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.

May 26th Meeting

Our next meeting will be May 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Pam Miller will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Using Historic Maps for Genealogy".
The opportunity to own land was a key motivator to our ancestors leaving their native lands to come to America. Maps are a key resource to learn more about and understand your family. Maps that were created that show the names of our ancestors. Learn about the variety of maps that show land ownership. Finally, it is important to look beyond the names to the community that surrounded them.
Pam’s mother fostered an interest in family history from a young age. In about 1995, her son was growing up which meant more time for her interests. Genealogy became a hobby that she enjoyed during school and summer vacations. In 2012, Pam retired from teaching so she set about the building her background knowledge through online classes from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is also a graduate of ProGen19.  Pam is very active in the Johnson County Genealogy Society where she teaches classes, gives talks and volunteers at our library’s genealogy desk. Her other interests are reading, time with family and friends, hiking and traveling.

1915 JoCo Census Indexing Project

The JCGS Publications committee is working on an indexing project for the 1915 Johnson County Census and we need your help to finish the project.  
What Would I Be Doing?  Indexers look at a photocopy of the online census and type the pertinent information into an Excel spreadsheet on your computer. The spreadsheets have already been created and there are detailed directions for every field in the spreadsheet. Familiarity with Excel is beneficial.
Is it hard? The hardest part of the project is reading some of the handwriting used by census takers. We only index exactly what is written on the page – we do not research to clarify the information. Nor do we correct mistakes in the census such as spelling of names, etc.
How can I sign up? If you are interested in helping us, please email Loretta Hower at to sign up or if you have any questions on the project.
The Johnson County Genealogy Society has already completed and published the indexed Johnson County census for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905 and 1925.

Using Amazon Smile to Benefit JCGS

Amazon Smile BannerWe are unveiling a great new idea for JCGS. With no extra effoert at all you can now have AMAZON
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.

You Made My Day!

You Made My Day Volunteer Appreciation Card
JCGS has the best volunteers around.  Every aspect of our operation is created, designed, and carried out by volunteers. On the Genealogy Desk at the Central Library sits a neat new box with little cards on the side for recognition of those volunteers.  We do this work because we love it and community service is our middle name but, you know, it's always a delight to hear a nice word or two for the effort.  Next time you are in the Genealogy area maybe go look for the box and if someone has really made your day - let us know so we can let THEM know.  You can also just drop us a line. Happy genealogy hunting! 

Videos Available From Roots Tech 2018

The Roots Tech conference was another smashing success this last February. Did you know that many video recordings are now ready for you to watch at home and they are free. Hop on over to and look for the content that you would like to see.

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Upcoming Events
RootsMagic User Group
Saturday, Jun. 2nd
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Jun. 2nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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Relatedness Calculator
Ever wondered how you're related to your half-cousin? How about your great uncle? And what is a second cousin twice removed, anyway? Ask the relatedness calculator. Check it out under RESOURCES on the LINKS page.

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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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.

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