Topeka Genealogical Society

2015 Conference Registration is Open!

Register Now for the 43rd Annual Conference, featuring keynote speaker Jana Broglin!

1965-2015: We're Celebrating 50 Years!

     Join us for this special year, as we celebrate 50 years
     of promoting Family History in Northeast Kansas.

or fifty years, the Topeka Genealogical Society has been promoting and supporting family history interests in Shawnee County and northeast Kansas. Whether you are just wondering how to get started in learning about your ancestors, or are an experienced researcher, we offer resources and learning opportunities to assist you in the fascinating process of discovery that we call genealogy.  

Our library, located at 2717 SE Indiana Avenue, houses a large and growing collection of more than 12,000 books and 700 genealogical periodical titles. In addition to an outstanding collection of Shawnee County materials, the library offers resources pertaining to almost all U.S. states and many foreign nations. Whether your ancestors lived in Kansas or elsewhere, we are likely to have something useful to you in your research.   
Our educational offerings are equally diverse. We offer monthly programs featuring local speakers, an annual conference featuring a nationally recognized speaker, and an array of classes, workshops, interest groups and research trips offered throughout the year to meet the varied needs and interests of our members and the community. 

Membership in the Topeka Genealogical Society also offers fun opportunities to get to know other genealogists, to learn from and share with other members, or to get involved in one or more of our many activities and projects.    

We invite you to explore our website and learn about TGS and the many resources and opportunities that we offer.


Welcome to the Topeka Genealogical Society

Topeka Genealogical Society
Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 4th:
Basics of Family History Research Class
Instructor:  Barb LaClair
New, updated content for this class!
Are you interested in researching your family history, but not sure to start?  Or, maybe you have been researching for a while, but feel like you may be missing something or want to brush up your skills?  In either case, this is the class for you.
We will start from the beginning with basic rules of family history research, and then dive in a bit deeper to look at frequently-used sources and resources, both online and offline.
Pre-registration is required (see attached form). Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.
Thursday, April 9th:
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group
A special interest group focused on learning tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker software,and general use of computers in genealogical research.  
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
Free, open to the public. 
Thursday, April 9th:
Family History Writers' Group
Many genealogists spend a lifetime researching and gathering up the family history facts, but never get around to transforming those findings into a finished product that can be enjoyed by non-genealogist family members or published for sharing more broadly.  While compiling and publishing a family history book can seem like a daunting task, it is the best way to insure that our research findings are preserved.  The process can be made less intimidating and more fun by sharing the experience with others who are facing similar challenges.
This is an informal learning and support group where participants will share their ideas, progress, challenges and successes and learn from one another. 
Open to current TGS members; there is no charge for participation.
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