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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Calendar of Events
Lionel Alford Branch Library | 3447 S. Meridian | Wichita, Kansas
Map to Alford Branch Library
Every third Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
- 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.
- June 4 – July 23, 2015 - "Genealogy 301 Classes"
A series of 8 weekly classes on topics in Intermediate Genealogy starts June 4 at the Alford Branch Library from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. The objective for this course is to give participants an intermediate 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 301 Classes.
- 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
"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 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.
- 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.
- 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
"Seagoing Cowboys" presented by Don Zookn
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.
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