Topeka Genealogical Society

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, October 25th
Victorian Mourning: A Complicated Business
Jill Frese and Joel Meyers, from Manhattan, will enthrall you with 19th century traditions surrounding death, funerals, and burial and share their implications for your family history.  Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
Saturday, October 27th
DNA Testing with 23 and Me
Learn about DNA testing with 23 and Me, and how to interpret and use your test results.  Class will cover how testing with 23 and Me is different than other testing companies, how to use the results, record-keeping, and learning locations. 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.
Saturday, October 27th
Saturday Skillbuilder - Using the Mayflower Society Lineage Books
NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME!   The Saturday Skillbuilder is being re-scheduled for October only, due to presenter availability.   What are the Mayflower "Silver Books," and how do you use them?   An estimated 10 million living Americans descend from the 102 individuals who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 - are you one of them? The Silver Books trace the descendants of the Mayflower passengerrs through five generations, supported by rigorous research. Learn how to use them to prove your Mayflower ancestry, or to learn more about your known Mayflower ancestor(s).   Presenter Marty Flanagan.   Saturday Skillbuilders are short presentations aimed at helping participants grow and expand their genealogy research skills.     Target audience:  any experience level   Skillbuilders are free, no registration required, but a small donation is appreciated.
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