Special Interest Groups


Want to get more strategic and organized about your genealogy research this year? Need to find new genealogy software?  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. Led by MHGS Librarian Julia Langel and Twila Brown, 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 here.

African-American Study Group

The “African-American Study” group meets the 4th Saturday at 1:00 PM each month to encourage the historical and genealogical study of families with special emphasis on Afro-Americans. This informal group will seek to learn more of the history and factors within the family stories that we have been given.  We will demonstrate how to research your family tree with the goal of discovering and understanding your family history. The discussions will include a variety of methods, including exploring public records, interviewing older relatives and preserving information.
Led by Jozel Smith Eckels

Daughters of the American Revolution

The “Daughters of the American Revolution” Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Saturday at 1:00 PM each month to discuss the application process for joining the national society. If your ancestors served in the American Revolution, either in a military unit or by providing service in another way, we can help you with the application, show you what records you need to qualify, and give you all the details.
Led by Sandi Bush & Lucille Williams

Genealogy on the Internet

The  “Genealogy on the Internet” Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Saturday at 10:00 AM each month to discuss the process of researching our family using the internet. Genealogy research has embraced the computer as not only the most efficient way to organize data, but the quickest way to access historical records. The ongoing digitization of documents for preservation purposes makes them searchable, economical, and immediately available. Our meeting is for sharing the sites we find most useful, finding solutions to the problems that have developed, and learning what the future holds.   Led by Jim Scharnhorst.

Genealogical DNA

The “Genealogical DNA” Special Interest Group meets the 2nd Saturday at 1:00 PM each month to discuss the opportunities that DNA comparisons have given us for breaking through our “brick walls”. The rapid advancement in tools and the continuing cost reductions have made testing an option for everyone. Privacy and legal considerations are discussed to help make choices in the type of test and the provider.  Be prepared for surprises.
Led by Paul Renner Smith


You’re cordially invited to participate in any/all of the MHGS special interest groups. Please check the calendar or call 316-264-3611 for updates on holiday or weather closings. No reservations needed; just come and join in! We are also interested in forming new special interest groups.

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