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Saturday, January 20
Saturday Skillbuilder - Using Genealogy Periodicals and the PERSI Index  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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 21
Computer User Group (was PAF users)  (Computer Genealogy)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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 Ancestry.com
 
Meetings are free, and open to the public.


Thursday, January 25
Meet Deborah Samson, Revolutionary War Soldier  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
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.
 



Friday, February 2
Using Family Tree Autosomal DNA  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class exploring autosomal DNA (FamilyFinder) testing with FamilyTree DNA.
 
Participants will learn:
  • How to interpret and analyze test results
  • The benefits of having an online tree and making it viewable to matches
  • How to make more informed decisions about which cousins to contact
  • How to maximize your investment by learning how to download your raw data and upload it to other companies rather than re-testing with them.
 
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, February 2
Family History Writers' Group  (Family History Writers' Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
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, February 8
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group  (FTM/ Computer Genealogy SIG)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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. 
 


Thursday, February 8
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Monday, February 12
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Come if you have had your DNA tested, and are not sure what to do with the results. This group includes the former Beginner and Intermediate DNA SIGs.
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, February 12
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls!
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Saturday, February 17
Saturday Skillbuilder - Topic to be Announced when available  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Watch for the topic and presenter information to be posted as it becomes available.
 
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.


Thursday, February 22
The Civil War and Genealogy  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Dr. Carl Graves, Civil War expert, will demonstrate how to integrate Civil War research into your family history narrative. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Friday, March 2
DNA Testing with 23 and Me  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class exploring DNA testing with the company 23 and Me.
 
Participants will learn:
  • How to interpret and analyze test results
  • The benefits of having an online tree and making it viewable to matches
  • How to make more informed decisions about which cousins to contact
  • How to maximize your investment by learning how to download your raw data and upload it to other companies rather than re-testing with them.
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, March 2
Family History Writers' Group  (Family History Writers' Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
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, March 8
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group  (FTM/ Computer Genealogy SIG)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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. 
 


Thursday, March 8
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Monday, March 12
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Come if you have had your DNA tested, and are not sure what to do with the results. This group includes the former Beginner and Intermediate DNA SIGs.
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, March 12
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls!
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Saturday, March 17
Saturday Skillbuilder - Topic to be Announced when avalable  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Watch for the topic and presenter information to be posted as it becomes available.
 
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, March 18
Computer User Group (was PAF users)  (Computer Genealogy)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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 Ancestry.com
 
Meetings are free, and open to the public.


Thursday, March 22
Veterans History Project  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
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. Prorgam is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Friday, April 6
DNA - Using Gedmatch  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class looking at how to use GedMatch to find and analyze DNA matches.
 
Participants will learn:
  • How to interpret and analyze your test results using the unique GedMatch tools
  • Explore additional ways to interpret your heritage with analytic techniques
  • How to make more informed decisions about which cousins to contact
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, April 6
Family History Writers' Group  (Family History Writers' Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
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.
 


Monday, April 9
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Come if you have had your DNA tested, and are not sure what to do with the results. This group includes the former Beginner and Intermediate DNA SIGs.
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, April 9
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls!
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Thursday, April 12
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group  (FTM/ Computer Genealogy SIG)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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. 
 


Thursday, April 12
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 21
Finding Unfindable Ancestors  (Annual Conference)
Kansas State Historical Society
Thomas W. Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 annual conference of the Topoeka Genealogical Society. On Friday there will be opportunities for individual research in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. On Saturday the keynote speaker will lead morning and afternoon sessions, with a break for lunch. 



Friday, May 4
DNA - Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA Testing  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
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 4
Family History Writers' Group  (Family History Writers' Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
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 10
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group  (FTM/ Computer Genealogy SIG)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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. 
 


Thursday, May 10
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Saturday, May 12
Cemetery Research Workshop  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
TGS Library (2717 SE Indiana), and the Topeka Cemetery
Join us for a fun afternoon exploring all the ways to make the most of your cemetery research trips.  We'll learn about the "dos" and "don'ts", what to bring, tips for taking better photographs, tombstone rubbings and grave-witching techniques.  Class will begin at the TGS Library, and will then adjourn to the historic Topeka Cemetery for some hands-on practice.  
 
Instructors: Barbara LaClair and others (to be determined)
 
Class is open to TGS members and the general public.
 
Skill Level: Any
 
Pre-registration is required.  Registration fee:  $20 for TGS members, $25 for non-members.  Register online, or print a mailable registration form HERE
 
(In the event of inclement weather, class will be re-scheduled for May 19th)
 
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.
 


Monday, May 14
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Come if you have had your DNA tested, and are not sure what to do with the results. This group includes the former Beginner and Intermediate DNA SIGs.
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, May 14
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls!
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Saturday, May 19
Saturday Skillbuilder - Topic to be Announced when available  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Watch for the topic and presenter information to be posted as it becomes available.
 
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, May 20
Computer User Group (was PAF users)  (Computer Genealogy)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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 Ancestry.com
 
Meetings are free, and open to the public.


Thursday, May 24
Charles Sheldon's In His Steps  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
The Topeka Genealogical Society hosts Dr. Tim Miller, biographer of Charles Sheldon, who will explain his influence on our city, state, nation, and world. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.
 
 



Friday, June 1
DNA - Testing with MyHeritage and LivingDNA  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
Marty Flanagan will lead a 1/2 day class looking at DNA testing with the two newest testing companies - MyHeritage and LivingDNA.
 
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, June 1
Family History Writers' Group  (Family History Writers' Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
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.
 


Monday, June 11
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
Learn how to utilize DNA testing as part of your genealogy research toolkit. Come to learn, get your questions answered, and share your DNA testing experiences with others. Come if you have had your DNA tested, and are not sure what to do with the results. This group includes the former Beginner and Intermediate DNA SIGs.
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, June 11
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
Bring your brick wall  genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems.  We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls!
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Thursday, June 14
Family Tree Maker, Computer Genealogy Interest Group  (FTM/ Computer Genealogy SIG)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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. 
 


Thursday, June 14
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Saturday, June 16
Saturday Skillbuilder - Topic to be Announced when available  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Watch for the topic and presenter information to be posted as it becomes available.
 
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.


Thursday, June 28
The Impact of DNA on Genealogy  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
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. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Thursday, July 12
TGS Board Meeting  (Board Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
All Board meetings are open to TGS members.


Sunday, July 15
Computer User Group (was PAF users)  (Computer Genealogy)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
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.
 
Meetings are free, and open to the public.


Saturday, July 21
Saturday Skillbuilder - Topic to be Announced when available  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Watch for the topic and presenter information to be posted as it becomes available.
 
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.


Thursday, July 26
Homesteading, Settling the West  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Ken Leonard from the Johnson County Genealogical Society will present the history of the homestead movement and discuss information found in homestead application files. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No reqistration required.