Topeka Genealogical Society

2017 Conference Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 2017 TGS Conference!   April 7-8, 2017 featuring keynote speaker D. Joshua Taylor.   Don't miss it!

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
Thursday, February 23rd
Lawbreakers for the Common Good: The Underground Railroad in Kansas
Lawbreakers for the Common Good: The Underground Railroad in Kansas   Whether you are interested in history or your family's role in it, this program, hosted by the Topeka Genealogical Society, is for you.  The public is invited.   Anne Hawkins, historian and teacher at Washburn University, will discuss little-known operatives who risked their lives helping guide enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Saturday, February 25th
Native American Genealogy
Many people have family stories of Native American ancestry, but no supporting documentation or proof.  Learn how to search for  and identify Native Americans among your ancestral tree.     Class will be led by Barbara LaClair.   Pre-registration required.  Registration fee $20 for TGS members, $25 for non-members.  Register online, or print a mailable registration form here.
Friday, March 3rd
Basic DNA for Novices - Session 2
This is the second of three sessions on the basics of DNA and using it to aid your genealogical research. This session will explain the different types of DNA and discuss who should test and why, possible surprises, and using Facebook to help with DNA research.   The class is free and will be led by Marty Flanagan.
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