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White Chapel Documentation Project

Photographing White Chapel Cemetery
Photographing White Chapel Cemetery

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  Cemeteries are constantly growing, so indexes are out of date the day after they’re printed.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

Book Sale in September!

It’s time for a book sale!

  • Saturday, September 13, 9-4
  • Tuesday, September 16, 9-4
  • Saturday, September 20, 9-4

Lots of genealogy and history books and magazines.  Many other books — fiction, cookbooks, non-fiction.  Great prices!  The money raised will help pay to repair the library windows.

If you have books you’d like to contribute to the sale, please drop them off at the library.  Anything we don’t sell, we’ll donate to the Wichita Public Library Friends of the Library for their sales.

Starting a Native Grasses and Wildflower Bed

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.

Vince Marshall Tills the Natural Grasses and Wildflowers Bed at

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!