Library Closed Temporarily
Our library will be closed until further notice, due to failure of the air conditioning system. We thank you for your understanding.
Get to Know Your Ancestors - We're Here to Help!
At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we believe that all families have important memories and stories that need to be preserved and handed down to future generations. And, we know just how quickly the precious memories of our ancestors and beloved family members can be lost if steps are not taken to preserve them. Our mission is to make sure that those memories and stories are not lost.
For more than 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 you are an experienced researcher, we offer resources and learning opportunities to assist you in the fascinating process of discovery that we call genealogy. Don't let you family's stories be lost!
What We Offer:
Because, sometimes, successful genealogy research involves more than just clicking on the shaky leaf or putting a name into a search box. We're here to help you learn about all
of the genealogy resources at your disposal, and how to use them effectively. Our diverse educational offerings include 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. No matter what your experience level or areas of interest, we are here to help.
Library & Resources:
Our library, located at 2717 SE Indiana Avenue, houses a large and growing collection of more than 11,000 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.
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 volunteer projects.
Welcome to the Topeka Genealogical Society!
Friday, July 8th
TGS Board Meeting
All Board meetings are open to TGS members. To attend or participate, please contact Barb LaClair at email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 12th
Foundations of Family History Interest Group
PRESENTATION TOPIC: Using FaceBook in Genealogy Research. Particpants will share their favorite FaceBook groups and pages, and ways that FaceBook has been helpful in their genealogy research. 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 Participation in this group is free, and open to the public. If you would like to participate, contact Barb LaClair at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 days in advance to receive a link to the meeting.
Thursday, July 14th
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group
A special interest group focused on learning tips and tricks for using computers and software in genealogical research. (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group) Topic: To be announced Facilitated by Rich McReynolds. Free, open to the public. Email Rich McReynolds at email@example.com, at least two days before the meeting to be sent the Zoom link.