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.

  • To learn more about WGS click About WGS.
  • To learn more about joining WGS click Membership in WGS.
  • To immediately dig in click Getting Started.
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    Don't Miss The

    4th Annual Genealogy Conference

    Registration NOW Open!

    Great program by World-Wide Director of Family History Centers, Diane C. Loosle. Learn of new research sources and techniques from the worlds largest source of genealogy data.

    Diane C. Loosle

    "Opening Up To New Discoveries"

    Discover world-wide genealogy data and Kansas-specific on-line resources.
    Diane C. Loosle, keynote and featured speaker, shares in-depth research tips for finding world-wide data and saving memories. Michelle Enke, Local History Librarian at Wichita Public Library, shares online Kansas History and Genealogy resources.

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    Hughes Metropolitan Complex - Wichita
    Read about the speakers, topics, and schedule including how to register.


    The Big Read


    "Into the Beautiful North"

    by Luis Alberto Urrea

    October 1 – November 15, 2015

    Join nineteen year old Nayeli on her journey north and south of the border to protect her home in Urrea's skillfully crafted novel that "transcends the 'us against them' discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars."

    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.


    The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


    Calendar of Events

    Every third Saturday at 1:00 P.M.
    Lionel Alford Branch Library | 3447 S. Meridian | Wichita, Kansas
    Map to Alford Branch Library

    • September 19, 2015 - How To Weigh The Evidence & How To Keep Your Records Safe.

    In order to determine the validity of what you have found, you must weigh the evidence in order to reach a conclusion. There are evidence evaluation standards that have been established by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. These guidelines can be used to help us make a decision about the validity of what we have found. Also, we are going to look at how Libraries keep their holdings safe from disasters like (Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, & fires). We will discuss ways you can keep you records safe.

    Download this presentation poster to share with others and post on your bulletin board for a reminder.

    • 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.

    • 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, including the conference schedule and registration forms.

    • November 21, 2015 - WGS Quarterly Meeting

    "Seagoing Cowboys" presented by Don Zook

    In the summer of 1946, a young 16-year-old Don Zook from Pawnee County, Kansas was one of thirty cowboys from throughout the United States who attended 840 bred mares as they were shipped across the Atlantic to Danzig, Poland. From 1945 to 1947, hundreds of young men sailed across the Atlantic with adventure upon their minds and a mission in their hearts. Don Zook will share about the program that helped to bring relief to war-torn Europe. He will share an informative video, share about his own experiences and then answer questions.

    Download this poster to share with others and post on your bulletin board for a reminder.

  • December - No Meeting

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