Topeka Genealogical Society

Topeka Genealogical Society

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I am looking for an out of print book entitled Denison, Kansas by Allen Gardiner. I'm sure what to ask for, such as a used book that someone might sell me, a book in the Library that I might check out thru the mail (I live in Heber City, Utah) or some other method of obtaining and reading this book. Years ago, in 1979, he helped some friends find a cemetery in Kansas that had many of my relatives in it. They told me that they accidently ran into Mr Gardiner when searching for my relatives, and he took them to some little cemetery way off the beaten track. They gave me some info about how to contact him. I did, and we exchanged letters, but at the time I never thought about getting directions to that cemetery. I suppose there are search methods for finding it on the internet, but I truly would like to get Mr. Gardiner's book or at least get a loaner or something like that. Can anyone help? Thanks. Jon McReynolds.
If you love finding relatives, you will love this show. I highly recommend it! Watch it on the BYUTV channel on Cox or watch it online.

https://www.byutv.org/relativerace
Please register for this Thursday's monthly meeting and program at TSCPL at 7:00 pm. Fred Holroyd will speak about "Changes in Death-Related Practices and Records."
Fred Holroyd from Mount Hope Cemetery will describe the organization of burial records at the cemetery, and how current trends in funeral services and obituaries may impact genealogy in the future.
The event will be presented in person and broadcast via a Zoom meeting. Both live and Zoom participants should register at
The conference brochure and itinerary is now available for the Topeka Genealogical Society convention that I have the honor at presenting at!

I am really excited to learn from my fellow presenters and to meet genealogists from this part of the country! Definitely check out the list of breakout sessions that are being offered.

https://heartlandfhc.org/

Just signed the speaker's agreement to present TWO presentations at the Heartland Family History Conference, hosted by the Topeka Genealogical Society, in May 2022! I am thrilled for the opportunity and I cannot wait to meet more family historians and to learn from some of the best genealogists in the country!

For more information, keep an eye out for this page (and Carlon's page, of course!):
Topeka's Helping Hands Humane Society and the Topeka Genealogical Society shared their community improvement ideas to A Community Thrives, and your donations helped support them.
Louisville Virtual Family History Seminar
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Deadline for Registration October 13, 2021
Registration: Members $25.00 each – Non-Members $35.00 each
Speaker - David Lambert has been on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist.

Lecture Topics
All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time
1.Researching New England Ancestors, 2.Researching Your Colonial Wars Ancestors, 3.Researching World War I Using Kentucky Resource, 4.What Time Is It on Your Genealogical Clock?

Register at the LGS WEBSITE: https://KYLGS.ORG
TGS Members, Please consider making a contribution to our TGS "A Community Thrives" fundraising campaign ASAP. The program ends on August 13. We plan to make acoustic improvements to the Library Classroom and add technology to facilitate simultaneous live and Zoom presentations of meetings, classes, and SIGs. A few generous donors have given to the cause. Can you spare a dime? Any amount will be appreciated and used wisely. Many of you have benefitted from free programs, SIGs and paid TGS offerings made possible by volunteer labor. If you can't volunteer your time, perhaps you can support our organization with a contribution. Thank you!
Virtual NERGC 2021 begins April 1. [https://www.facebook.com/NERGC] This affordable conference features 72 sessions, 11 Speaker Chats, 8 Special Interest Groups, the Ancestor Road Show, and Exhibit Hall.
Register before March 25 and access the conference syllabus, register for SIG sessions plus table topic event, and the Virtual Attendee Hub. Register before March 25 and access the link to the conference syllabus; a link to register for the Table Topics event; information on registration for the SIG sessions; and the all-important link to enter the Virtual Attendee Hub!
On demand content is available through May 31 to ensure time to take full advantage of this virtual conference content.
Registration for Virtual NERGC 2021 is now open. Go to https://web.cvent.com/.../dd0f52ce-f347.../regProcessStep1 to register!
A summary of conference information is available at https://web.cvent.com/.../dd0f52ce-f347-4603-83c1.../summary.
More information about the New England Regional Genealogical Conference is available at www.nergc.org.
We hope you’ll join us for a great conference!
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NERGC/
During the first meeting of the 'Foundations of Genealogy' zoom meeting, several participants mentioned an interest in writing about their ancestors. Amy Johnson Crow sponsors a '52 ancestors in 52 weeks' blog challenge where she had a different writing prompt for each week.
All of the recordings from the November 14 Identity Quest Genealogy Conference at TSCPL are available for viewing on Youtube. Several of them are by nationally-known experts in DNA and genealogical research skills. Choose some to watch on the dreary cold days ahead!
https://tscpl.org/idquest/schedule

At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we think that every family has important stories to preserve and

10/25/2023

Worried you aren’t properly caring for all those old family photos? You know, the contents of that overflowing shoebox under the bed or the ancient cell phone that hasn’t been backed up since Lost was still on the air? Consider watching our new Photograph Preservation Workshop on YouTube! Funded through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant, the seven workshop modules provide viewers with valuable information on a range of photo preservation topics to improve the care and storage of your irreplaceable collection.

View all seven Photograph Preservation Workshop modules here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfp960XPI8Z2X7FTQLWgfTIzbOchHUdEx!

10/14/2023

Jon Boursaw will speak to the Topeka Genealogical Society about the History of the Potawatomi Nation, Removal from Indiana, and the Uniontown Settlement, on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Jon is a native Topekan, a distinguished member of the Potawatomi Nation, and has served in the Topeka community in many capacities. Jon is an engaging personality with deep knowledge of the Potawatomi and the importance of Uniontown as a trading post on the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. The town was erased by 1858 by a cholera epidemic and was replaced by Topeka as a trading center on the trail.
The public is invited to attend the meeting in person or by requesting a Zoom link for remote attendance at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56h
TGS members are invited to meet at Culver's for a social hour and dinner at 5:30 prior to the meeting.

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing 10/08/2023

Kathrine's webinars are wonderful! If you are interested in German research, sign up for this week's free webinar!

On Thursday October 12, at 1:00 ET/10:00 PT, join us for Help, I'm Stuck!: Breaking Down Brick Walls in German Genealogy

Have a brick wall in your German genealogy research? Just can't get past that one ancestor? In this German Heritage Month webinar, find out where to look and what to do to break down those brick walls and find your German ancestors!

Registration Link:

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Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 09/29/2023

Wow! We were privileged to hear Topeka native Kara Heitz present a dynamite program about the 1918 Influenza pandemic and its impact in Kansas, at the Topeka Genealogical Society's September meeting at the public library. Kara is a dynamic and engaging speaker and we thank her, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau for partnering with our organization to make it possible for us to offer free exemplary programing in our community.
If you missed this excellent lecture, it will soon be available for on-demand access to members of TGS on the society website.

09/27/2023

Here is the flyer for tomorrow's (Thursday, September 28) fund raiser at Qdoba. Please stop in any time between 4 and 8 pm and present the flyer at checkout. The Topeka Genealogy Society will receive 25% of the cost of your meal. Members will meet at 5:30 for a social hour before the monthly program at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library. Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner and the program "Pandemic on the Prairie" is open to the public.

Topeka Genealogical Society - Educational Offerings 09/27/2023

Don't forget to join us tomorrow!
KC historian and educator, Kara Heitz, will present "Pandemic on the Prairie" at the monthly meeting of the Topeka Genealogical Society at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on September 28 at 7:00 pm. She will speak about the 1918-1920 flu epidemic in Kansas with emphasis on experiences of local prominent Topekans. She will also share stories of some flu victims buried in the Topeka Cemetery. Kara is a Topeka native, and we are pleased that her presentation is sponsored by the Humanities Kansas Speaker's Bureau. The public is welcome to attend in person, or by Zoom by registering at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56
For more information about our speaker, please go to her website karaheitz.org

Topeka Genealogical Society - Educational Offerings TGS offers a wide range of educational programming and topics, from beginner to advanced levels, many free and some with registration fees. Days and hours vary.

Speakers Bureau 09/11/2023

We are grateful to Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau for their sponsorship of programs for the Topeka Genealogical Society!

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09/11/2023

KC historian and educator, Kara Heitz, will present "Pandemic on the Prairie" at the monthly meeting of the Topeka Genealogical Society at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on September 28 at 7:00 pm. She will speak about the 1918-1920 flu epidemic in Kansas with emphasis on experiences of local prominent Topekans. She will also share stories of some flu victims buried in the Topeka Cemetery. Kara is a Topeka native, and we are pleased that her presentation is sponsored by the Humanities Kansas Speaker's Bureau. The public is welcome to attend in person, or by Zoom by registering at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56
For more information about our speaker, please go to her website karaheitz.org

08/15/2023

Our TGS August 24 monthly meeting at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 7:00 pm will feature KC genealogist, Lauri Jean Swett, who will present a lecture about how to find and use "State Censuses." The public is welcome to attend in person, or by Zoom by registering at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56

08/10/2023

Join us at Jason’s Deli at 5:30 pm prior to our August 24th monthly program to eat, promote fellowship, and raise some money for TGS. If you are unable to join us at 5:30 pm, please remember that you may purchase food anytime between 10:00 am - 8:00 pm on the 24th. Our society will earn 25% percent of the total sales.
No printed flyer is required, just let the cashier know that you are with the Topeka Genealogical Society fundraiser group when you check out.

Our monthly program at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will begin at 7:00 pm. The topic for this month is State Censuses presented by Lauri Jean Swett.

It will be a fun evening....hope to see you then! We thank you for your support!
Join us at Jason’s Deli at 5:30 pm prior to our August 24th monthly program to eat, promote fellowship, and raise some money for TGS. If you are unable to join us at 5:30 pm, please remember that you may purchase food anytime between 10:00 am - 8:00 pm on the 24th. Our society will earn 25% percent of the total sales.
No printed flyer is required, just let the cashier know that you are with the Topeka Genealogical Society fundraiser group when you check out.

Our monthly program at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will begin at 7:00 pm. The topic for this month is State Censuses presented by Lauri Jean Swett.

It will be a fun evening....hope to see you then! We thank you for your support!

Caring for Your Personal Collections 08/08/2023

You might be interested in this upcoming program, presented by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Friday, August 18, 6:30 -8:00pm.

Caring for Your Personal Collections Learn about the various methods of preservation available for a variety of items including digitizing family history documents and photos, and preserving 3-D objects.

Events - Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 07/20/2023

Mary and Gayla Hoyt will present a program on Scottish and Irish Research on Thursday, July 27, 2023 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library. Using online sources from Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.com, Mary and Gayla Hoyt were able to pinpoint ancestral locations in Scotland and Ireland by translating addresses into GPS coordinates. By this method they were able to locate where their family lived and was buried in Ireland and Scotland. This program will explain their research and show highlights of their trip to Ireland and Scotland in 2022.
Attend in person (no pre-registration needed) or register to obtain a Zoom link and attend virtually at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56 or https://events.tscpl.org/events
Join us for a social hour and fund raiser prior to the meeting at 5:30 at Pie Five on Wanamaker. See separate post for details.

Events - Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library1515 SW 10th Ave | Topeka, Kansas 66604(785) 580-4400 | Contact Us | Ask A Librarian

07/12/2023

“It's been 50 years since the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) fire, and the National Archives and the nation are still recovering from the ashes. I’ve seen firsthand the extraordinary lengths our staff in St. Louis go to every day to piece back together the records our veterans and their families need. It's a sobering reminder of both how important and how fragile our mission can be,” said Dr. Colleen Shogan, Archivist of the United States.

On the anniversary of the NPRC fire, the National Archives has created a new Special Topics page sharing its most comprehensive effort to document the history and resources available to understand the NPRC fire, its aftermath, and the changes it led to in policies and procedures. The new page contains records and resources related to the fire, including an extensive ongoing oral history project from the National Archives Historian, images from the St. Louis Preservation Lab of how staff work with burned records, a one-page fact sheet, and a quick access link to requesting veterans’ records online.

Learn more about these new resources on the Remembering the 1973 NPRC Fire Special Topics Page:
https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/2023-nprc-fire-anniversary

Image: Records on the 6th floor being recovered months after the fire, in 1973.
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/218517992

06/14/2023

Linda Knoll will present "Army of Amazons: Women's Fight for Labor Rights in Kansas Coalfields" on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Topeka and Shawnee County Library Marvin Auditorium.
In December 1921, thousands of women in southeast Kansas rose up to fight injustice in the area coalfields. These women were immigrants from Eastern European nations as well as Kansas born. After a months-long strike by the coalminers, the women joined the cause. In the short term, their efforts crippled mine production for nearly a month; in the longer term, their continued activism impacted future statewide elections and national legislation. This talk will share the stories of these women, christened the "Amazon Army" by The New York Times, and their fight for democracy and labor rights in Kansas's coalfields. This program is sponsored by the Humanities Kansas Speakers' Bureau and the Topeka Genealogical Society.
Ms. Knoll is an educator and historian who has worked in a variety of settings for heritage preservation. Her play, Army of Amazons: An Oral History of Southeast Kansas received an Emmy nomination in 2013 for Best Historical/Culture Program Segment through the Sunflower Journeys PBS- KTWU series and has been performed for numerous audiences. She has been honored with Outstanding Educator Awards from Kansas State University and the University of Chicago as well as receiving the Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association in Los Angeles in 2005. Linda also assisted with the development of the Miners Memorial in Pittsburg, Kansas, and helped establish the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin.
The program is free and open to the public. If you prefer to join us by Zoom register at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56

05/30/2023

Just a few days left before our 2023 Heartland Family History Conference begins! Don't miss it!
https://heartlandfhc.org

Events - Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 05/23/2023

The Topeka Genealogical Society monthly meeting will be held this Thursday, May 25, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Marvin Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Member Danni Altman-Newell will present a program on "Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Networks." This session will look at some of the fraternal organizations your ancestors may have been a part of, will review some of the symbolism associated with the organizations, and will discuss clues you can look for to determine if your ancestor was a member of a fraternal organization and where to locate resources that may assist the researcher in discovering information about their ancestor’s fraternal life. Join us in person or register for a remote Zoom link at https://tgstopeka.org/eventListings.php?nm=56 or at https://events.tscpl.org/events You are also invited to drop in at the Mexican Taco Shop at 1901 SW 10th Ave. at 5:30 for a dinner/social hour before the meeting.

Events - Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library1515 SW 10th Ave | Topeka, Kansas 66604(785) 580-4400 | Contact Us | Ask A Librarian

04/30/2023

Sherri Camp invites TGS members and guests to the May meeting of the Kansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society tomorrow, Monday, May 1 at 5:30 pm. The program, The Vera Byrd Story, includes an adoption story and will be of interest to all family historians.
Attend on zoom.us at
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89251618272?pwd=TUhXckxFSGE1ZlRIeXI5c3hvdG5KZz09
The meeting ID is 892 5161 8272
Passcode is 652809

Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 04/29/2023

Thanks to everyone who supported TGS at Jason's Deli and joined us at the public library for a great program by John Manning on Thursday. We were in a different meeting room this month, but it worked out well for our 49 members and guests who came in person or joined us on Zoom. Thanks, also, to Sherri Camp for her able assistance with the media equipment and the cool pano photo!
If you missed the "Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors" program, a recording and the handout is available to members on the TGS website tgstopeka.org Log in on the Members-Only Section, go to Events and Education, then to Materials from Past Programs to access this and nearly forty other recordings!

2023 Heartland Family History Conference 04/24/2023

Have you registered yet for our 2023 Heartland Family History Conference? Early registration discounts end April 30th! https://heartlandfhc.org

2023 Heartland Family History Conference Family History Conference, genealogy conference, Shawnee County, Kansas, Topeka

04/20/2023

If you are in the KTWU viewing area, be sure to tune in this evening! TGS member Cindy Cruz did the research for one of the cases that will be presented.

Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 04/19/2023

Don't miss the premier episode of KTWU's newest program, Identity Quest, tomorrow evening, April 20, at 8:00 pm. The first episode is a fascinating glimpse into the family history of Topeka radio and television personality, Danielle Norwood and Overland Park resident, Bernadette Bowen. Genealogy research for this show was done by TGS member Cindy Cruz and Topeka genealogy librarian, Sherri Camp.

04/19/2023

Support the Topeka Genealogical Society by visiting Jason's Deli on Thursday, April 27, between 10 am and 8 pm and mentioning TGS (see attached image) to have 25% of the cost of your order donated to TGS. If you would like to eat with our group, join us at 5:30 before we go to the TSCPL for our "Researching Your Scots-Irish" program at 7:00 by John Manning. The deli has a fantastic salad bar, sandwiches, pasta, soups, yummy desserts, and FREE ice cream!

04/15/2023

Check out the feature article about TGS and our Heartland Family History Conference!

The April 2023 issue of Kaw Valley Senior Monthly is now available at www.seniormonthly.net.

Heartland Family History Conference – Discover your family's history – learn how with us! 04/15/2023

Register today! Early registration discounts end April 30!

Heartland Family History Conference – Discover your family's history – learn how with us! Heartland Family History Conference 2023 Digging Deeper: Finding Hidden Gems & Buried Treasure Hybrid Event: In-person and Virtual Participation Options! When: June 9-10, 2023Where: Hotel Topeka at City Center & Maner Conference Center, Topeka, KS Why You Should Attend: An opportunity to find inspir...

Topeka Genealogical Society - Educational Offerings 04/11/2023

Do you have Scots-Irish ancestors? Our April TGS program at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library is "Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors" by TGS member, John Manning. John, a professional genealogist in the greater Kansas City area, will offer expert tips for learning more about your family history. Join us on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. in person at the library or register for a Zoom meeting invitation at

Topeka Genealogical Society - Educational Offerings TGS offers a wide range of educational programming and topics, from beginner to advanced levels, many free and some with registration fees. Days and hours vary.

04/04/2023

Topeka Genealogical Society At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we think that every family has important stories to preserve and tell. We're here to help you find yours!

Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 03/29/2023

TGS Research Day at the Kansas State Archives today was a great experience for everyone who attended. Participants were treated to guided tours of the facility by archivists Megan Burton and Katie Keckeisen. They saw intriguing examples of documents and photos from the archives and learned how to use the online catalog, card catalog, materials request slips, and state-of-the-art microfilm readers. We owe a big thank you to Lauren Gray for setting up our day and providing research help, and to Megan and Katie for their enthusiastic description of the materials available at the Archives. We enjoyed a day of fine fellowship and learning!
If you missed this opportunity, the staff at the Archives provide attentive instructions and help to individual patrons every day. Everything is NOT online! Pay a visit to your Kansas State Archives!

Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 03/19/2023

DAR member and Topeka Genealogical Society Membership Chair, Nancy Appelhanz, will share the amazing history of DAR and what members are doing today to continue that legacy at the March 23 program at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 7:00 p.m. If you have an ancestor who was a Revolutionary War Patriot, this is a great opportunity to learn how to find more about him through DAR resources.
Join us for dinner at Culvers on Wanamaker at 5:30 for a social gathering before we learn some wonderful American history from Nancy! (This month's dinner is not a fundraising activity.)
The public is invited to attend in person or by Zoom. Register at https://events.tscpl.org/events

03/11/2023

Registration is now open for our 2023 Heartland Family History Conference, June 9-10 in Topeka! Attend in person or online.
For more details: https://heartlandfhc.org

Topeka Genealogical Society At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we think that every family has important stories to preserve and tell. We're here to help you find yours!

03/05/2023

We had a great group of “budding genealogists” who attended our free beginning level class yesterday!

02/21/2023

Would you like to learn more about your family's ancestry, but don't know how to start? The Topeka Genealogical Society is offering a FREE Getting Started in Genealogy Research class on Saturday, March 4th, 1-4pm, at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Class size is limited - pre-register now to reserve your spot! https://www.tgstopeka.org/store.php?sid=4

Topeka Genealogical Society At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we think that every family has important stories to preserve and tell. We're here to help you find yours!

02/12/2023

Please join TGS at Qdoba (1025 SW Wanamaker Road) for our February 23 Dining for Dollars fundraiser. Show this flyer at checkout between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and Qdoba will donate 25% of the cost of your meal to TGS. Top off your evening at our monthly meeting at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library where Lauren Gray will speak to our group about the resources available in the Kansas Archives at the Kansas Historical Society. If you can't attend in person, register for Zoom attendance at https://events.tscpl.org/event/7614452

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Find Your Ancestors: Where There Is - or Isn't - A Will. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 02/09/2023

If you aren't acquainted with Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist," this is a great opportunity to hear her speak. The Appleton WI Public Library is hosting a free Zoom presentation by Judy on Saturday, February 11, at 2:00 pm on "Where There Is - or Isn't - A Will" as a part of their Find Your Ancestors series.
Register here:

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Find Your Ancestors: Where There Is - or Isn't - A Will. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Join us via Zoom for a virtual genealogical program as part of our annual Find Your Ancestors series. Program Topic: Where There Is - or Isn't - A Will Where there's a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't a will, there's still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the recor...

02/01/2023

Check out a few of the online resources in this list!

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Here is a list of over 300 of the best (with URLs), presented by state. And everyone is Free!

Check them out at https://theancestorhunt.com/blog/best-u-s-genealogy-archives/

Photos from Topeka Genealogical Society's post 01/28/2023

TGS celebrated Kansas Day a bit early by learning about the infamous Kansan, Dr. J.R. Brinkley, The Goat Gland Surgeon." Did you know he was almost elected governor of Kansas in 1930?! Thank you, Tom Luellen, for sharing a fascinating story with us!

Dr. J.R. Brinkley, The Infamous Goat Gland Surgeon 01/20/2023

Can you say, "Quack?!" Please join the Topeka Genealogical Society Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for an introduction to the miracle cures attributed to goat gland transplants done by Kansan, Dr. J.R. Brinkley. Tom Luellen will present the fascinating story of possibly the United States’ greatest medical charlatan. He established a clinic and hospital in Medford, Kansas in 1917. Soon he was treating impotency by transplanting goat glands in men. In 1923 he established the first radio station in Kansas and spread the word of his medical miracle. At its peak his medical empire grossed over $12 million per year. Eventually the medical establishment shut down his hospital, but not before several unbelievable tactics by the irrepressible Dr. Brinkley.
Join us in person or register for a Zoom link for the meeting at

Dr. J.R. Brinkley, The Infamous Goat Gland Surgeon Tom Luellen will discuss Dr. Brinkley, who set up a medical practice in Medford, Kansas, in 1918 and became known throughout the United States for miracle cures.

01/09/2023

Help support the Topeka Genealogical Society. Dine in or order online from the Topeka Panera Bread location (1421 SW Wanamaker Rd.) any time between 8am and 8pm on Jan 26th, and show them this flyer or use the promo code FUND4U when you order in the restaurant or check out online, and TGS will receive a donation equal to 20% of your order!

If you would like to dine with others from TGS, we will have a group gathering there at 5:30pm to grab a quick dinner prior to our Monthly Program at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (program begins at 7pm).

We hope to see you there, and thank you for your support!

12/16/2022

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Because Every Family Has a Story...

At the Topeka Genealogical Society, we believe that every family has important history and stories that should be preserved and handed down to future generations. And, we know that memories of our ancestors can be lost in just three generations if we do not do something to preserve them.

Our mission is to promote interest in family history, and to provide support and resources to assist those who want to learn more about their ancestors. We operate an extensive genealogical library, and offer a wide array of educational classes and programming.

Founded in 1964, we are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. We are supported solely through memberships and donations. If you like what we do, we invite you to help support our organization by becoming a member, or making a donation in any amount.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas keeps families close to their hospitalized childr

Kansas Contractors Association Kansas Contractors Association
800 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, 66612

We Build Kansas. The voice of the Kansas heavy construction industry.

Topeka Performing Arts Center Topeka Performing Arts Center
214 SE 8th Avenue
Topeka, 66603

This art deco performance hall is the place for the best in live entertainment while enriching and ed

Keys for Networking, Inc. Keys for Networking, Inc.
900 S Kansas Avenue, Ste 301
Topeka, 66612

Call (785-233-8732) Email [email protected]

Kansas Dental Association Kansas Dental Association
5200 SW Huntoon Street
Topeka, 66604

Founded in 1871. This is the official page of the Kansas Dental Association. Please contact the

Friends of the Topeka Zoo (FOTZ) Friends of the Topeka Zoo (FOTZ)
FOTZ Offices/635 SW Gage Boulevard
Topeka, 66606

The Friends of the Topeka Zoo is a membership based organization established in 1964 to provide supp