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

COVID-19 Update

Update March 23, 2020:

The Johnson County Library has made the decision to close through April 23.  We will continue to update as we know more.  
Originally posted March 12, 2020:
Due to the COVID-19 developments, the Johnson County Library has made the decision to cancel all programs and events through March 31.  Although the library plans to remain open at this time, the use of meeting and study rooms are suspended, and all volunteers are instructed not to report for duty.  

What this means for Johnson County Genealogical Society is that all special interest group meetings and one-on-one help sessions are also cancelled through the end of March. Genealogy desk volunteers will not be on duty.  We do not have a regular meeting scheduled for March.  

We will send out an update regarding April activities once we know more. You may also visit the Johnson County Library 
website for regular updates about Library services or call 913-826-4600

Please stay safe and healthy!

National Genealogy Day Open House & Resource Fair

Connect to your past at the National Genealogy Day and Resource Fair to be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park.  It will be a day filled with workshops, exhibits, resource information packets, local genealogy groups and one-on-one assistance.  Keynote genealogy speakers include Beth Foulk whose topic is If only I’d Known, Mistakes to avoid when you begin building your family tree, and Angela Fields on the topic of Which DNA Test should I take?
There will be workshops on, Family Search, Family Tree Maker, and Legacy Family Tree. Midwest Genealogy Center representatives will share information on one of the largest genealogy libraries in the county and how their records can help with ancestor searches.
Members of various military and ethnic genealogy groups, lineage societies (such as Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution) will be available to share resources and help with family research questions.
Last year more than 500 people attended the first National Genealogy Day. The event is free and open to the public with no registration needed and is sponsored by the Johnson County Genealogical Society and the Johnson County Library. For more information call (913) 826-4600 or visit 
To view a schedule of events, click here

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

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.


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