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.

February 23rd General Meeting

Our next meeting will be February 23, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Elizabeth Burnes from the National Archives at Kansas City will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Immigrant Records: More Than Just Ship Passenger Arrival Lists".
The breadth of immigration records available online and in archives can seem overwhelming.  This session will identify what original records you can find at the National Archives and what you can discover online.  Records discussed will range from passport applications, naturalization documents, passenger arrival lists, and more!   Attendees will discover how immigration laws have changed over time and how the records that exist have been impacted by those laws; understand the different types of records available through the National Archives; and learn how to get started with research.
Elizabeth Burnes is an Archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City who serves as the lead archivist for Alien Files (A-Files) reference.  Prior to joining the National Archives staff she held positions at Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri History Museum, Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in History at Truman State University, and a Master’s degree in History and Museum Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

National Genealogy Day Open House & Resource Fair

Saturday, March 9, 2019
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS
Drop in for a day of discovery as you begin or continue your family research journey.
  • Learn about library and genealogical society resources, both in-house and online.
  • Pick up a Genealogy Starter Kit with forms and information that can help you get started in the search for your relatives.
  • Get one-on-one help with your family history in the Learning Lab from experienced genealogist.
  • Attend informative 45-minute sessions on Let’s Start at the Beginning; Ancestry DNA Explained; What is WikiTree and How to Use it; Getting the Most From Find-a-Grave.
  • Tour the genealogy area of the library.
  • Visit with organizations on what they can offer to help in genealogy research.
  • Visit JCGS genealogy group exhibits; learn about genealogy software programs; and see Fruits of their Research displays with examples of family histories, pedigree charts, stories and scrapbooks.
  • Prize drawings and light refreshments.
Free and open to the public.
Registration recommended at
Sponsored by the Johnson County Genealogical Society and the Johnson County Central Resource Library.

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
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Feb. 21st
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Family Tree Maker - Advanced Users
Thursday, Feb. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Mar. 2nd
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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