Riley County Genealogical Society
Riley County Genealogical Society
RCGS March Meeting
Please join us on Sunday Afternoon, March 31st, 2:00pm, at the Manhattan Public Library.
 
The Willows
Riley County Genealogical Society is honored to have KelLee Parr, author of the book,Mansion on a Hill share the story of the search for his biological grandmother.  It is also the story of the Willows Maternity Sanitarium in Kansas City known as 
tion Hub" ofAmerica.  
 
Although not well documented in American history, over 100,000 pregnant, unwed young women traveled mostly by train to Kansas City in the early to mid-1900s. They would live in one of several maternity facilities before giving birth, signing their babies over for adoption and returning home empty handed and heartbroken.
 
Parr, will talk about how he got started searching for information at the Kansas State Historical Society, his reunion with his grandmother, and how he came to write his first book, My Little
Valentine. He will talk about Kansas City being known as the "Adoption Hub of America" and the reasons behind it being called this in adoption circles. He will share about The Willows and the family who owned and operated it. 
 
 

Coming Events - Genealogy

47th Annual Genealogy Conference "Pitfalls, Brick Walls and Detours: Keeping Your Family Research on Track,"
Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6.
Presented by the Topeka Genealogical Society at the Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, KS.
  • Saturday event featuring keynote speaker Michael J Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at Family Search (familysearch.org)
  • Friday morning - personal research option
  • Friday afternoon - breakout sessions
 
Genealogy & History Fair
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Presented by Riley County Genealogical Society, Riley County Historical Museum and Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance at Pottorf Hall, CICO Park, Manhattan, KS.
  • Classroom Presesntations.
  • Information Tables from genealogy societies, museums, histor projectss, family projects & more.
  • "Kansas History Book Corner" meet authors throught the day.


zoo barn
Friday, March 1
1st Fridays Members Class
Marci Schuley will present "Making the most of Newspapers.com.  She will explain and display how to make the most of this resource.  Ways to access more recent newspapers as well as historical ones.  It will be very educational, interesting and helpful for your research.  Newspaper articles can flesh out our ancestors ...
Friday, March 15
Round Table
Each third Friday of the month, an open group meets at Bluestem Bistro for one and a half hours of stimulating discussion ranging from historical backgrounds of our ancestors to methodology and software recommendations. If it has a relation to family history and genealogy (however, vague) we are open to sharing ...
Sunday, March 31
The Willows
Author, KelLee Parr, will talk about how he got started searching for his biological grandmother's information at the Kansas State Historical Society   For the readers of Orphan Train comes the true story of a second wave of humanity that traveled to the Midwest by train. Not well documented in American history, over ...
Friday, April 5
47th Annual Genealogy Conference
Presented by the Topeka Genealogical Society at the Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, KS. Saturday event featuring keynote speaker Michael J Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at Family Search (familysearch.org) Friday morning - personal research option Friday afternoon - breakout sessions ‚ÄčRegistrater early to assure your spot