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Thursday, June 27
Using the Kansas State Historical Society Library and Archives  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Sara Keckeisen, reference librarian at the Kansas State Historical Society, will share tips and tricks for using this awesome resource located here in Topeka.  
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Monday, July 8
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
TOPIC: Family Tree DNA
 
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, July 8
Brick Wall Help Session  (Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue
TOPIC:  Researching Southern Records
 
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, July 11
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  Questions and Answers:  Anything related to computers and genealogy
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, July 11
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.


Thursday, July 25
Fun Facts and Important Information about Kansas Counties  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Wendi Bevitt, from Buried Past Consulting, will provide information about the 105 Kansas Counties that may help with researching your ancestors. 
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.


The Ws of DNA Testing - Why, Who, What, Where
Saturday, July 27
The Ws of DNA Testing - Why, Who, What, Where  (Classes & Workshops)
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
This will be a basic, entry-level class that covers "the Ws" of DNA testing for genealogy, and will get you started with DNA testing and analysis. 
 
Class content will include background on DNA and how it can be used to help in genealogy research, DNA terminology and the different types of DNA testing, pros and cons of testing, comparison of testing companies and costs, what information will be received from your tests, who to test, and more.
 
Click here to register online, or download the attached form for mailed registration.
 
Registration fee: $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.
 
Registration must be received before July 22, 2019.
 
A minimum of 3 class registrants will be required for the class to be presented.



Annual Meeting and Member Picnic
Saturday, August 3
Annual Meeting and Member Picnic  (Other)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Brookwood Covenant Church - 3601 SW 33rd
Watch for more detail as the date draws closer!


The Ins and Outs of Using AncestryDNA
Sunday, August 4
The Ins and Outs of Using AncestryDNA  (Classes & Workshops)
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
You have tested with AncestryDNA, and have looked at your results, but now what?  This class, led by Marty Flanagan, will help you learn more about analyzing your DNA data or what you may have missed.  Class will cover analysis and interpretation of results, benefits of having an online tree, new tools on AncestryDNA, deciding which cousins to contact, and transferring your DNA results data to other DNA database systems.
 
Register online here, or download the attached brochure to register by mail.
 
Registration Fee: $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.
 
Registrations must be received before July 30, 2019.   
 
A minimum of 3 registrants will be required for class to be presented.


Thursday, August 8
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, August 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, August 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, August 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.


Free Workshop - Genealogy Estate Planning: How to Ensure that Your Work is Preserved
Saturday, August 17
Free Workshop - Genealogy Estate Planning: How to Ensure that Your Work is Preserved  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
NOTE THE DATE CHANGE to avoid conflict with the Riley County History & Genealogy Fair!
 
Too, often, we genealogists invest endless hours in researching and gathering information about our family ancestors, without any serious thought as to what will happen to all of our accumulated information once we are gone. If you are among the very lucky minority of genealogists who has a younger family member who is interested and ready to pick up where you leave off, then congratulations!  (But, even you should be planning for possible record losses through disasters.) 
 
For the rest of us, with no interested family members waiting in the wings to continue or even preserve our work, there is a significant risk that our accumulated research findings will  perish when we do. If you do not want all of your hard-won genealogical information to go out the door in black trash bags, then this workshop is for you!
 
This workshop will explore ways that we can proactively plan ahead to increase the likelihood that our genealogical legacy will be preserved and available to future generations.  
 
The workshop will be led by Barb LaClair, and possibly others to be determined.
 
This workshop is free, and open to the public. To ensure that we have adequate supplies and space,  pre-registration is requiredClick here to register online.
 
 
 


Thursday, August 22
Researching Your WWI Ancestors  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
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-Newell from the Kansas City area is an expert in this field and will be presenting the program.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



The DNA Companies to Answer Questions about your Brick Walls
Saturday, September 7
The DNA Companies to Answer Questions about your Brick Walls  (Classes & Workshops)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
You have tested your autosomal DNA with FamilyTree DNA, MyHeritage or LivingDNA. You've looked at your results, maybe contacted new cousins, and you still have more questions than answers. This class will help you learn more about analyzing your results, and what you may not have considered.
 
This class will look at how to interpret and analyze results on each company site, review unique information and  advantages available with some of the testing companies, and more. There will be an question and answer session during the lunch break (box lunches will be provided).  
 
Register online by clicking here, or download the attached brochure to register by mail.  (Note: if you register online, be sure to also select a lunch option - they are listed as separate items) 
 
Registration fee:  $50 for TGS members, $55 for non-members  (box lunch included)
 
Registrations must be received before August 26, 2019.
 
A minimum of 5 registrants will be required for this class to be presented.
 
 
 


Monday, September 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, September 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, September 12
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, September 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.


Using Probate Records in Genealogical Research
Saturday, September 14
Using Probate Records in Genealogical Research  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
NEW CLASS OFFERING FOR 2019!
 
Probate records can be a goldmine of family information and insights.  Most genealogists understand that a Will naming heirs can help to establish family relationships, but there are many more clues buried in probate records.  This class with cover how probate records can be useful in genealogy research, types of records commonly found in probate proceedings, basic terminology, where to look for probate records (both online and off-line) and more.  Class will include hands-on practice researching a probate case using records available at the TGS Library.
 
Suggested skill level: Some basic genealogy research experience is suggested. 
 
Class will be led by Barb LaClair.
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Registration fee $20 for current TGS members, $25 for non-members.  Register online HERE, or dowload a brochure and registration form below.
 
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.
 


Thursday, September 26
Breaking Down Brick Walls  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
In this program, members of the Topeka Genealogical Society will share breakthroughs that they have experienced in their family history resarch, and provide tips to help you break through your Brick Walls.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Sunday, October 6
Lineage Societies Workshop  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn about lineage societies, their membership eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
 
This workshop will include representatives of local chapters of various lineage societies, available to answer your questions.  So far, the following groups have agreed to participate:  Mayflower Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, War of 1812 , and Sons of the American Revolution.  Additional groups are being invited.
 
There is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.  Click here to register online.


Thursday, October 10
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, October 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.


TGS Open House
Sunday, October 13
TGS Open House  (Other)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
October is National Family History Month , and we are celebrating with an Open House!  
 
Stop by any time between 1 and 4pm to look around in the Library, talk with TGS members and experienced genealogists, and learn more about what we have to offer.  
 
Bring your friends!  The more, the merrier!


Monday, October 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, October 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.


Thursday, October 24
If the Building Could Talk, What Stories Might it Tell?  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
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.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Monday, November 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, November 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, November 14
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, November 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.



Monday, December 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, December 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, December 12
Computer Genealogy & Software Interest Group  (Computer Genealogy & Software)
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 computers and software in genealogical research.  (Formerly called the Family TreeMaker/ Computer Genealogy group)
 
Topic:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, December 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.