Johnson County Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

GenealogyKC 2015 Save the Date!

The dates for the annual GenealogyKC conference have been set this year for March 20 & 21, 2015.  Please save the date and mark your calendars.
The organizers are finalizing the classes and schedules, and registration will tentatively open around the first of February.  Free to all.
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MGC Announces Spring Seminar

Finding Your British Isles Ancestors: Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar

This year’s spring seminar on March 7th will feature internationally-known Paul Milner, expert in British Isles research! From 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  hear four of his fascinating lectures: "Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website," "Are You Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers, and Directories for British Isles Research," "Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four," and "Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: The Big Five." Price is $55, catered lunch buffet included. Register via today, as registration is limited. You may pay with a credit card or register as a cash or check ticket and pay the day of the event. For more information, see our website or call us at 816.252.7228.

2015 Brings Changes to Our Meeting Space

The Central Resource Library, where the Johnson County Genealogical Society normally meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, is planning a major remodel during 2015. The library has canceled all meetings during 2015. We have found an alternative meeting space for the year. 
Starting JANUARY  2015 the monthly JCGS Saturday meetings will be held at:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7100 Hadley
Overland Park, KS
The Hadley location is very handy and has plenty of parking. It is just a block east of ANTIOCH on 71st Street on the SOUTH side of the street. We cannot bring in any food or drink!

2015 Annual Seminar Planning Under Way!

George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, webinars, and on cruises and tours.
George Morgan
George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He is co-author, with Drew Smith, of the book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published by McGraw-Hill. George is currently working on the fourth edition of his book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, which will be published by McGraw-Hill in January 2015.
George is past Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and a past officer of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.
George and Drew Smith produce The Genealogy GuysSM podcast on the Internet at It is the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

Free DNA Presentations

The coordinators of Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2014 have made the various presentations available for free on YouTube.  The lectures were sponsored by Family Tree DNA and organized by ISOGG volunteers.  Here is a description of the lectures.  Thanks to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland sponsors, coordinators and presenters. There are more than 30 presentations available and something for everyone.  Take a look. Even if you are not Irish you will learn from these programs!

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 available for you right here. Enjoy! Check out our new LEARNING CENTER section on the LINKS page.

New Database - The Chicago Genealogist

The Chicago Genealogical Society and the Newberry Library have created a new digital collection, the Chicago Genealogist. The online database contains images of the Chicago Genealogist, a quarterly journal published continuously since 1969 by the Chicago Genealogical Society. The easily searchable online collection is free to the public and contains volumes 1-39 (1969-2007).

This collection allows the researcher to search by keyword - a surname, church or school name, Chicago neighborhood, etc., in a way not possible previously. This cooperative effort is accessible through the CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Digital Collections site, where it is one of several collections of interest to genealogists.  

You can learn more on the Newberry Library's web site. The database is available at The Chicago Genealogist .

2014 Seminar

Craig R. ScottThe Seminar is another success story for JCGS!  Your society officers and many, many volunteers have made it a great day. 

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.

What Can WORLDCAT Do For You?

Take a few minutes and visit 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.

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Upcoming Events
Saturday, Feb. 7th
10:00 am
Leawood Library, 117th & Roe
Executive Board Meeting
Monday, Feb. 23rd
7:00 pm
Oak Park Library, 9500 Bluejacket St. Overland Park, KS 66214
All About Johnson County History
Saturday, Feb. 28th
10:00 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 7100 Hadley Overland Park, KS

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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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You may contact us at any time for help with the website.
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