Topeka Genealogical Society
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, and our library is closed until further notice

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, January 19th
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, January 21st
Monthly Program - Beyond Shaky Leaves - A Reasonably Exhaustive Search
Cindy Cruz will share a behind-the-scenes look at her recent experience in researching for one of the genealogy reveals at IdentityQuest 2020.    Monthly Programs, featuring local speakers on topics of genealogical and historical interest. Programs are free, and open to the Public. No registration required.    Members will be automatically sent a link for joining the meeting.  Others may request a link by contacting Barb LaClair at  at least 2 days in advance of the meeting.     
Tuesday, February 2nd
Foundations of Family History Interest Group
PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Finding clues at home   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   Particpation 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 recieve a link to the meeting.     
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