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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August 5
First-Friday RCGS Members-only Class
First-Friday RCGS Members-only Class This class meets the first Friday of every month.
August 14
How to Use Roots Magic
The Riley County Genealogical Society is pleased to host a presentation by Dick Akins about how to use RootsMagic.   RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for ...
September 17
Personal Digital Archiving
Personal Digital Archiving  Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board member (and K-State university archivist) Cliff Hight will present "Personal Digital Archiving." Sponsored by Riley County Genealogical Society.  The meeting is focused on the archiving of materials that have already been digitized.  
October 9
Who do you think you are? If your genes could speak, Jay Nelson....
RCGS researchers have looked into the distant past of a Manhattanite's family.  Jay Nelson's genealogical past will be featured.  Come hear the fascinating story that can be traced back to the 1500's -- including a Dutch grain merchant, a foster family, and other colorful characters. ...