Wichita Genealogical Society announces the 2015 trip to the premier Public Genealogy Library east of the Mississippi, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

    Cost: $825.00 Double Occupancy - $1,045.00 Single. Includes transportation, all lodging, all breakfasts, evening food bar at the St. Louis hotel, luggage handling in Ft. Wayne and the driver tip.

    For more information click About the Allen County Library Trip . To reserve your space, click Allen County Library Trip Registration Form.

    • October 10, 2015 - "Fourth Annual WGS Conference"

    October is Family History Month. WGS will host an Annual Conference at The Hughes Metropolitan Complex. See details here.

    • November 21, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting - TBA

    • December - No Meeting

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