Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
Portrait found in Merriam KS--three children
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

April 26 Meeting

Using DNA to Solve Mysteries in Your FamilyMary Fern Souder
Mary Fern Souder
   Combining DNA results with the paper trails of traditional genealogy is a hot topic. Join us to hear how Dr. Souder has used DNA to validate her genealogical research. Having inherited records and stories from her mother and both grandmothers, she has been building a genetic profile of all of her ancestors over the last twelve years.
   Dr. Souder has been a volunteer surname administrator with FTDNA, the leading Genetic Genealogy laboratory in the world, from its inception in 2002.  We will have information available to help you decide if you would like to pursue this avenue of investigation. Be your own CSI!
Guests are always welcomed!

Swedish Side Notes

The March meeting was all about Swedish and Scandinavian Research. Lauri Jean Swett shared her expertise by first - as we tell all beginning Dalarna Horsegenealogists - start with yourself and go back.  Find those folks here and then follow the trail back. To find the Scandinavians you have to wrestle with surnames and parishes.
With some experience looking for Swedes, I might also recommend the Swensen Research Center at Augustana College. They have access to the Swedish databases and are very nice people to deal with. They do charge for their services but they are also experienced in knowing just what to look for.
Here's another thought - a Swedish TV program that wants Americans with Swedish roots for a real-time competition/genealogy show.  It's a hoot. I ran across this on You Tube.  Read more about it at their website. Look for The Great Swedish Adventure.

RootsTech 2014 Videos Available

Did you not get to go to Salt Lake City in February?  Relax. You can view many of the sessions right at home. RootsTech has made these avaiable for you right here. Enjoy! Check out our new LEARNING CENTER section on the LINKS page.

Colonial American Records Project

Harvard University announces a massive long term plan to digitize millions of Colonial records. They can describe it best -  go to COLONIAL RECORDS at their website for the whole story.

Save the Date! October 25, 2014

JohnsonCraig Scott County Genealogical Society is proud to present our speaker for 2014. Craig R. Scott, CG, is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 4,200 titles in print. A researcher for more than twenty-six years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, problem solving and publishing. He has been lecturing steadily since 1990 at local, state, and national levels. He has coordinated lecture tracks at IGHR and SLIG. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award by APG in 2008 and the UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009.The seminar will be held at the Ritz Charles again this year.
Craig Scott, MA, CG
Certified genealogist, publisher, and popular speaker.

What Can WORLDCAT Do For You?

Take a few minutes and viisit the genealogy orientation page for Worldcat, the online, worldwide library catalogue. WorldCat provides information about library materials, where they are available and links to digitized versions of library materials. WorldCat is the world’s largest bibliographic database. It contains information about more than 210 million items owned by 10,000 libraries around the world. Constant growth makes WorldCat a rich resource for genealogists who seek primary source materials.

JoCo Library Adds New Database

A new database has been added to the Johnson County Library genealogy webpage. Genealogy Connect is a new resource added by the State Library of Kansas.  This database offers nearly 600 searchable publications at this time with more to come in the future. At the library it is found on the page with the other databases.
You will also be able to access this website from home just as you do with Heritage Quest where you will be asked to enter your card and pin number for access. This new database is only available to libraries and not to individuals and there is no charge since you access it through the library website in the library or at home. This database is composed of books published by (Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company) and is primarily a reference book collection. 

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Upcoming Events
Executive Board Meeting
Monday, Apr. 21st
7:00 pm
Parks/Paretsky Room, Central Resource Library
St. Louis Family History Conference
Saturday, Apr. 26th
St. Louis, MO
Topeka Geneaogical Society Annual Conference with Curt Witcher
Saturday, Apr. 26th
7:45 am to 4:00 pm
Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6 th St., Topeka, KS

Positions available on JCGS Quarterly
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Our neighbor Wyandotte County
New link under Kansas City Area Libraries
Trowbridge Research Library & Archives

Genealogy in Time Magazine
Link to the Most Recent Genealogy Records for the United States. Go to the LINKS page on the left menu and look for it under RESOURCES

Go to our LINKS page and find a new section on DNA. If you have more suggestions let us know.

Need Forms?
The Midwest Genealogical Library has pdf forms that you can download and fill in on your computer. Most of the forms that you find out there are just downloadable forms that you print out and write on. Go look under RESOURCES on our LINKS page.

Great Value!
Ever want to know what $1,000 in 1860 is worth today? Go check out MEASURING WORTH under RESOURCES on our LINKS page.

On the EVENTS and LINKS pages you can easily sort the listings. At the top of each page is a drop down box. Open the box and you will find the categories from which to choose! You can find what you are looking for quickly.

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