Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
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JCGS meetings are open to all.  For a list of our upcoming meetings and how to receive the Zoom link, click here.


September 25 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m.  Announcements will begin at 9:45 a.m.  This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Renate Yarborough Sanders is our presenter and the topic will be "Researching Ancestors of Color".  

This session is specific to researching ancestors of color, to include formerly enslaved and free people of color. Participants learn which record types and web sites are most helpful in this type of research and how to extract data about people of color from various document types.
Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. She is the author of two blogs: “Into the LIGHT”, which focuses on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest.  Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database, in which she publishes vital data extracted from funeral programs. Renate is a member of several national and community genealogical and historical societies. She is a panelist on BlackProGen LIVE, an online live show presenting topics of interest for people researching ancestors of color and co-hosts a YouTube series, “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy,” which focuses on topics specific to North Carolina research. 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today!  All are welcome, so if you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please email us at by Thursday September 23. We will respond on Friday September 24 (before midnight) with with the meeting information and link.


Beginning Genealogy Classes

Interested in learning your family’s story? Ready to get started? This is the class for you. The focus will be on the basics of effective searching, recording, and organizing what you find. Genealogy websites and software programs will also be discussed. Classes will be 10-11:30 a.m. on Sept 16, Sept 23, and Sept 30 via Zoom. An in-person trip to Midwest Genealogy Center is planned on Thursday, Oct. 7, if tours have resumed. Presented by JCGS instructor Pam Miller. To sign up or for questions, send an email with your name, phone number and email address to


JCGS Goes On The Road

The Johnson County Genealogical Society is taking its show on the road. Since the Johnson County Central Resource Library and genealogy desk are closed for the remainder of the year due to remodeling, the society will be offering several drop-in events at other library locations. This will give the community the opportunity to stop by and visit with a Johnson County Genealogical Society member. JCGS volunteers will be available with laptops to answer questions on how to get started, provide suggestions for finding relatives, and information on resources that can help break through a brick wall. Free resource kits will be available, and information will be provided about databases that can be accessed at the library and from home computers. These drop-in genealogy events are free with no appointment or registration required. Stop by with your genealogy questions and share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors who might need some help getting started.
Available at the following Johnson County Library locations:
  • Saturday, September 18, – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monticello Library, 22435 W 66th St., Shawnee
  • Saturday October 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gardner Library, 137 E Shawnee St., Gardner
  • Saturday, November 20 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood


Other Upcoming Events

We have a wide variety of events happening every month at JCGS.  From Monthly Meetings to Special Interest Groups to Genealogy Treehouse Chats, we're sure you'll find something that may be of interest to you. 


Looking for a quick and timely summary of what's going on with JCGS?  Our Monthly Memo email is just what you need!  Sent out every Wednesday to our current members, it is filled with the latest details on SIG meetings, Zoom tips, special event announcements and helpful genealogy resources. If you are not receiving it, you can join JCGS online here


Need One-on-One Help?

Note: Regularly scheduled in-library Genealogy Desk help hours are not currently available due to Covid-19.  However, we are continuing to offer one-on-one help via Zoom.  Please use the links below if you would like to sign-up for an online help session.
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.  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.


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.


Upcoming Events
Thursday, Sep. 23rd
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
In-person @ Lenexa Library Room 2
Family Tree Maker
Tuesday, Sep. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom

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