Topeka Genealogical Society

Support Us! A Community Thrives Fundraiser

Help Us Build a Stronger Future – A Community Thrives Fundraising Campaign
If you read our local newspaper, the Topeka Capital Journal, you may have seen a recent announcement about a national fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations, sponsored by Gannett Media, the parent company of the Capital Journal.  TGS is participating in the A Community Thrives fundraising opportunity again this year. This will be our primary fundraising effort for 2022.
A Community Thrives (ACT) is an online fundraising campaign, where donations will be accepted between July 18 and August 12, 2022.  Participating organizations keep all of the funds raised through their ACT websites during the campaign. Small nonprofits (like us) that raise at least $3,000 through their ACT website campaigns will also be eligible for consideration for additional operating and project grants.  Last year, TGS raised $5,000 in donations and also received a $5,000 local operating grant!
This fundraiser couldn't come at a better time for us. The air conditioning system that serves our library has died, and we are facing several thousand dollars in replacement costs. 
Please visit our ACT fundraising website between now and  August 12th, and make your online donation(s) in any amount that you choose. You can also help us by sharing the information about this fundraising campaign, and encouraging others who might be interested in our work to support us with their donations.

Library Closed Temporarily

Our library will be closed until further notice, due to failure of the air conditioning system.   We thank you for your understanding.

Get to Know Your Ancestors - We're Here to Help!

At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we believe that all families have important memories and stories that need to be preserved and handed down to future generations. And, we know just how quickly the precious memories of our ancestors and beloved family members can be lost if steps are not taken to preserve them. Our mission is to make sure that those memories and stories are not lost.

For more than 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 you are an experienced researcher, we offer resources and learning opportunities to assist you in the fascinating process of discovery that we call genealogy.  Don't let you family's stories be lost!


What We Offer: 

Education: Because, sometimes, successful genealogy research involves more than just clicking on the shaky leaf or putting a name into a search box. We're here to help you learn about all of the genealogy resources at your disposal, and how to use them effectively. Our diverse educational offerings include 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. No matter what your experience level or areas of interest, we are here to help. 
Library & Resources: Our library, located at 2717 SE Indiana Avenue, houses a large and growing collection of more than 11,000 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.   
Connection: 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 volunteer projects.    



Welcome to the Topeka Genealogical Society!

Topeka Genealogical Society
Upcoming Events
Thursday, August 11th
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group
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)   Topic:  To be announced     Facilitated by Rich McReynolds.   Free, open to the public. Email  Rich McReynolds at, at least two days before the meeting to be sent the Zoom link.  
Friday, August 12th
TGS Board Meeting
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.  To attend or participate, please contact Barb LaClair at
Tuesday, August 16th
Brick Wall Interest Group
Discussion Topic:  To be announced   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 Cindy Cruz. Contact Cindy at least 2 days in advance to be invited to attend.    
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