Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center

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Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center
Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  reference@wichita.lib.ks.us


223 South Main St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Telephone[1]  316.261.8509 ; Fax 316-262-4540 


Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The WPL is closed summer Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Holidays: Use the events calendar to find holiday closings.

Directions, map, parking, and public transportation:[2]

  • Driving directions:  From US 400 / US 54 / Kellogg Avenue take the Central Business District exit. Turn north onto South Main Street. WPL is located on the left next to Century II Convention Center.
  • Google map:  Wichita Public Library
  • Parking:  No entrance fee, but nearby parking lots are metered. The short-term Library Parking Lot on the south side of the library is 25 cents for one hour maximum. The larger Public Parking Lot further south is 25 cents for two hours with ten hours maximum.
  • Public transportation:  all Wichita Transit bus routes return to the Downtown Transit Center  (four blocks east of the WPL). From the Downtown Transit Center, head south on Topeka Street or Emporia Ave to English (next street) and then walk west 3-4 blocks on English St to the Wichita Public Library. Bus routes 1, 7, 8, and 12 each stop a few blocks even closer to the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Wulfmeyer Genealogy Center contains over 25,000 genealogy books and magazines covering Kansas, the Great Plains, the Midwest, the South, and the American colonies. There is an emphasis on states that have had a heavy emigration to Kansas, especially New England and Midwestern states. We also have a large Native American collection, mainly covering the Great Plains tribes, and a large military collection with over 1,600 volumes on the Civil War. Other major collections include: state and federal censuses, vital records indexes, probate records, immigration lists, land records, tax lists, cemetery records, church records, town histories, ethnic histories, Dawes Commission Enrollment Records, Draper Manuscript Collection, Germans to America, Italians to America, and the Barbour Collection. Over 15,000 rolls of microfilm cover the city's major newspapers, the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon.[3]

The Kansas and Local History collection has many genealogies. Their emphasis is mostly books, periodicals, and special publications for southeast Kansas, and corners of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.[4]


Search the collections on the Wichita Public Library Online Catalog before visiting.[5]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Wichita Public Library Genealogy Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Iola Public Library, for all Kansas including family folders, special indexes, and published records for many counties of Kansas.</ref>
  • Johnson County Library, Overland Park, both a Kansas and a genealogy collection, mostly books, and periodicals with family folders. Also covers Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky.</ref>
  • Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, has the best set of family folders and genealogical periodicals in Kansas.</ref>. Also, clippings, obituaries, and an online catalog.
  • Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, clearly the best place to start researching Kansas ancestors including newspapers, county records, biographies, genealogies, land records, and railroads.[10] Statewide births and deaths prior to 1894; City of Topeka births and deaths 1885-1912.[11]
  • Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library offers Ancestry.com, America's Obituaries, HeritageQuest Online, and the Topeka Room with local interest materials.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us at Wichita Public Library (accessed 14 April 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Central Library at Wichita Public Library (accessed 14 April 2014).
  3. Genealogy in Wichita Public Library (accessed 15 February 2016).
  4. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. Catalog in Wichita Public Library (accessed 14 April 2014).
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 2.
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  8. Research Library in American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (accessed 3 February 2016).
  9. Amanda Wahlmeier, Orphan Train Research Center curator, orphantraindepot@gmail.com, 28 September 2012, e-mail to David Dilts, DiltsGD@familysearch.org.
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47.
  11. Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Shawnee County (accessed 8 February 2016).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 237. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 149. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  14. Library in Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society (accessed 15 February 2016).
  15. Topeka Genealogical Society Library in Topeka Genealogical Society (accessed 4 February 2016).
  16. KDHE Office of Vital Statistics in Kansas Department of Health and Environment (accessed 4 February 2016).
  17. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  18. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  19. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).