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New Special Interest Group — Power Up Your Genealogy!

Want to get more strategic and organized about your genealogy research this year?  Need to find new genealogy software? We do too, so we’re starting a new Special Interest Group!  The Power Up Your Genealogy SIG will meet once a month, on the second Tuesday at 1:30pm, to discuss and debate a variety of topics of interest to all genealogists, beginner to advanced.  Our provisional monthly schedule is:

Feb: Genealogy Software
Mar: Organizing Your Files, Paper and Digital
Apr: Online Research Toolkit
May: Genealogy Road Trips
Jun: Digitizing Photos
Jul: Research Goals and Process
Aug: Genealogy Education
Sep: Citing Your Sources
Oct: Interviewing Relatives
Nov: Sharing Your Research
Dec: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Led by MHGS Librarian Julia Langel, each meeting will rely on sharing and discussion of experiences and resources.  We hope you’ll bring an idea, web link, book, article, question, example or story to share.   We’ll take good notes, make copies and lists, and share the results.

Please join us!  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, February 9, at 1:30. Our topic will be Genealogy Software

McCormick School Museum Tour

We had a very interesting tour of the McCormick School Museum this morning.  We were a small group, so we got to poke into every corner of the museum and archive celebrating everything about Wichita’s public school history.

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  Cemeteries are constantly growing, so indexes are out of date the day after they’re printed.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