Get to Know Your Ancestors - We're Here to Help!
Registration for the 2022 Heartland Family History Conference is Open!
Inclement Weather Policy
Hazardous weather conditions (including winter snow, severe storms or tornado watches) may force us to cancel events or close our Library on days when we would normally be open. We will be closed on days when the USD 501 School District has closed due to weather conditions.
If you are planning to visit and the weather conditions are questionable, please call the library (785-233-5762) during operating hours to be certain that we will be open before you venture out.
or more than fifty years, the Topeka Genealogical Society has been promoting and supporting family history interests in Shawnee County and northeast Kansas. Whether you are just wondering how to get started in learning about your ancestors or you are an experienced researcher, we offer resources and learning opportunities to assist you in the fascinating process of discovery that we call genealogy.
What We Offer:
Because, sometimes, successful genealogy research involves more than just clicking on the shaky leaf or putting a name into a search box. We're here to help you learn about all
of the genealogy resources at your disposal, and how to use them effectively. Our diverse educational offerings include monthly programs featuring local speakers, an annual conference featuring a nationally recognized speaker, and an array of classes, workshops, interest groups and research trips offered throughout the year to meet the varied needs and interests of our members and the community. No matter what your experience level or areas of interest, we are here to help.
Library & Resources:
Our library, located at 2717 SE Indiana Avenue, houses a large and growing collection of more than 11,000 books and 700 genealogical periodical titles. In addition to an outstanding collection of Shawnee County materials, the library offers resources pertaining to almost all U.S. states and many foreign nations. Whether your ancestors lived in Kansas or elsewhere, we are likely to have something useful to you in your research.
Membership in the Topeka Genealogical Society also offers fun opportunities to get to know other genealogists, to learn from and share with other members, or to get involved in one or more of our many activities and volunteer projects.
Welcome to the Topeka Genealogical Society!
Tuesday, January 18th
Brick Wall Interest Group
Discussion Topic: TRY THIS! Cindy Cruz will demonstrate simple techniques to apply on familiar websites to achieve genealogical information that can’t be obtained by conventional searches. Long distance collaboration with other family historians will be emphasized. Bring your brick wall genealogy problems, and your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems. Most sessions include a short presentation, plus time to share and work together to break down those brick walls! Facilitated by Cindy Cruz. Contact Cindy at least 2 days in advance to be invited to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 27th
Monthly Program - Changes in Death Related Practices and Records
Presenter and Program Topic: Fred Holroyd, retired Vice President with Penwell and currently a volunteer with Mount Hope Cemetery, will describe the organization of burial records at the cemetery, and how current trends in funeral services and obituaries may impact genealogy in the future. Monthly Programs, featuring local speakers on topics of genealogical and historical interest. Programs are free, and open to the Public. Pre-registration is needed - CLICK HERE TO register on the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library website.
Tuesday, February 8th
Foundations of Family History Interest Group
PRESENTATION TOPIC: Evaluating the Evidence - Which Source Should I Believe? Whether you are brand new to genealogy, or have been researching for quite a while, there's always something new to learn! Having a better understanding of research methods and source materials can help you to avoid mistakes and improve your chances of research success. In this group, we will take a brief look at a different method or source material each month, and then leave time for questions, answers and discussion on any genealogy-related topic. Facilitated by Barb LaClair Participation in this group is free, and open to the public. If you would like to participate, contact Barb LaClair at email@example.com at least 2 days in advance to receive a link to the meeting.