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.
Welcome to the Johnson County (Kansas) Genealogical Society
 
Are you curious about your ancestors? Have you ever wondered where your family came from and what their lives were like? We are here to help you embark on a journey of discovery!
 
Here's what you'll find on our website:
  • Events and Meetings: Join us for informative lectures, workshops, and social gatherings, where you can connect with other genealogists and share your research experiences while learning. For focused learning, join our Special Interest Groups.
  • Membership: Become a member of our society to gain discounts on seminars, a monthly newsletter, the Zoom link for monthly meetings, and a network of experienced researchers who can assist you on your journey.
  • Forms & Flyers: Explore our collection of online research forms and helpful guides to get you started on your genealogical research. We also offer a link to multiple free databases for researching genealogy offered by JoCo Library.
We invite you to delve into the fascinating world of genealogy! Together, let's unlock the stories of our ancestors and build a lasting legacy for generations to come.
 
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June 22 General Meeting

Our next General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 (Special Date)  at 10 AM in the Carmack Room at the Central Resource Library, and will feature the topic:
 
State Historical Society of Missouri Genealogical Resources
Presented by Whitney Heinzmann
 
 
 “Introduction to the State Historical Society of Missouri”.  The presentation serves to highlight the State Historical Society of Missouri as a local resource available to the community beyond the border of Missouri.  Attendees will learn about the organization and its wide variety of published and unpublished sources, including newspapers, reference, and manuscript collections, as well as how to access these materials.
 
Whitney Heinzmann graduated from the University of Illinois-Springfield with a master's degree in public history and earned a bachelor's degree in history and intercultural studies from Elmhurst University. Heinzmann started at SHSMO as an archivist in May 2016.  Prior to joining SHSMO, Heinzmann worked as the Archives Specialist at the Historical Center of York County, South Carolina, as an Associate Historian at the National World War I Museum for the digitization project Over There:  Missouri and the Great War, and in several different capacities at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.  Heinzmann is currently the Coordinator of the Kansas City Research Center of SHSMO.
 
This JCGS meeting is free, and is open to the public.
 
 
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Learn more about JCGS

Check out the video below to learn more about the Johnson County Genealogical Society and the Genealogy area at the Johnson County Library's Central Resource Branch. 
 
 
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Memory Lab Updates


 
For the most current information on the Memory Lab, please click on the Memory Lab menu tab in the blue column on the left.
 
 


FamilySearch Affiliate Library

The Johnson County Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!  What This means that when you come into any of the library’s 14 branches, you will have access to approximately 400 million images currently unavailablehe public outside of an affiliate library or a FamilySearch center.  
If you have questions about using FamilySearch stop by our Genealogy Desk at the Central Resource Library where you can speak with a helpful volunteer Monday - Saturday from 9-4 pm. 
 
 


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.  If you would prefer to not use SignUpGenius, you may also email libraryvols@jcgsks.org with your requested date and time.
 
Basic Genealogy sessions are available most Tuesday mornings. Sessions are in-person at the Central Resource Library unless Zoom is requested. 
This is not for brick wall or advanced research help.
 
 
 
DNA & Genetic Genealogy sessions are available most Friday mornings.
 
 
 

 

 
 

Upcoming Events
Family Tree Maker
Tuesday, Jun. 25th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Irish Research Group
Wednesday, Jun. 26th
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library, Conference Room 20
Creating Digital Albums
Thursday, Jun. 27th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Central Resource Library, Conference Room 20

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Need Help?
You may contact us at any time for help using the website. info@jcgsks.org
JCGS web team