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.
2018 Programs:
  • January 25, 2018:   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. Hosted by the Topeka Genealogical Society. 
  • February 22, 2018:  The Civil War and Genealogy
    Dr. Carl Graves, Civil War expert, will demonstrate how to integrate Civil War research into your family history narrative. Presented by the Topeka Genealogical Society.
  • March 22, 2018: Veterans History Project
    Gale P. Beal will share her passion for the Veterans History Project. She explains how to help save Veterans stories and artifacts for preservation by the Library of Congress. Presented by the Topeka Genealogical Society.
  • May 24, 2018:  Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps
    The Topeka Genealogical Society hosts Dr. Tim Miller, biographer of Charles Sheldon, who will explain his influence on our city, state, nation, and world. 
  • June 28, 2018: The Impact of DNA on Genealogy
    Marty Flanagan, a local DNA expert, will discuss how DNA evidence can enrich your life and help break down brick walls in your family history research. Presented by the Topeka Genealogical Society.‚Äč 
  • July 26, 2018:  Homesteading, Settling the West
    • Ken Leonard from the Johnson County Genealogical Society will present the history of the homestead movement and discuss information found in homestead application files. Hosted by the Topeka Genealogy Society
  • August 23, 2018:  The Topeka Genealogical Society Library:  A Little-Known Gem
    Cindy Cruz, Topeka Genealogical Society secretary, will give an audio-visual presentation on the society’s reorganized library that contains a vast collection of priceless documents, books, etc. The public is welcome.
  • September 27, 2018:  Josiah McAfee: A Colorful Historical Character!
    Wendi Bevitt, from Buried Past Consulting, will explain the role of this former Topeka mayor in bringing the gospel, education, and equality for African Americans to early day Kansas. Hosted by the Topeka Genealogy Society.
  • October 25, 2018:  Victorian Mourning: A Complicated Business
    Jill Frese and Joel Meyers, from Manhattan, will enthrall you with 19th century traditions surrounding death, funerals, and burial and share their implications for your family history.  Presented by Topeka Genealogy Society and open to the public.