Topeka Genealogical Society

A Community Thrives Fundraiser

We're participating in this national online fundraising campaign from July 19 through August 13, 2021, and we invite you to help us reach our fundraising goals. We will get to keep all donations made online through our fundraising page, and your gifts can help us to become eligible for additional incentives, operating grants and project grants! By working together, we have an opportunity to make our individual donations add up to a much larger impact. To learn more or to donate, go to our ACT fundraising page.


We have some great news!  Our library will be returning to our regular operating hours beginning August 2, 2021!   We will be open Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1-4pm, and Saturday Noon - 3pm.  Please feel free to stop by and do a little family history research!   

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
Tuesday, August 3rd
Foundations of Family History Interest Group
PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Using Newspapers in 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 at least 2 days in advance to receive a link to the meeting.     
Monday, August 9th
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group
NOTE TIME CHANGE!   Discussion Topic:  Write a DNA report for your family story   Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.   Led by Marty Flanagan. Contact Marty at least 2 days ahead to be invited to attend.
Thursday, August 12th
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:  Demo of   This group is co-facilitated by Rich McReynolds & Marty Flanagan.   Free, open to the public. Email  Rich McReynolds at, at least two days before the meeting to be sent the Zoom link.  
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