Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kansas Genealogical Society Annual Meeting

The Kansas Genealogical Society annual meeting and seminar will be Thursday October 7, 2010, V/S Lower Level Meeting Room, Village Square Mall, 2601 Central, Dodge City, Kansas. Registration and coffee starts are 9 A.M. Lunch is on your own from 12:00 to 1:15 P.M. The featured speaker is Mary Clement Douglass of Salina. Mrs. Douglass revised the “Kansas” chapter in Ancestry’s Red Book, 2004 Edition. She is the director of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the past director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was curator for the Smoky Hills Museum in Salina for ten years. Mrs. Douglass will speak on 1) Help! I’ve Fallen Under my Genealogy Notes & I Can’t Get Up; 2) Read That Deed for All It’s Worth! Are You Using All the Clues Found in A Land Transfer? and 3) More Than Just Pretty Pictures: Effectively Use Maps in Research.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Midwest Photo Contest

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society, in Wichita, Kansas, has issued a call for your favorite photos of the great Midwest. Guidelines and entry form can be found at
Get your camera out and start shooting today!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tartan Day Video

There is a video of Dr. Frank Maurer's Tartan Day presentation at Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Midwest Trip to Oklahoma City Canceled

The trip to Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center planned for August 2, 2010 by Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society has been canceled due to lack of interest. There were not enough registrations to fill the bus that had been reserved.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Frank Maurer & the Tartan Stone

Frank Maurer, Californian, using only a mallet and chisel, has hand carved a Stone native to each state (in Kansas, that would be limestone) and presents it in a special ceremony. Frank will be at Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society, 1203 North Main, Wichita, KS to hold this ceremony for Kansas on August 14 at 11:00 a.m.
During the ceremony he covers some of his personal life history, his Scottish genealogy, his DNA history and the history and future development of the Tartan Day celebrations. The Stone will contain engravings of all eight official state symbols, the words "Tartan Day" and other carvings specific to Kansas.
The ceremony will take place outdoors in order for the Caledonian Pipes and Drums to have room to march and play in honor of Scottish history. A short reception will be held after the presentation in the main room of the library. All are welcome.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

KCGS Annual Meeting and Conference 2011

Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies will hold it's annual meeting and conference June 18, 2011, with Riley County Genealogical Society as the co-host, in Manhattan, KS. The featured speaker will be Anne Staley, Jacksville, Florida.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society Trip to OK City

OKC HERE WE COME — And You're Invited

We're headed for Oklahoma City on the bus! Join us for a one-day genealogical research road trip to the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center ( on Monday, August 2nd. Our bus loads between 6:30 and 6:50 a.m. from Midwest's parking lot at 1203 N. Main in Wichita. We arrive back that night to the same spot between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.

Of special interest: Book Collections of 85,000 bound books with information on all 50 states with emphasis on Oklahoma, the West, and Native American Indians; American Indian Archives with 3.5 million documents plus over 6,000 volumes including records of the Five Civilized Tribes; Photograph Collections from 1840 to present of 8 million images; Newspaper Archives with more than 4,000 titles — over 90% of all OK newspapers; 8,000 Oral Histories; Map Collections of 15,000+; the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census, and much more.

The Oklahoma Historical Center is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility with its comfortable genealogical library and friendly staffers, lockers to hold any of your valuables or extras you like to keep close by, a cafe to kick back and relax in for breaks and lunch, a fun gift shop for browsing and book buying, and a history museum to get lost in. This promises to be a great excursion!

Reserve your spot today and register with MHGS. The first 25 registrations received will be entered in a drawing for half-price on our next one-day trip. Registration and full payment are due no later than Saturday, July 24, so don't delay. (Please note: Meals are not included in the registration fee. The cafe will be open for lunch there and a stop will be made on the way home for dinner.) Questions? Contact Sara Jones at 316-682-5209 or e-mail at

Beat The Dog Days of Summer — Join Us!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Footnote Subscription

For the rest of the month of June Members of KCGS may purchase an annual member-ship in Footnote for half price. Just $39.95 is all it costs until July 1st and then the price for our members would go up to only $49.95 for one year. Regular price is $79.95 for one year.
Also for the month of June, KCGS will reap 20% of our total sales. That wouldn’t hurt either.
If you have wanted a chance to see what has to offer, here it is.
Here is the special personalized landing page for our members to go to to enroll.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bus Trip to Oklahoma Historical Society

August 2, 2010 - Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society plans a bus trip to Oklahoma City - Oklahoma Historical Society. Leave MHGS Library at 7AM, Arrive Oklahoma Historical Society at 10AM, Leave Oklahoma Historical Society at 5PM, Dinner TBD, Return to MHGS Library approximately 9:30 PM. Contact Sara Jones at 264-3611 for more information.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Veritage Car Show

Sending A Special Invitation Your Way!
Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society announces its Julyapalooza 2010 — A Read, White and Blue Event on Saturday, July 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1203 North Main in Wichita. A select display of antique and vintage cars will be featured along with food,fun, and an interesting array of genealogical books and materials we've never offered before for sale as well as tours of Midwest's own library. Julyapalooza is a first-ever, don't-miss, bring-the-entire-family event open to the public at large — but the welcome mat is especially out for you as our member. There is no admission fee and ample on-street parking is available. Drawings will be held at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Keep July sizzling by getting out and extending your celebration of fun, food, and wholesome family fare at Midwest. The more, the merrier, so please join us on Saturday, July the 10th!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Conference

June 19, 2010 - Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Annual Meeting and Conference, Co-hosted by Sumner County Genealogical Society. Wellington High School, 1700 E 16th St, Wellington, KS. Speaker will be Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective.
A Spokesperson with Credentials and Media Presence
For public relations professionals who need the perfect spokesperson for their genealogy or photo-related product, brand, or launch, Maureen Taylor is an ideal solution. She has a wealth of experience as a genealogist, historian, and photo expert. Plus, she has a face for TV, a voice for radio, and numerous interviews with top-tier media to her credit.

Maureen knows photographs. As the Photo Detective, her focus is photography—from the little details that date a 19th-century picture to dealing with digital overload. As an author, sought-after speaker, and corporate spokesperson, Maureen shares her photo expertise with all who want to learn more about preserving their past.

Her interviews, books, and articles reach millions each month. Her passion for photography and genealogy resulted in Maureen researching Meredith Vieira’s family tree for a segment of The View and Timberly Whitfield’s family for Hallmark’s New Morning Show.

In addition, her numerous television, radio, and print media interviews include Better Homes & Gardens, The Boston Globe, Claritin’s Moment of Clarity, Creative Memories Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, DIY:Scrapbooking, Life Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors,and Satisfaction Magazine. She also shares her tips and techniques in energetic lectures on family history and photography that encourage participants to ask questions about a wide range of concerns from finding their roots to caring for great-grandmother’s scrapbook.

In 1999-2001, Maureen represented In 2003, Maureen acted as a consultant for Picasa, Google’s software for organizing and sharing photos. Her work as a national corporate spokesperson on marketing campaigns has included:
  • Satellite TV and radio media tours
  • National and local television appearances
  • Interviews with national magazines

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society

The Journals on the 2nd floor of the library are a rarely used treasure. Anyone can tap into this rich source of specialized articles. Find out how to "treasure-hunt" family histories, county and state histories and "how-to" articles from the best, most experienced genealogical researchers around.
Margaret Lucas, Tuesday Librarian presents "How to Use Journals to Accelerate Research" on Feb 13, 2010 (second Saturday) at 1pm at the MHGS Library, 1120 Main. St., Wichita, KS. The class is open to the public, but limited to the first 10 applicants. Call 264-3611 to leave a message, or sign up at the MHGS front desk.
The class will consist of a 15 min presentation followed by 30 minutes of supervised hands-on. Please bring your laptop and some research questions that really "bug" you. Punch and Valentine cookies provided.