Riley County Genealogical Society

About the Society

The Riley County Genealogical Society (RCGS) was established in 1963 as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research.  
We welcome beginners and help them get started. Our experienced researchers will search our records for those not able to visit our library.  There is a fee of course for this service.  We welcome researchers with special interests and encourage them to share their knowledge with others. We hold classes for small and large groups.  Monthly meetings are free and open to the public. 
Our Mission:
  • Provide educational and research opportunities for genealogy and family history researchers, and
  • Maintain a genealogical research library, and collect, preserve and publish genealogical and historical records for Riley County and surrounding area.
We provide:
  • A genealogy research room housing a collection of books, family histories, genealogy periodicals, and RCGS publications. 
  • Knowledgable staff available to assist you with your research.
  • Subscription based genealogy websites are available for your use.
  • Workshops, help sessions, and classes on genealogical topics. Watch for details on our website, in the local newspapers and flyers in the library.
Member Benefits 
  • Access to the Society's Members Only Website with member user name and private password.  
  • Approximately 1,284,000 local area surnames available for online researching.
  • RCGS published books and newspaper abstracts, early marriage records, probate records and naturalization records are available online.
  • Free queries on surnames other members are researching.
  • Two Pedigree Charts per family membership.
  • Subscription to the Kansas Kin periodical published by RCGS.
  • FYI Newsletters.
  • Genealogy classes at no charge.
  • One hour free research will be done for new out of town members.
  • Free use of the Library with librarians and computer assistants to help with questions.
  • Keep in touch with Society business by reading Board of Directors meeting minutes and Financial Reports online.
Surname List:
  • Members are invited to submit a listing of surnames they are researching for display in the Member Surname Directory on our website.
  • Surnames and places are spelled exactly as specified by members.  Multiple spellings may be shown.
  • RCGS members reply directly to the email requestor who asked for the information.  Members remain anonymous until they reply to a request for information.

Operating Year: January - December 2024

Board Members
President: Ginny Petersen
Vice President: Charlene Brownson
Corresponding Secretary: Virginia Beddow
Recording Secretary: Marilyn Corbin
Treasurer: Patrick Gormely
Past President: Barry Harwell Michie
Building & Grounds Coordinator: James Pat Murphy
Computer Support Coordinator: Ginny Petersen
Historian: Darlene Hagen
Membership Coordinator: Charlotte Shawver
Publications Coordinator: Jan Lange
Public Relations Coordinator: James R. Beck
Library Coordinator: Marilyn Kirkelie
FGS & KCGS Representative: Joan H. Smith
Financial Advisory Coordinator: Patrick Gormely
FYI Editor: Doreen D Towne
Kansas Kin Editor: Judy Regehr