Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
Portrait found in Merriam KS--three children
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

April 22 General Meeting

Our April meeting will feature the presentation: 
REDLINED - Cities, Suburbs, and Segregation  
Johnson County is known today for its suburban communities.  As in suburbs across the country, the postwar rush to own a new home was well-funded by FHA,  VA, and other home mortage programs here.  But these programs were not available to all prospective homebuyers.  By denying mortgages and other funds to certain people and neighborhoods - a policy called redlining - other people and neighborhoods received investment. 
Andrew Gustafson, curator at the Johnson County Museum, will share the history of redlining, suburbanization, residential segregation, and civil rights in Johnson County and the Kansas City area from the Museum's recent special exhibit:  REDLINED - Cities, Suburbs, and Segregation.  Once you learn the history and legacies of redlining, the world around you will never look the same.
Andrew R. Gustafson is the Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson Conty Museum.  In that role he served as the project lead for the Museum's REDLINED exhibit, programming, and exhibit book project, researching for 18 months to create the exhibit and providing more than 90 guided tours of it.  He received his MA in History from the University of Houston, and has been active in the public history field for more than ten years.  He currently serves as President of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.

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JCGS 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, an organizational meeting was held at the Antioch Library to create a genealogical society in Johnson County.  The new society was incorporated under the State Laws of Kansas on December 29, 1972.
The first JCGS monthly meeting was held in January 1973.  This year we celebrated 50 years of operation at our January 28 monthly meeting.  Approximately 92 people attended our January 2023 meeting  --  53 in person and 39 on Zoom.
In the March 1973 Quarterly, Leland Adams, the first of sixteen presidents of JCGS, noted "Genealogy is truly becoming one of the big hobbies in our area, as attested by our membership of 98 Charter Members."
How true his words were!

2023 Program Dates

Jan 28:    Steve NowakWatkins Museum Core Exhibits
Feb 25:    Alice Hoyt Veen --> Finding 'John Johnson': Identifying an ancestor with a common name   
March 11:  Genealogy Day / Open House and Resource Fair
April 22:  Andrew Gustafson  --> Redlined: Cities, Suburbs, and Segregation
May 27:   Heather Jenkins -->  Rich or Poor?  Clue Into Your Ancestor's Financial Well-Being
June 24:  Sam Sagastume  --> Border Wars: The Battle of Morristown, Missouri
July 22:   John Burchill  --> People, Places, and Politics in 1800s Kansas  
Aug 26:   Sarah Bader-King  --> Civil War Medicine: Medical Treatments of the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Sept 30:  Amanda Wahlmeier  --> The Public Library: A Genealogy Hub
Oct 28:   JCGS Annual Seminar
Nov 25:   Pam Miller --> Digging Into Land Records

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. 


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 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.



Upcoming Events
Family Tree Maker
Tuesday, Mar. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Writers Group
Thursday, Apr. 6th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library at 1 p.m.
Legacy Family Tree Users Group
Saturday, Apr. 8th
9:00 am to 12:00 am
Online via Zoom

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