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 available in their Research Centre, 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.  Numerous publications are available for sale, including:

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

Details of surnames currently being researched by Members is also accessible.

Website:
http://www.ksschgs.com/

Topeka Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1965.  A comprehensive collection of resources can be accessed in their Library, including 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.  Some resources relate to 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 incorporate:

  • 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

Many publications are available for sale, including:

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

Some publications relate to Leavenworth Co., other areas of Kansas and other US States.  

Information regarding surnames currently being researched by members is also available.

Website:
http://www.tgstopeka.org

Wichita County Genealogical Society

Many microfiche can be accessed 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

Resources held by the society also incorporate:

  • 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. 

Marriage Records 1887-1975 can be purchased from the association. 

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

Website:
http://wichitacountymuseum.org/gensociety.htm

Wichita Genealogical Society (Sedgwick County)

The association was established in 1987.  Details of documents held by the Wichita Public Library are accessible on the site, which incorporate 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. 

In addition, resources held include 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. 

Many on-line indexes are accessible, which incorporate 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, details regarding the contents of The Ark Valley Crossroads covering 1990-2006, their quarterly publication, are accessible. 

Website:
http://www.wichitagensoc.org/

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