March 16, 23, and 30, 2020 – University of Man class “Writing Your Family Stories” This class will cover ideas on how to write your family stories. KelLee Parr will share his experiences of how he got started documenting his family’s story. You will be able to start writing your own story, get help with editing, and suggestions on how to publish if desired. Riley Co. Genealogy Library – 2005 Claflin Rd. Manhattan, KS Monday, 10–11:30a.m. Unfortunately cancelled do to COVID-19

April 3, 2020 – Adventures of Learning Central United Methodist Church 5144 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 12:00 Unfortunately cancelled do to COVID-19

April 4, 2020 – 2020 Heartland Family History Conference, Topeka, KS. 2:00 p.m. See information below. Unfortunately cancelled do to COVID-19 Rescheduled October 31, 2020

July 9, 16, and 23, 2020 – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Roeland Park Community Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. More details when catalog is out. Unfortunately cancelled do to COVID-19. Possibly doing it remotely on Zoom. Keep in touch.

Event Detailed Information:


2020 Heartland Family History Conference                        Friday & Saturday, April 3rd & 4th Passports to the Past: Discover Your Family Stories

 The Topeka Genealogical Society is very excited to be able to offer the first annual Heartland Family History Conference!  Although we have been successfully hosting annual genealogy conferences for nearly 50 years, our 2020 Conference will be a landmark event. The need to find a new conference venue this year has presented us with opportunities to grow and expand, and we are making the most of the situation!   A few highlights of  changes coming with the 2020 Conference:

  • Marketing as a regional event with intentional programming to reflect the unique history and cultural diversity of our Central Plains Region
  • Larger event space with more comfortable seating arrangements 
  • Five separate rooms for breakout sessions, with 30 breakout sessions to choose from
  • A diverse array of presentation topics, tailored to varying participant interests and all levels of experience
  • Seated luncheons included in the conference registration, with luncheon programming
  • A larger and separate space for vendors & exhibitors, with ample browsing time built into the conference schedule 
  • Friday evening “Meet & Mingle” Reception included
  • On-site hotel accommodations available at discounted rates

And, of course, we will still be featuring a nationally-known Keynote speaker, drawings for some great door-prizes, and more.  Register early to assure your spot.  You won’t want to miss this one! Registration Is Open! See the Registration Page for Details

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Course detail: OSH256 – Kansas City: The Adoption Hub of America and the Willows Maternity Sanitarium

A well-kept secret, Kansas City was known as the “Adoption Hub of America” in the early- to mid-1900s. Fearing ostracism from society, young women would be sent to live in one of several homes for unwed mothers, deliver their babies, place them for adoption and return home heartbroken. This course will share the reunion of a mother and daughter 66 years after being separated at birth at the Willows Maternity Sanitarium. We will delve into the history of the Willows and dozens of other maternity homes that brought more than 100,000 young women shrouded in secrecy to Kansas City.

 Session Detail:  OC20212F