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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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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Driscoll Dancers KC Irish Fest 2013

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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HUSH Podcast

HUSH Library Podcast #68 – African American Topeka

In this episode, local genealogist, librarian and author Sherri Camp talks about her book featuring stories and photographs that place the history and experience of African Americans in Topeka in the context of American history.

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Educator Appreciation Night!

Come learn more about local and family history resources at the Educator’s Appreciation Night on Thurs, November 6.

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Attend the 5th Annual Kansas Ancestor Fair

The 5th Annual Kansas Ancestor Fair is Sat. October 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society.

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