Topeka Genealogical Society

New Additions to Our Website!

Are you researching ancestors or family members who lived in Shawnee County, Kansas?  If so, we have some great news.  We have just uploaded a new 18-page Guide to Researching in Shawnee County (free for download), and more than 92,000 new records to our online cemetery databases.   Check under the Shawnee County Resources heading  to access them .  (details of the cemetery records are available with a TGS member login - if you aren't a member, consider joining us!)


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, and our library is closed until further notice.  We will monitor the situation and re-open as soon as we are comfortable that it is prudent to do so.
We apologize for any incovenience that these decisions create, but feel as though this is the only responsbile choice at this time.  We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.

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
Saturday, September 19th
Annual Membership Meeting and Social
Watch for more detail as the date draws closer!
Sunday, September 20th
Computer User Group (was PAF users)
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC   The former PAF user group has expanded its focus, and will now be discussing a variety of topics related to computer use in genealogy.   Group is led by Eileen Davis.     Meetings are free, and open to the public.
Thursday, September 24th
Martha Farnsworth, Kansas Womens' Suffragette
PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC   Megan Rohleder, senior archivist at the Kansas Historical Society will introduce you to Martha Farnsworth who worked tirelessly to earn Kansas women the right to vote in 1912. Martha kept diaries throughout her life that shed light on Topeka and times in which she lived. You can follow Martha on Twitter at #MarthaMakesHistory   Program is free, and open to the Public. No registration required.   
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