Topeka Genealogical Society

New Additions to Our Website!

Are you researching ancestors or family members who lived in Shawnee County, Kansas?  If so, we have some great news.  We have just uploaded a new 18-page Guide to Researching in Shawnee County (free for download), and more than 92,000 new records to our online cemetery databases.   Check under the Shawnee County Resources heading  to access them .  (details of the cemetery records are available with a TGS member login - if you aren't a member, consider joining us!)


Due to the current COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic and concern for the health and well-being of our members, volunteers, friends and community, we have cancelled all in-person classes and programs, and our library is closed until further notice.  We will monitor the situation and re-open as soon as we are comfortable that it is prudent to do so.
We apologize for any incovenience that these decisions create, but feel as though this is the only responsbile choice at this time.  We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.

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.


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Topeka Genealogical Society
Upcoming Events
Monday, August 10th
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group
Discussion Topic:  To be announced   Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.   Led by Marty Flanagan. Contact Marty at least 2 days ahead to be invited to attend.
Tuesday, August 11th
Brick Wall Interest Group
Discussion Topic:  Researching in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa   Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  Most sessions include a short presentation, plus time to share and work together to break down those brick walls!   Facilitated by Marty Flanagan. Contact Marty at least 2 days in advance to be invited to attend.    
Thursday, August 13th
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group
Topic:  Online Immigration Resources     A special interest group focused on learning tips and tricks for using computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)   Facilitated by Rich McReynolds.  Contact Rich at least 2 days in advance to be invited to attend the meeting.   Free, open to the public.   
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