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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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Exodusters in Topeka

During and shortly after the end of the Civil War in April of 1865, African Americans began migrating into Kansas and surrounding states in large numbers. Learn how Topeka responded to this influx of new immigrants.

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Samuel Reader: Civil War Veteran

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. This post is the second of four which highlight ties between Topeka and Shawnee County and national movements during and after the Civil War. By the 1870’s over 20,000 Union Civil War veterans resided in Kansas. Locally, many veterans joined their regional Grand […]

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A Land of Soldiers: Kansas and Civil War Veterans

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. This post is the first of four which highlight ties between Topeka and Shawnee County and national movements during and after the Civil War. Chances are, if you have a male ancestor that came to Kansas in the late 19th century […]

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Get Fired Up for Family History

Get inspired to find your family’s story with Barbara McTygue Scanlon, Genealogy Specialist for the Kansas City Irish Center, as part of our library’s Celtic Celebration on March 29 from 2-5. Her presentation contains Irish history, how-to genealogy help and—in the Irish fashion—a few good laughs.

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Immerse Yourself in Celtic Culture

The pipes are callin’! Join us in a celebration of Celtic culture through music, dance, poetry, displays of genealogy and more, 2-5 pm March 29.

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HeritageQuest Online Gets a New Look!

On March 4th, 2015, one of genealogy’s favorite databases, HeritageQuest Online (HQO), got a new look! It is the most popular source of the U.S. Federal Census records available for free through the Library. Patrons have been able to access it from home with their library card. Now, it has a new interface run by Ancestry.com. It looks a lot […]

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