Topeka Genealogical Society

Get to Know Your Ancestors - We're Here to Help!

At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we believe that all families have important memories and stories that need to be preserved and handed down to future generations. And, we know just how quickly the precious memories of our ancestors and beloved family members can be lost if steps are not taken to preserve them. Our mission is to make sure that those memories and stories are not lost.

For 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.  Don't let you family's stories be lost!

 

What We Offer: 

Education: 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.   
 
 
 
 
Connection: 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!




Topeka Genealogical Society
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 16th
Brick Wall Interest Group
In-Person Meeting   April Program - "Search Party” at the Kansas State Archives – Participants can access databases from the Archives computers, search Kansas newspaper microfilms and request materials from the stacks. (Bring your research questions and a flash drive to save your documents!)   Facilitated by Cindy Cruz. 
Monday, April 22nd
DNA Special Interest Group
Discussion in this group will focus on how to understand and use your DNA matches.  Participants will find this most helpful if they have done DNA testing and have received their results.      To obtain a link to the Zoom meeting, email Marty Flanagan at marty.flanagan3@gmail.com , giving your name and email address, at least 2 days prior to the meeting. 
Thursday, April 25th
Monthly Program - Pioneer Anthony Ward
“Pioneer Anthony Ward; Original Owner of Old Prairie Town in Topeka” by Barbara LaClair Topeka Genealogical Society President Barb LaClair will compare the traditional story of how Ward acquired his Topeka property with recently retrieved original land documents.   Monthly programs are free, and open to the public.  No registration needed to attend in person.  To get a link to attend virtually with Zoom, click here. 
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