Topeka Genealogical Society

Winter Weather Watch!

Hazardous winter weather conditions 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 check this website and/or call the library (785-233-5762) 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
Saturday, January 20th
Saturday Skillbuilder - Using Genealogy Periodicals and the PERSI Index
Barb LaClair will be the presenter for this session, focused on how to find your family in Genealogy Periodicals.  Periodical indexes will be reviewed, inclulding the PERSI index, and information on how to find the publication and article you want will be included.   Saturday Skillbuilders are short presentations aimed at helping participants grow and expand their genealogy research skills.     Target audience:  any experience level   Skillbuilders are free, no registration required, but a small donation is appreciated.
Sunday, January 21st
Computer User Group (was PAF users)
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 and is open to anyone who uses any kind of computer genealogy program, even online sites such as   Meetings are free, and open to the public.
Thursday, January 25th
Meet Deborah Samson, Revolutionary War Soldier
Anna Smith, an historical reenactor, will portray Deborah Samson, the first known woman veteran who fought to receive a pension for military service.   Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.  
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