Topeka Genealogical Society

Open House, October 7, 2018

October is Family History Month, and we are celebrating with an Open House!   You are cordially invited to join us on Sunday afternoon, October 7, between 1 and 4 pm at the TGS Library (2717 SE Indiana).  We hope you will stop by, learn more about the TGS Library and the many services we offer, ask your genealogy questions, and enjoy some light refreshments and a chance to win some great door prizes.  Bring your friends!


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
Friday, September 21st
Family History Writing Workshop for Beginners
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ENROLLMENT.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please watch our Events claendar for the class to be re-scheduled at a future date.   Are you interested in writing your family history?  Now that you have discovered many interesting facts about your family, do you need help and ideas to get started?  The Topeka Genealogical Society is offerring an introductory-level workshop on how to begin and continue writing your family history.     Class will be taught in three 2-hour sessions on consecutive Friday mornings, led by TGS members Sally Paige Kahle and Terry Stahl. Sally teaches composition at Washburn University, collecting and writing her family stories for the past 40 years. Terry is a former history teacher in the Seaman school district, and led the recent TGS project to record orphan train riders coming to build their lives in Kansas.    Basic word processing skill is a prerequisite, and participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers.     Preregistration by September 17th is required.  Class size is limited to 15, so register early to assure your spot.  Registration cost is $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or by mail with the downloadable form below.   Note:  If this class does not have a minimum of 3 students enrolled at least 5 calendar days prior to the class date, class will be cancelled.  In the event of cancellation, registered participants will be notified and paid registrations will be refunded.   ...
Saturday, September 22nd
AncestryDNA
Learn about DNA testing with AncestryDNA, and how to interpret and use your test results, and the importance of family trees.  Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.   Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment.    Note:  If this class does not have a minimum of 3 students enrolled at least 5 calendar days prior to the class date, class will be cancelled.  In the event of cancellation, registered participants will be notified and paid registrations will be refunded.
Thursday, September 27th
Josiah McAfee: A Colorful Character!
Wendi Bevitt, from Buried Past Consulting, will explain the role of this former Topeka mayor in bringing the gospel, education, and equality for African Americans to early day Kansas. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
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