Topeka Genealogical Society

Inclement Weather Policy

Hazardous weather conditions (including winter snow, severe storms or tornado watches) in our area may force us to cancel planned events or close our Library on days when we would normally be open.  Safety of our volunteers and our patrons is our first priority!  If you are planning to visit and the weather forecast or conditions are questionable, please call the library (785-233-5762) during operating hours to be certain that we will be open before you venture out.

Register Now for the 2018 Conference!

Registration for the 2018 Conference is now open!   "Finding Unfindable Ancestors," April 20-21, 2018, with keynote speaker will be Tom JonesPh.D, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, Board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, award winning writer and author.  See details and registration information on the Annual Conference page.

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.


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Topeka Genealogical Society
Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 22nd
Veterans History Project
Gale P. Beal will share her passion for the Veterans History Project. She explains how to help save Veterans stories and artifacts for preservation by the Library of Congress. Prorgam is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
Friday, April 6th
DNA - Using Gedmatch
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class looking at how to use GedMatch to find and analyze DNA matches.   Participants will learn: How to interpret and analyze your test results using the unique GedMatch tools Explore additional ways to interpret your heritage with analytic techniques How to make more informed decisions about which cousins to contact Pre-registration required.  Class registration fee is $20 for TGS members, and $25 for non-members. Register online, or print a mailable registration form HERE.    Skill Level:  Basic.   Note:  If this class does not have a minimum of 3 students enrolled at least 5 calendar days prior to the class date, class will be cancelled.  In the event of cancellation, registered participants will be notified and paid registrations will be refunded.
Friday, April 6th
Family History Writers' Group
Many genealogists spend a lifetime researching and gathering up the family history facts, but never get around to transforming those findings into a finished product that can be enjoyed by non-genealogist family members or published for sharing more broadly.  While compiling and publishing a family history book can seem like a daunting task, it is the best way to insure that our research findings are preserved.  The process can be made less intimidating and more fun by sharing the experience with others who are facing similar challenges.   This is an informal learning and support group where participants will share their ideas, progress, challenges and successes and learn from one another.    Open to current TGS members; there is no charge for participation.  
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