Mark your calendar for Identity Quest 2022 – Sat & Sun, Nov 12 & 13, 2022!

Join us for an original Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library event. Identity Quest Genealogy Conference & Heritage Celebration will provide the midwest with a host of heritage society exhibitors, genealogy speakers, heritage music and dance, art and more!

Saturday will be a free conference with national and regional speakers who will share information on the latest genealogy tools and resources. On Saturday you can also walk by the Topeka Room to see KTWU filming genealogy reveals that will air in Feb or March 2023.

Sunday will feature heritage celebrations including music, art, dance and cultural activities. On both days genealogists from across the region will work with participants’ anecdotal clues, documents, and family heirlooms to unite them with histories and people they never knew existed.

Featuring Dan Debenham, creator and host of Relative Race, the Award-Winning Family History-Based Reality Competition Program, now in its 9th season. People from all over the country race to find their new relatives, even in Topeka!

Also featuring Kathleen Brandt, international genealogist and private investigator. She has researched for TLC Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS, Finding Your Roots. She has extensive experience in DNA analysis, international and nationwide documentation retrieval, free-colored research, military record retrievals, and tracing slaves, as well as Irish, Swedish, and German records.

In 2020, the library and our genealogy partners hosted Kenyatta Berry and Brett Bettinger in our first ever free Identity Quest Conference. Find out how to research your identity through DNA, family history and genealogy.

View the Presentations from 2020

2022 Featured Speakers

Dan Debenham
Kathleen Brandt