Topeka Genealogical Society

Get the Link to our Monthly Program

Would you like to attend our upcoming monthly program on Zoom?   Email Barb LaClair at to request a link to the meeting.


We have some great news!  Our library will be re-opening on a limited basis, beginning April 8, 2021!   We will be open Thursdays 1-4pm, and Saturday Noon - 3pm.  (Mask wearing will be required at all times).   Please feel free to stop by and do a little family history research!

Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Heartland Family History Conference!  The fun begins on May 7-8!   Click here for more details and registration information.


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 until further notice. Our library will begin a phased re-opening on April 8th.  

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
Monday, June 14th
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group
Discussion Topic:  To be announced   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.
Tuesday, June 15th
Brick Wall Interest Group
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.    
Thursday, June 17th
Monthly Program - Researching Burials at Ritchie Cemetery
Presenter and Program Topic:  Jan Johnson  - Researching burials at Ritchie Cemetery.   Some projects just take on a life of their own! What began as a quest to find native plants growing in our community led to an extensive research project to identify and document individuals buried at the Ritchie Cemetery in Topeka, and then to learn more about the stories of those individuals and their families.  Jan Johnson will share some of the  fascinating experiences and discoveries that she and Jeff Hansen have made during their research project.    This will be a virtual program, via Zoom.  Current TGS members will be emailed a meeting link  a few days prior to the date.  Others who would like to participate may obtain a link to the meeting by emailing Barb LaClair at at least 2 days in advance of the event.    Monthly Programs, featuring local speakers on topics of genealogical and historical interest. Programs are free, and open to the Public. No registration required.   
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