Topeka Genealogical Society

Inclement Weather Policy

Hazardous weather conditions (including winter snow, severe storms or tornado watches) in our area may force us to cancel planned events or close our Library on days when we would normally be open.  Safety of our volunteers and our patrons is our first priority!  If you are planning to visit and the weather forecast or conditions are questionable, please call the library (785-233-5762) during operating hours to be certain that we will be open before you venture out.

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, June 28th
The Civil War and Genealogy
Program rescheduled from February 2018.   Dr. Carl Graves, Civil War expert, will demonstrate how to integrate Civil War research into your family history narrative.   Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
Saturday, July 7th
Using Land Records in Genealogical Research
Throughout history, the desire to own land has motivated our ancestors to uproot their families and move to new locations, often on rugged frontiers.  The land records they left behind can reveal much about our ancestors and their lives.   Learn where to find land records, and how to analyze and interpret them.   Instructor: Barbara LaClair   Class is open to TGS members, and the general public. Suggested Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate.  Some research experience suggested.   Registration fee:  $20 for TGS members, $25 for non-members.    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Register Online, or download a print a registration 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.  
Thursday, July 12th
TGS Board Meeting
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.
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