Cemeteries. There’s hardly anything a genealogist likes better, is there? Cemetery documentation, either on paper or on the web, is among the most frequently consulted resources genealogists use. There’s been a lot of great work done in Sedgwick County to document our cemeteries, and everyone doing research in the county is grateful!
But it’s not done. Cemeteries are constantly growing, so indexes are out of date the day after they’re printed. Websites like Find-A-Grave and BillionGraves are leading people to expect photographs as well as indexes.
We thought it might be fun to get involved as a society in the effort to document our Sedgwick County cemeteries online. For our first cemetery documentation project, we’ve chosen to work on White Chapel Cemetery, at Oliver and 17th street, using the BillionGraves website. Continue reading White Chapel Documentation Project→
Led by Sandi Bush and Lucille Williams.
Have you ever wondered if any of your ancestors were involved in the witchcraft hysteria of 1692? Come to our “Salem” program and find out. Were they accusers? Or were they accused? Were they among those unfortunates who were hanged? Handouts, maps, and answers to your questions.
Mowing is cutting into our genealogy time at the library, so we’re trying something new! On Saturday, Vince tilled a plot and spread seed for a native grasses and wildflowers bed.
The native grasses mix includes Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indian Grass, Switch Grass and Side Oats Gramma. The wildflower mix includes Black Eyed Susan, Blanket Flower, Blue Flax, Clasping Cornflower, Red Corn Poppy, Blue Cornflower, Dames Rocket, Evening Primrose, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Lemon Mint, Purple Cornflower, Mexican Hat, Shasta Daisy, Western Yarrow, Scarlet Flax, and Purple Prairie Clover.
We hope this will make our lot easier to maintain and more interesting to visit. Stop by in a few weeks to see how we’re doing!
We had a terrific conversation this morning about the history of Wichita’s North Side, led by local historian Charlie Whitworth. Among (many) other things, we decided that life would be better if the streetcars still ran!