Johnson County Genealogical Society
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.

Walk-ins Welcome at the Seminar

If you have not had a chance to register for the Annual Seminar don't panic. We'd still love to have you participate and there will be folks at the registration table to sign you up. We have some fantastic door prizes. Ancestry has donated a one year  World Access membership, a one year subscription to Fold3, a year subscription to and the software for Family Tree Maker.  Family Tree DNA has donated a Y-DNA kit.  These will be well worth your admission fee!

October 25 Seminar Closing In

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.

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 LDS Church
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!

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 .

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
Executive Board Meeting
Monday, Oct. 20th
7:00 pm
Picard Room, Central Resource Library
2014 Annual Seminar
Saturday, Oct. 25th
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
The Ritz Charles, Overland Park
Kansas City Area Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Nov. 1st
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Olathe Family History Center, 15915 W. 143rd St., Olathe, 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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