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.

July 28th Meeting

Our next meeting will be July 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Sheri Volpe will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Finding your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records".
Finding your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records:  If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this presentation will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them.
Sheri Volpe is a Genealogy Reference Associate II at the Midwest Genealogy Center.  She has been with MGC since 2014 specializing in Italian and Irish research.  A genealogist for over 20 years, Sheri has worked with U.S., Italian, and Irish records.  She teaches classes at MGC in Italian records and Irish records research, among others.  She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Society for American Archivists, American Library Association, and the Ellis Island Foundation.

July - DNA & Genetic Genealogy Group

On Wednesday, July 18th, at 2:00 p.m. the DNA Special Interest Group of the Johnson County Genealogical Society will meet in the Carmack room of the Central Resource Library.

While we had originally planned to discuss working with AncestryDNA this month, we have decided to save that topic until our August meeting (scheduled at 1:00 pm, after the general JCGS meeting on August 25th), hopefully allowing more people to attend.
Instead, for July's meeting our topic will be Y-DNA, including the following:
  - Who can take a Y-DNA test?
  - Which level of testing should you select?
  - Working with matches
  - STR Results & Genetic Distance
  - SNPs & Haplogroups
  - Y-DNA Surname Projects
Although Y-DNA tests only trace direct paternal lines (and likewise can only be taken by men), it can be one of the fastest ways to break through a difficult brick wall.  Even if you can't take a test yourself, this meeting will help you determine who in your family tree to consider for Y-DNA testing, and help you understand the results.
The second part of the meeting will be a time for group members to ask questions and get help with any other DNA related issues they are working on.
Our DNA special interest group is for anyone who is interested in using genetic genealogy to help further their family history research.  Whether you are just starting to think about taking a DNA test, or have already tested yourself, your great aunt, and a dozen fourth cousins twice removed, this group is for you!  
If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to  If you forget to RSVP it is still okay to attend, but this really helps us know the number of handouts to create and how many chairs and tables to set up.  Help with chair & table set up and removal is always greatly appreciated if you are able to arrive a half hour early or stay a few minutes later.

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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Upcoming Events
Family Tree Maker - Advanced Users
Thursday, Aug. 23rd
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Sep. 1st
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Sep. 6th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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