Monthly Programs

The Topeka Genealogical Society presents monthly programs on topics of genealogical and historical interest, featuring local speakers.  Meetings are on the third Thursday evening of each month  (no meetings in April, November or December), beginning at 7:00pm, and are held at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library unless otherwise noted in the events calendar.  These programs are free, and open to the general public.
2019 Programs:
  • January 24, 2019:   Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived in It
    Researching a property can build a human connection to the history and people who came before you. Presented by Diana Staresinc-Deane, Executive Director of the Franklin County Historical Society and Old Depot Museum in Ottawa.  This program is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
  • February 28, 2019:  The Exodusters after the Civil War and Kansas, the "Land of Honey"
    Joel Meyers, from Manhattan, will present this program focused on Exodusters who came to Topeka. 
  • March 28, 2019: Railroads: The Industry that Shaped Kansas
    Kansas History and the Railroads are intertwined.  To understand the lives of early settlers, you must know the part played by the railroads. Program will be presented by Leo E. Olivia, a Kansas Humanities Council Speakers' Bureau presenter.
  • May 23, 2019:  Why DNA? Is it Right for You?
    Marty Flanagan, a local DNA expert, will discuss how DNA evidence can enrich your life and help to break down brick walls in your family history research. 
  • June 27, 2019: Using the Kansas State Historical Society Library and Archives
    Sara Keckeisen, reference librarian at the Kansas State Historical Society, will share tips and tricks for using this awesome resource located here in Topeka.​ 
  • July 25, 2019:  Fun Facts and Important Information about Kansas Counties
    • Wendi Bevitt, from Buried Past Consulting, will provide information about the 105 Kansas Counties that may help with researching your ancestors.
  • August 22, 2019:  Researching Your WWI Ancestors
    Once you have found your ancestor's draft card, where should you look next? This presentation about the history of the Great War will discuss both military personnel and civilian resources.  Danni Altman-Neweell from the Kansas City area is an expert in this field and will be presenting the program.
  • September 26, 2019:  Breaking Down Brick Walls
    In this program, members of the Topeka Genealogical Society will share breakthroughs that they have experienced in their family history research, and provide tips to help you break through your own Brick Walls.
  • October 24, 2019:  If the Building Could Talk, What Stories Might it Tell?
    In this program, Nick Xidis will present his research on the downtown Topeka building currently occupied by Hazel Hill Chocolates, and its possible resident ghost.