Kansas Family History Societies (S-Z)

This section lists associations from Sumner to Wichita (Sedgwick) giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society

An extensive collection of documents are accessible in the association's Research Center, which is located in the Memorial Auditorium in down-town Wellington Kansas.

They have taken over the site regarding Sumner Co. Cemeteries and have a list of graveyards on that site.  A number of publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Argonia Area Obituaries
  • Births 1887-1910
  • Land Patents
  • Marriages 1871-1906
  • Tombstone Inscriptions

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also accessible.


Topeka Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1965.  A comprehensive collection of resources are accessible in their Library, which include over 10000 books and a wide range of materials relating to Shawnee Co. and North-eastern Kansas. 

These include Probate, Naturalisation and Tax Record Books from the Courthouse.  They also have resources from other US States and further afield.  It is possible to search these resources by using their on-line catalogue. 

A surname index is available, which includes:

  • 1885 Shawnee Co. Census
  • Deaths 1894-1911
  • Marriages 1856-1890
  • Naturalisations 1865-1930
  • Obituaries taken from area Newspapers
  • Probate Proceedings 1855-1925
  • Transcripts of Shawnee Co. Cemeteries

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Cemeteries
  • Marriages 1856-1913
  • Naturalisations 1865-1930
  • Probate Court Records

They also have other publications relating to Leavenworth Co. and other areas of Kansas.  There are also publications relating to other States of the US. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.


Wichita County Genealogical Society

A number of microfiche are accessible in their Library, which incorporate:

  • 1790 Virginia Census
  • 1890 Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia Veterans Censuses
  • 1890 West Virginia Census
  • Early Marriages from Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky
  • Newspapers

In addition, they also hold:

  • Births
  • Cemetery Database
  • Censuses
  • Civil War Veterans buried in the area
  • Divorces
  • Genealogies
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisations
  • Old Land Records

For a fee, they can also check in their Marriage Index. 

In addition, they offer access to on-line indexes, which include Burials in Wichita County Cemeteries, Marriage Announcements and Obituaries taken from area Newspapers and 1895 Wichita County Census Index. 

They also sell Marriage Records 1887-1975. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.


Wichita Genealogical Society (Sedgwick County)

The association was established in 1987.  There are details of documents held by Wichita Public Library on the site, which include Federal and State Census Returns and the Dawes Rolls which detail the papers submitted by Native Americans to prove their membership into tribes including the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole. 

They also hold The Draper Manuscripts which cover 1755-1815 and are the papers held by L. C. Draper which include extracts from old newspapers, Muster Rolls, Official Document Transcripts, Correspondence and Research Notes and Indian Census Returns. 

A number of on-line indexes are accessible, which include The Farmer's Directory for Sedgwick Co. 1894, The Kansas Farmer Mail & Breeze for 1920, Rural Directory Sedgwick Co. covering 1936 and The Negro Directories. 

In addition, they also have details regarding the contents of The Ark Valley Crossroads covering 1990-2006, their quarterly publication.