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Friday, December 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.
 


Saturday, December 2
Your Questions Answered about DNA Testing  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2017 SE Indiana
Marty Flanagan will lead an introductory-level discussion of DNA testing in Genealogy research.
 
There is no registration fee, but a small donation to cover printing costs is appreciated.


Monday, December 11
DNA 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. This month's topic - Understanding Y and MTDNA.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, December 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! This month's topic - Using the censuses from 1850 - 1900.
 
Facilitated by Marty Flanagan
 
This group is a benefit of TGS membership, open to current TGS members only.


Thursday, December 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.  At the December meeting they will discuss tools available to locate and correct errors and duplication in our FTM 2017 data files.  Also will also discuss media file naming recommendations and answer other FTM and CG questions as time allows.
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, December 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.



Friday, January 5, 2018
Using AncestryDNA 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 exploring DNA testing with AncestryDNA, from Ancestry.com. Class participants will learn :
  • How to Interpret and analyze test results
  • The benefits of having an online tree and making it visible 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 to upload at other companies insted of re-testing there.
 
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, January 5, 2018
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, January 8, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, January 8, 2018
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, January 11, 2018
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, January 11, 2018
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.


Sunday, January 21, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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.


Monday, February 12, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, February 12, 2018
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, February 22, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, March 12, 2018
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.


Sunday, March 18, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, April 9, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018 through Saturday, April 21, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, May 14, 2018
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.


Sunday, May 20, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
DNA 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.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan