Topeka Genealogical Society

LIBRARY RE-OPENING!

We have some great news!  Our library will be re-opening on a limited basis, beginning April 8, 2021!   We will be open Thursdays 1-4pm, and Saturday Noon - 3pm.  (Mask wearing will be required at all times).   Please feel free to stop by and do a little family history research!


 
Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Heartland Family History Conference!  The fun begins on May 7-8!   Click here for more details and registration information.


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES

Due to the current COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic and concern for the health and well-being of our members, volunteers, friends and community, we have cancelled all in-person classes and programs until further notice. Our library will begin a phased re-opening on April 8th.  


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
Tuesday, April 20th
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 Marty Flanagan. Contact Marty at least 2 days in advance to be invited to attend. marty.flanagan3@gmail.com    
Saturday, April 24th
The Mysterious Death of Anna T. Phillips
  Special Program Hosted by the Johnson County Genealogical Society, supported by funding from the Johnson County Library Foundation and Friends of the Library.   Email info@jcgsks.org by April 22 to get the Zoom link for joining the program.    Presenter:  Thomas MacEntee    Can a mysterious family photo with a cryptic message on the back lead you to an amazing story of love and loss? Starting with a family photo, learn how you can plan your genealogy research to find out more information about the photo’s subject including vital record information, newspaper articles, and even circumstances that you might not expect! You’ll also learn how to track your research and use solid research methodology to evaluate records.   About Thomas: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional  About Thowho’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com! “I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find ...
Tuesday, May 4th
Foundations of Family History Interest Group
PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Using Census Records - looking beyond population schedules   Whether you are brand new to genealogy, or have been researching for quite a while, there's always something new to learn!  Having a better understanding of research methods and source materials can help you to avoid mistakes and improve your chances of research success.  In this group, we will take a brief look at a different method or source material each month, and then leave time for  questions, answers and discussion on any genealogy-related topic.   Facilitated by Barb LaClair   Particpation in this group is free, and open to the public.  If  you would like to participate, contact Barb LaClair at  tgstopeka.president@gmail.com at least 2 days in advance to recieve a link to the meeting.     
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