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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Come learn more about local and family history resources at the Educator’s Appreciation Night on Thurs, November 6.
The 5th Annual Kansas Ancestor Fair is Sat. October 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kansas Historical Society.
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.
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 Genealogy Librarian presents unpublished manuscript at the 2014 Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit (July 16-20, 2014), along with the genealogy of a local resident.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.
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 […]
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.