Riley County Genealogical Society
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Education is our game. As a genealogical society education plays a key role in the purpose of the society. 
  • Our society holds monthly meetings with expert speakers in various fields.  
  • Several RCGS volunteers give classes at Manhattan Public Library, UFM and the Genealogy Library. 
  • Classes range from Beginning Genealogy to Building a Family Tree with Grandparents. 
  • Spring class covers, Genealogy Essentials, Sources, Timelines, Organization, Cemetery Research and Preservation.
  • We participate in Manhattan Public Library Tech Tuesday series.  Participants learn latest Internet Research techniques and resources. 
  • We teach and help with genealogy software. 
A visit to our library will introduce you to our librarians and computer assistants.  They are there to help you with your research using Internet and library resources.  We have a wealth of information about Riley County and it’s surrounding counties and the families who settled here.
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April 29
Annual Clean-up Day at Platt House
All members are invited to help clean up at the Platt House.  Help spruce up our beautiful property. Bring tools for outside or inside cleanup -- from rakes to cleaning cloths! Sue Smith would like help in preparing the rose arbor for painting. If the weather is good we can ...
May 9
Genealogy Essentials: Offered by UFM Community Learning Center
May 9:   Genealogy Essentials: Preservation  May 21: Genealogy Essentials: Cemetery Research   See UFM Catalog for complete description and enrollment information wconnect/QuickSearch.awp    
May 15
History of the Newspapers in Manhattan. Kansas - Edward Seaton
History of the Newspapers in Manhattan Kansas   Edward Seaton, 73, is chairman of Seaton Publishing Company, owner of The Manhattan Mercury, and helps oversee eleven other Seaton-owned daily newspapers and broadcast stations. Edward Seaton is the third generation Seaton with The Mercury and has worked at the paper since 1969.   ...
June 12
The Early History of the Flush Community and the Early Settlers by Sy Ekart
Sy Ekart grew up in the Flush community in 1931-1943.  He is the descendant of several early settlers: Michael Anton Repp a 1854 settler, John Joseph Umscheid an 1861 settler, John Ekart a 1866 settler -John’s brother George was an 1858 settler, and George Riat a 1860 settler.   Sy ...