Genealogy & Local History

Tips and tools for tracing your family tree, upcoming cultural events, read about books with a Kansas connection, and meet our resident genealogy experts. Plus, stuff from our art/history vault.

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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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Topeka Room Tour — The Bossler Foyer

Welcome to the first room in the Topeka Room Suite. It is the Keith and Bette Bossler Foyer. In this space is the staff desk, as well as art and architectural remnants with links to Topeka’s past.  I’ll just highlight a couple of items here. To see more, please visit us in person. When you […]

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Welcome to the Topeka Room Suite

Welcome to the Topeka Room suite!

Come on in!  You can find us on the second floor of the library in Room 204. The Topeka Room suite houses our Local History and Genealogy collections and resources. The suite consists of four rooms including the Keith and Bette Bossler Foyer, the research room, the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center, and […]

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Attend the 2013 Kansas Ancestor Fair

Learn about genealogy research at the FREE 4th Annual Ancestor Fair Saturday October 19 at the Kansas Historical Society. Researchers of all experience levels will find something to pique their interest or move their research project along.

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Family History Research Starts in the Topeka Room

The library has the tools and the staff to assist you in your genealogical research, and one such “tool” that’s very popular is our obituary request service. The Topeka Room has more than 170,000 obituaries indexed from Topeka newspapers from 1906 to present and is available 24/7 online.

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