Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
2 children 1890s
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

February 22 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be February 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Jennifer Audsley-Moore archivist for the National Archives Kansas City will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Broke But Not Out of Luck; Exploring Bankruptcy Records for  Genealogy".  
The course of U.S. history has seen many economic “ups and downs.”  Rich and poor alike have seen their finances crash, and have been left with no option but bankruptcy.  Though many went on to financially successful lives, the rough times left a lasting legacy for the future.  Bankruptcy records contain a wealth of details that can be found in few, if any other place.  The genealogist that discovers an ancestors bankruptcy records can learn what they owned, where they shopped, and which neighbors they borrowed from.  This class will take a look at what bankruptcy records are available, what type of information can be found, and inform on how to research the records.  
Jennifer Audsley-Moore is an archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City. She works with Federal bankruptcy and appellate case files from courts throughout the United States. Jennifer holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in history, and is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science.

Beginning Genealogy Classes

This series of free classes is to help you get started researching your ancestors. The first hour of each class will be lecture and the second half will be you using what you learned on the Learning Lab computers doing your research.
  • Genealogy websites including Ancestry, Family Search, Find-a-Grave and more
  • Search strategies that produce results
  • Organizing your search results
  • Genealogy software programs
  • A trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.
Class size is limited due to the 12 computers in the lab. However, you can bring your own laptops. Send an email to to register with your name, phone number, email address and whether you will be bringing your own laptop or will use one of the lab’s computers.
Thursdays, Mar 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 • 9:30 – 11:30 am
Central Resource Library Learning Lab

Need One-on-One Help?

JCGS volunteers are available Monday - Saturday from 9-5 at the Genealogy Desk at the Johnson County Central Resource Library for general questions.  For those looking for a little extra help with either Basic Genealogy or DNA & Genetic Genealogy we also offer free one-on-one sessions that can be booked in advance.
If you would like to sign up for an appointment please use the appropriate button below to view the available appointment times and make a reservation.  We are currently using SignUpGenius for our reservations, which has ads displayed on their website.  If you would prefer to not use SignUpGenius, you may also email with your requested date and time.
Basic Genealogy sessions are available most Tuesday mornings. This is not for brick wall or advanced research help.
DNA & Genetic Genealogy sessions are available most Friday mornings.


Congratulations to Joyce A. Mitchell

Congratulations to Joyce A. Mitchell, JCGS member, for her first-place award from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. The award-winning article, "Gold Star Mothers Visit Overseas Cemeteries," appeared in the September 2017 quarterly on page 7.
Joyce has been a regular contributor to The Genealogist since 2014. Lately she has researched and written a WWI series, focusing on men from Johnson County who served in that conflict. At other times, she contributes an article just because the topic is of interest to her. In addition to her writing, she works behind the scenes as a proof-reader for the quarterly and spends a lot of time finding the little things we miss, thus making us look good. We were thrilled when we heard she had won an award and are thankful for all her contributions to JCGS.
In honor of her award, the full September 2017 Quarterly is available to everyone by clicking here. Other issues of our Quarterly can be accessed on our website by current members of JCGS.  To become a member, please click here

Using Amazon Smile to Benefit JCGS

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donate money to our society.
We have created a tech tip for you to follow in order to set this up. No gimmicks, just free money for us. It's like picking up loose change. It works exactly like your regular Amazon account but you must log in at Go to the tech tip area found under members here to view the directions.

JCGS Quarterly Wins Award

JCGS Quarterly AwardJCGS received a very nice present in the mail some time ago. Out of the blue, the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies awarded Our Quarterly, The Genealogist, and Darlene Jerome, the editor, with an "Outstanding Genealogy Quarterly" award.
Kudos to our Quarterly crew, Darlene, Joyce Mitchell, and new Co-Editor, Marsha Bennett.


Upcoming Events
Irish Genealogy
Wednesday, Feb. 26th
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Family Tree Maker - Advanced Users
Thursday, Feb. 27th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Thursday, Feb. 27th
10:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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