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Thursday, February 28
The Exodusters after the Civil War and Kansas, the "Land of Honey"  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Joel Meyers from Manhattan will present this program, focused on Exodusters who came to Topeka.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Native American Genealogy
Saturday, March 2
Native American Genealogy  (Classes & Workshops)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Many people have family stories of Native American ancestry, but no supporting documentation or proof.  Learn how to search for  and identify Native Americans among your ancestral tree.  
 
Class will be led by Barbara LaClair.
 
Pre-registration required.  Registration fee $20 for TGS members, $25 for non-members.  Register online, or download and  print a mailable registration form from the link below.


Free Workshop - Completing & Verifying Documents for Mayflower Society Application
Sunday, March 3
Free Workshop - Completing & Verifying Documents for Mayflower Society Application  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
RE-SCHEDULED - NEW DATE AND TIME!
 
This will be a hands-on workshop designed to assist individuals in compiling the documentation needed for membership application in the Mayflower Society. The workshop will be led by Marty Flanagan, with help from the Historian and Governor of the Kansas Mayflower Society. 
 
Participants should bring the following documents: the first three ancestral generations of birth, death and marraige records, plus your own (back to your great-grandparents). 
 
This workshop is free, and open to the public. Click here to register online. 
 
 For questions, email Marty Flanagan at tgstopeka.president@gmail.com.
 


Monday, March 11
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
TOPIC:  Review of AncestryDNA and how to use new tools
 
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 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
TOPIC: How to use FamilySearch (continued)
 
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, March 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, March 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.


Thursday, March 28
Railroads: The Industry that Shaped Kansas  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Kansas History and the railroads are intertwined.  To understand the lives of early settlers, you must know the part played by railroads. 
 
Presented by Leo E. Oliva, a Kansas Humanities Speakers' Bureau presenter.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 6
2019 Annual Conference  (Annual Conference)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka
 
See our Annual Conference Page for more detail.
 
Dowload registration form below, or register online
 


Monday, April 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:  How to compile DNA results and write and summarize your conclusions. Will also cover privacy issues.
 
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 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:  Practice our skills at TSCPL using FamilySearch films
 
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 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:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
Co-facilitated by Jan Droge and Rich McReynolds.
 
Free, open to the public. 
 


Thursday, April 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.


Using Newspapers in Genealogical Research
Saturday, April 20
Using Newspapers in Genealogical Research  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
NEW CLASS OFFERING FOR 2019!
 
Newspapers are a rich source of information about our ancestors and their lives, but not always easy to find and search.  This class with cover how to find what newspapers were published in the location and time period of interest, how to locate copies of the newspapers you want,  tips for effective searching in digitized newspapers, and more.   
 
Suggested skill level: Any
 
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, May 9
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, May 9
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, May 13
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
TOPIC: Using chromosome browsers (like DNA painter), and how they apply to your research
 
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 13
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:  Newspaper research
 
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.


Cemetery Research Workshop
Saturday, May 18
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: Barb LaClair
 
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 HERE, or download and print a registration form below. 
 
(In the event of inclement weather, class will be re-scheduled for May 19th)
 
 


Thursday, May 23
Why DNA? Is it Right for You?  (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 to break down Kansas History brick walls in your family history research.
 
Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.



Free Workshop - Creative Ways to Share Your Family History
Saturday, June 8
Free Workshop - Creative Ways to Share Your Family History  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
As genealogists, we LOVE doing research and learning about our ancestors.  But, sometimes, not everyone in the family is as interested or enthusastic about the information that we find.  Citing names and dates and other "cool" factoids may be met with eye rolling and head shaking.  
 
Names and dates may not mean much to some family members, but there are many other creative options for incorporating genealogical information or family memories into items that will be more interesting and perhaps stimulate a greater appreciation for family history.   
 
This workshop will be informal, with a "Show and Tell" format.  Workshop presenters will have numerous examples to share, and class particpants are invited to bring and share their own examples of creative ways in which they have successfully shared family history with their family members. 
 
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.
 
 
 


Monday, June 10
DNA/ Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group  (DNA Genealogy Interest Group)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
TOPIC:  Using the DNA X Factor
 
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 10
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:  Annual visit to Midwest Genealogy Center
 
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 13
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, June 13
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, 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: Looking at other DNA possibilities
 
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:  Tour Kansas State Library
 
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:  To be announced as they become available.  
 
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.



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.


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.


Free Workshop - Genealogy Estate Planning: How to Ensure that Your Work is Preserved
Saturday, August 24
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.
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 luck 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.
 
 
 



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.



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.


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.