More About our Educational Offerings

At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we take our mission seriously. Providing opportunities for learning and connection are central to what we do. We offer a variety of opportunities, and encourage you to take full advantage of them. Most are free of charge, and open to the general public. Many are virtual or include a virtual option so that you can participate from wherever you are. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Check our Events Calendar frequently to see what we have coming up!

Monthly Programs

Our monthly programs feature area presenters, speaking about interesting topics related to local history and/or family history. They are free and open to the public, always on the 4th Thursday of the month starting at 7pm, in person at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. We also offer the opportunity to participate virtually, via Zoom. When permitted, we record the presentations and make them available to our members for later online viewing. (no Monthly Programs in November or December)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups meet on a ongoing basis (most are monthly) to learn more about a specific area of shared interest. Group meetings are informal, and focus on a specific presentation topic or learning opportunity at each session, and encourage questions and discussion among group participants. Currently, all Special Interest Groups offer options for remote participation via Zoom; some also include some in-person opportunities. There is no formalized registration required to join a group – just drop in when your schedule allows and the subject matter interests you. (Clicking on the “Registration” button below will add your name to the group’s mailing list so that you receive information about upcoming programs and how to join them via Zoom.)

Computer and Genealogy Software SIG – This group meets virtually on a monthly basis on the 2nd Thursday of each month, starting at 9:30am to explore various topics related to computer use in genealogy and family history research. Topics include software applications, online resources and more. Suitable for all levels of genealogical experience.

Brick Wall Problem Solving SIG – If you research for very long, almost everyone finds a proverbial “brick wall,” where your research is stuck and you just cant find the answer you are looking for. This group shares and examines participants Brick Wall problems, offering possible solutions or alternative approaches to solving them. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 9:30am. The format for the monthly meetings alternates between in-person research sessions at an area repository, and virtual discussion format via Zoom. This group is most suitable for persons who are experienced genealogical researchers.

Foundations of Family History SIG – This group meets virtually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, starting at 7:00pm to explore genealogical resources or research methods. Suitable for all levels of experience. There is always time allowed to share general genealogy questions or new discoveries with the group.

DNA/Genetic Genealogy SIG – This group meets virtually at 6:00pm on the 4th Monday of each month to explore methods and tools for analyzing and interpreting the results of your DNA tests, and learning how to apply the results to your genealogy research.

Classes & Workshops

We occasionally offer more in-depth classes or workshops that focus on a specific research method, skill or type of resource materials. Generally, these events are in-person, half or full day events, and require pre-registration to participate. Some have a small registration fee (members get a discount!). Check our calendar to see what we have coming up.

Annual Conference

For more than 50 years, the Topeka Genealogical Society has hosted an Annual Conference event, featuring multiple presentations by a nationally-recognized professional genealogist. In some years, our conferences have been multiple-day events which also included a selection of breakout sessions and an exhibit hall filled with vendors and representatives of local chapters of lineage societies, research repositories and more. The Annual Conference is open to the public. To help cover the costs of producing the conference, there is a registration fee for this event (members get a discount)!

We will not be hosting a conference in 2024, but will resume in 2025. Mark your calendars for April 26,2025. Save the date!

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