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Friday, September 21 through Friday, October 5
Family History Writing Workshop for Beginners  (Classes & Workshops)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ENROLLMENT.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please watch our Events claendar for the class to be re-scheduled at a future date.
 
Are you interested in writing your family history?  Now that you have discovered many interesting facts about your family, do you need help and ideas to get started?  The Topeka Genealogical Society is offerring an introductory-level workshop on how to begin and continue writing your family history.  
 
Class will be taught in three 2-hour sessions on consecutive Friday mornings, led by TGS members Sally Paige Kahle and Terry Stahl. Sally teaches composition at Washburn University, collecting and writing her family stories for the past 40 years. Terry is a former history teacher in the Seaman school district, and led the recent TGS project to record orphan train riders coming to build their lives in Kansas. 
 
Basic word processing skill is a prerequisite, and participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers.  
 
Preregistration by September 17th is required.  Class size is limited to 15, so register early to assure your spot.  Registration cost is $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or by mail with the downloadable 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.
 


Saturday, September 22
AncestryDNA  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn about DNA testing with AncestryDNA, and how to interpret and use your test results, and the importance of family trees.  Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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 27
Josiah McAfee: A Colorful Character!  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Wendi Bevitt, from Buried Past Consulting, will explain the role of this former Topeka mayor in bringing the gospel, education, and equality for African Americans to early day Kansas. Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.


Sunday, September 30
Family Tree DNA  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn about DNA testing with FamilyTreeDNA, and how to interpret and use your test results.  Class will cover training, joining groups, record-keeping and  Y DNA, MtDNA and FamilyFinder results. Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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.



Sunday, October 7
TGS OPEN HOUSE  (Other)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Join us at the TGS Library as we celebrate Family History Month, and invite members of the public to learn more about TGS and what we have to offer.
 
Help us spread the word, and invite your friends to stop by!   
We will have library tours, information on how to get started researching your family history, "Ask an Expert" consultations, membership information, informaiton on TGS classes and programs, and a drawing for door prizes.
 
Light refreshments will be served.


Monday, October 8
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 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
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 11
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, October 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.


Sunday, October 14
MyHeritage DNA  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn about DNA testing with MyHeritage, and how to interpret and use your test results. Class will Why & Hows of testing, record-keeping, understanding results and Triangulation.  Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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, October 25
Victorian Mourning: A Complicated Business  (Monthly Programs)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Jill Frese and Joel Meyers, from Manhattan, will enthrall you with 19th century traditions surrounding death, funerals, and burial and share their implications for your family history.  Program is free, and open to the Public.  No registration required.


Saturday, October 27
DNA Testing with 23 and Me  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn about DNA testing with 23 and Me, and how to interpret and use your test results.  Class will cover how testing with 23 and Me is different than other testing companies, how to use the results, record-keeping, and learning locations. Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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.


Saturday, October 27
Saturday Skillbuilder - Using the Mayflower Society Lineage Books  (Saturday Skillbuilders)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TGS Library, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME!   The Saturday Skillbuilder is being re-scheduled for October only, due to presenter availability.
 
What are the Mayflower "Silver Books," and how do you use them?
 
An estimated 10 million living Americans descend from the 102 individuals who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 - are you one of them? The Silver Books trace the descendants of the Mayflower passengerrs through five generations, supported by rigorous research. Learn how to use them to prove your Mayflower ancestry, or to learn more about your known Mayflower ancestor(s).
 
Presenter Marty Flanagan.
 
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.



Saturday, November 3
Getting the Most from the Major Online Genealogy Databases  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
 
NEW CLASS OFFERING FOR 2018!
 
There's a wealth of genealogy information available online but, sometimes, finding it can be a bit tricker than just 'clicking on that shaky leaf.'  Learn the tricks for going beyond the global search options to uncover hidden gems and treasures.  Databases covered will include Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Fold3.com, American Ancestors and more.
 
Suggested skill level: Any
 
Class will be led by Barb LaClair, and others to be announced.
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Registration fee $20 for current TGS members, $30 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, November 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, November 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.


Saturday, November 10
Introduction to Genealogy Research  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Would you like to know more about your family history, but don't know where to start?  Maybe you have a little information from your family, or have done a few searches on Ancestry, but don't know where to go next?
 
This introductory-level class is for those who are thinking about researching family history, or just getting started.  We will cover basic tools and methods, organizing your information, knowing which sources are credible, and basic sources such as censuses, vital records and courthouse records.
 
Class will be led by Barb LaClair.
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registration fee $10 for TGS members, $20 for non-members.  Register online, or download and print a brochure/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.
 


Sunday, November 11
Using GedMatch with your DNA Results  (Classes & Workshops)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn what GedMatch is, and how and why to use it. Learn how to transfer your DNA test results to GedMatch, and how to use and interpret the GedMatch matching tools to analyze your matches. Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $25 for TGS members, $30 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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, November 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.
 
November Topic:  How MyHeritage uses DNA Results with their Records Search, by Rich McReynolds
 
Open to the members of the public, if they have completed DNA testing.
 
Led by Marty Flanagan


Monday, November 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.


Friday, November 16
Using DNA Painter  (Classes & Workshops)
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Topeka Genealogical Society, 2717 SE Indiana Ave.
Learn what DNA Painter is, and how and why to use it analyze your DNA test results and matches. Class will be led by Marty Flanagan.
 
There will be a break for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Bring a sack lunch, or lunch on your own.
 
Pre-registration is required. Registration fee $30 for TGS members, $35 for non-members.  Register online or download a registration form (below) and mail with payment. 
 
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.


Saturday, November 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.


Sunday, November 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.
 
Meetings are free, and open to the public.



Monday, December 10
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 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
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 13
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, December 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.


Saturday, December 15
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.