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.


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
Friday, May 4th
DNA - Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA Testing
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class looking at Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA testing and how it can be used in Genealogical research.   Participants will learn: How to interpret and analyze your test results About FTDNA Surname "Projects" and others that can help differentiate your family from others with the same surname How to make more informed decisions about which cousins to contact Which additonal Y-DNA tests may be beneficial 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, May 4th
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.  
Thursday, May 10th
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group
A special interest group focused on learning tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker software,and general use of computers in genealogical research.     Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.   Free, open to the public.   
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