Genealogy & Local History

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.

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African American Newspaper Archive from Newsbank

New African American Newspaper Collection!

Explore African American history, culture and experience from the 16th through 20th centuries. The new database includes 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience from more than 35 states.

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Does Genealogy Illustrate History?

Yes, it does! Genealogy Librarian presents unpublished manuscript at the 2014 Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit (July 16-20, 2014), along with the genealogy of a local resident. The genealogy includes Joseph Kennedy (J. K.) and Mary Worrell (Smith) Hudson. Each who has made their mark on Topeka history.

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2014 Bookmobile

From Branches to Bookmobiles

Did you know for a time the library had branches? It did. Through a creative partnership with school district the Library placed branches in 6 public schools by 1932. Some were open only during the school day, others during the summer. All served children as well as adults. By the end of the era of […]

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Make Plans to Attend the Neighborhood Fair

Learn about the history of your neighborhood and the city of Topeka at the Neighborhood Fair May 10 from 10am-3pm. Meet and mingle with community members as you learn about Topeka’s culture and heritage.

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One man's story of genealogy research at the library

Obituary Reveals Details of Family Tragedy

Searching for your family history? Make your first stop our second floor, where you’ll find a room just for researching Topeka and Topekans. Learn how Mark found relatives he never knew existed.

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46th Annual Conference of the Topeka Genealogical Society

Join our partner, Topeka Genealogical Society, for its annual conference April 26. Learn the most-often overlooked sources for genealogists.

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