The Topeka Room has the resources for local historians and genealogists, to discover their family connections as well as the stories of Topeka and Shawnee County’s people, places and events.

A few of the more popular items our researchers use are: yearbooks from Topeka high schools and Washburn University; Topeka city directories from 1870 to the present; and an extensive Local History file collection which covers topics like Topeka and Shawnee County people, schools, businesses, churches, and neighborhoods.

Our computer lab provides access to a host of electronic databases as well as a copier, scanner, and a microfilm scanner.  The best utilized resource is the specially trained staff to help you with your research needs.

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Family Tree Magazine on Flipster

Family Tree Magazine is the premiere publication about genealogy and is a must-read for those who are passionate about their family history. You can read it for free, every month, with your library card!

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New Genealogy Resource – American Ancestors Online

Get ready, family researchers! Your library is offering another way for you to connect with your family roots. American Ancestors Online, by New England Historic and Genealogical Society, is a repository for more than 400 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond. Read on for more info.

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Make History with the Freedmen’s Bureau Project

Our library is proud to support the Freedmen’s Bureau Project. Families will be able to build their family trees and connect with their Civil War-era–for free! Read on to find out how you can help.

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