Topeka Genealogical Society

New Additions to our website!

Regional genealogical and family history events, hosted by our neighboring organizations, are now included in our Events Calendar listings.  Also, check out the list of links to some great historical resources for Topeka and Shawnee County under the Shawnee County Resources tab.  

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, May 23rd
Why DNA? Is it Right for You?
Marty Flanagan, a local DNA expert, will discuss how DNA evidence can enrich your life and help to break down Kansas History brick walls in your family history research.   Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
Saturday, June 8th
Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference
The Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies and the Lincoln County Historical Society are co-hosting the 2019 KCGS Conference on June 8, in Lincoln, KS.   See the KCGS website for more detail.
Saturday, June 8th
Free Workshop - Creative Ways to Share Your Family History
As genealogists, we LOVE doing research and learning about our ancestors.  But, sometimes, not everyone in the family is as interested or enthusastic about the information that we find.  Citing names and dates and other "cool" factoids may be met with eye rolling and head shaking.     Names and dates may not mean much to some family members, but there are many other creative options for incorporating genealogical information or family memories into items that will be more interesting and perhaps stimulate a greater appreciation for family history.      This workshop will be informal, with a "Show and Tell" format.  Workshop presenters will have numerous examples to share, and class particpants are invited to bring and share their own examples of creative ways in which they have successfully shared family history with their family members.    The workshop will be led by Barb LaClair, and possibly others to be determined.   This workshop is free, and open to the public. To ensure that we have adequate supplies and space,  pre-registration is required.  Click here to register online.      
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