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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042


Genealogical Society


The Butler County Genealogical Society is a group dedicated to supporting the citizens of Butler County in discovering, researching, and exploring their roots.  The Society's primary emphasis is on helping everyone to become more effective family historians, while also working to foster interest and involvement in local history.


The Genealogical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, September-May, at the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado, usually from 6:00-8:00pm.  Most meetings will feature a guided discussion of a topic of interest to family history researchers, with plenty of opportunities to share tips, videos, internet links, and helpful stories from members' own research.  Occasional "field trips" to local cemeteries and other points of interest are also planned for the coming year.


The new year's events calendar is coming soon! Unless otherwise noted, all dates are the 3rd Thursday, and meeting times are 6:00-8:00pm.  If re-scheduling is necessary due to bad weather or other circumstances, the changes will be posted here and on the Butler County Genealogical Society Facebook Page.


Wondering what the Genealogical Society has been up to?  More events like this are on schedule for the coming year!

March 17: Find a Grave, Make a Difference.

Find A Grave ( is a great tool to use when searching for your ancestors.  It also can be a fun hobby and a great way to get out and get some exercise while helping another person find their ancestors.  At this meeting we will learn how to create a memorial on the Find A Grave website, to add pictures to that memorial page, and to link that person to their parents.  We'll also do a little searching for some of our own ancestors and see if we can find their parents and request a link.

April 21:  Where Am I and What Am I Doing Here?: An Introduction to the Research Library.

If you've ever wondered what you can do in the research library and what the research library can do for you, this is the meeting to find out!  Kansas Oil Museum Research Librarian Ardath Lawson will first give us a run-down of all the resources that the Rolla A. Clymer Research Library has to offer genealogists.  Then we'll use the microfilm reader in combination with other library resources to track down obituaries in old editions of the Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado Republican, El Dorado Times, and Butler County News.  The newspaper collection starts in 1870 and comes up to the present day, so we may have just what you're looking for.  If your ancestors aren't from this area, come and learn how to search -- these skills can be applied to nearly any research library anywhere!

May 19:  Sunset Lawns Cemetery Field Trip

We will meet at the Kansas Oil Museum at 6:00pm and carpool out to Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado to do some walking around and recording information from headstones.  Beforehand we will introduce you to the City of El Dorado website, which includes a page that is a great help in locating a particular grave site without too much difficulty.  We'll show you how to turn a 3 or 4 hour cemetery search into a few minutes' find, and will learn a little about headstone symbols and other cemetery trivia on the way.


To keep up with what's going on with the Butler County Genealogical Society and to connect with our group, please check out our Facebook page!  You can also sign up below to receive e-mail reminders for upcoming meetings of the Society.

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