Johnson County Genealogical Society
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March 26 Meeting - MGC

   CheThe Midwest Genealogical Centerryl Lang, MLS, Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, will be with us to discuss what MCG has in store for youthe researcher.  She currently serves as 1st Vice-President of the Missouri State Genealogical Association and belongs to several local genealogy societies.  Ms. Lang obtained her master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas and bachelor degrees in both management and computers from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.
   The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials. Among its many features, MGC houses a uniquely expansive circulating collection and almost completely open stacks. New technology is also a major attribute of the building. Microfilm reader-printers, a self-digitization station, and significant database access allow researchers to use today's technology to assist their investigations.  In any venue like MGC, one of the most valuable resources is the dedicated staff and corps of volunteers. These dedicated people teach classes, introduce first timers to techniques and resources, and help accomplished genealogists when they hit a dead end.
   Join us as Cheryl gives us a 'tour" of this world class repository located right here in the Kansas City area.

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!

GenealogyKC 2015 Registration Now Open

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 their website or call them at 816.252.7228.

Changes at the Central Resource Library

   Changes are taking place during 2015 at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park. These changes will impact all who use the Genealogy Department and its holdings and services. Most of the Central Resource Library will be closed to the public for remodeling and will be inaccessible through the remainder of 2015. This means all genealogy books, periodicals, all newspapers on microfilm, and the volunteers who faithfully staff the Genealogy Desk, will be unavailable.
   What exactly does this mean for the Johnson County Genealogy Society ? As many of you know, the Society has already changed the location of its monthly meetings. During all of 2015, the meetings have been moved from the Carmack Room in the library to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 7100 Hadley in Overland Park. This new temporary meeting space is comfortable and well located, and offers the use of a large screen and projector for presentations. The first meeting held there in January was very well attended, so it looks like everyone got the message.
   In addition, the temporary closing of the library means there is no person available in the library to help genealogists with the use of databases, suggestions for further research, newspaper articles from local newspapers, or with locating local obituaries. No microfilm or film readers/scanners will be available during this time. All of the branch libraries will be open for their regular hours, but none of those has microfilm or film readers.
   However, while you cannot have access to the Genealogy Department for the remainder of 2015, you can still use the library genealogy web page ( from home and from the other branch libraries. If you usually go to the CRL to access the Ancestry Library Edition website, for example, just visit any other branch to do that.
   If you sometimes visit the CRL to get help from a volunteer at the Genealogy Desk, you may want to attend the JCGS monthly meetings and ask for help there, or contact one of the mentors found in the Quarterly publication or through  If you sometimes use to ask a question through the Society, you may continue to do so, but with the understanding that some questions cannot currently be answered if the resource needed is unavailable due to the remodeling.
   Once the remodeling is completed and the CRL is reopened, probably early in 2016, we will be able to enjoy the many changes and improvements in the building. Of special interest to genealogists will be an updated and redesigned Genealogy Department with some very nice improvements.

Topeka Gen Society Celebrates 50 Years

50 Year Celebration
To celebrate, Topeka Genealogical Society is returning to a two-day format for their annual seminar. On Friday, April 24, local experts will present several breakout sessions. Saturday brings Jana Broglin, CG, OGSF, is a native of northwestern Ohio. She is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years of experience. She earned the credential of Certified Genealogist in 2005, and was recognized as a fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 2011. Jana is a past Director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and served for more than 20 years as a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society. In November, 2000 she received the title of Kentucky Colonel for the books she published on Kentucky wills and estates.

Free Videos From RootsTech 2015

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!

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
Finding Your British Isles Ancestors: Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar
Saturday, Mar. 7th
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Midwest Genealogy Center
KC Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Mar. 7th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Olathe Family History Center at 15915 W 143rd St Olathe, Kansas
Executive Board Meeting
Monday, Mar. 23rd
7:00 pm
Oak Park Library, Oak Park Library, 9500 Bluejacket St. Overland Park, KS 66214

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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

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

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