Topeka Genealogical Society


Our library will be closed today, February 20, due to weather conditions.   


The Mayflower Workshop, originally scheduled for February 16 has been re-scheduled to March 3, 1 - 4pm.  Thanks to everyone for your understanding.  We're sorry that we could not hold the class as originally intended due to weather conditions.  If you would like to attend on March 3rd but had not previously registered, we will still accept registrations.  

Register Now for the 2019 Conference!

Registration for the 2019 Conference is now open!   "Pitfalls, Brick Walls and Detours: Keeping Your Family Research on Track," April 5-6, 2019, with keynote speaker Michael J. Hall, Deputy Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch.  See details and registration information on the Annual Conference page.

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
Thursday, February 28th
The Exodusters after the Civil War and Kansas, the "Land of Honey"
Joel Meyers from Manhattan will present this program, focused on Exodusters who came to Topeka.   Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
Saturday, March 2nd
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 download and  print a mailable registration form from the link below.
Sunday, March 3rd
Free Workshop - Completing & Verifying Documents for Mayflower Society Application
RE-SCHEDULED - NEW DATE AND TIME!   This will be a hands-on workshop designed to assist individuals in compiling the documentation needed for membership application in the Mayflower Society. The workshop will be led by Marty Flanagan, with help from the Historian and Governor of the Kansas Mayflower Society.    Participants should bring the following documents: the first three ancestral generations of birth, death and marraige records, plus your own (back to your great-grandparents).    This workshop is free, and open to the public. Click here to register online.     For questions, email Marty Flanagan at  
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