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 21st
Monthly Program - Creative Ways to Share Your Family History
Presenter and Program Topic:  October is Family History Month!   We're celebrating by looking at creative ways to share bits of family history with relatives and family members.   Barb LaClair will lead a short program showcasing a variety of ideas for capturing memories and sharing family history. We'll follow that up with some time for "show and tell" where audience participants tell us about some of their creative family history projects. Put your creative thinking caps on, and get ready to share your ideas!   Monthly Programs, featuring local speakers on topics of genealogical and historical interest. Programs are free, and open to the Public. No registration required.   
Saturday, October 23rd
Writing Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read
  Special Program Hosted by the Johnson County Genealogical Society, supported by funding from the Johnson County Library Foundation and Friends of the Library.   Email at least 2 days in advance to get the Zoom link for joining the program.    Presenter:  Pam Vestal   Summary: Part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject. However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers. This session is specific to researching ancestors of color, to include formerly enslaved and free people of color. Participants learn which record types and web sites are most helpful in this type of research and how to extract data about people of color from various document types.   About Pam: Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and lecturer from Oregon whose research extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest, with clients all over the U.S. and research that reaches beyond our borders. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Since then, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS’s Forum magazine, and her lectures take her from coast to coast.
Tuesday, October 26th
Brick Wall Interest Group
NOTE THE DATE & TIME CHANGE!   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.    
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