Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
Hackman wedding 1940
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

March 23 Special Skill-Building Seminar

The Johnson County Genealogy Society is presenting a special program for anyone interested in genealogy on March 23, 2024. This event will be held in the Carmack Room at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 87th and Farley, Overland Park, Kansas. The meeting is free and open to all. 
Topics and presenters are as follows:
  • Have the Last Word – Write Your Own Obituary by Darlene Jerome
Margaret Atwood said, “In the end, we’ll all become stories.” An obituary is simply a summary of your life story. Who would be better to write it than the person that lived it? How do you want to be remembered? Give the readers a window into your life: family, career, hobbies, passions, etc. 
  • Genealogy & DNA Knowledge Assessment by Susan Mundt
This will be a fun exercise to determine your genealogy knowledge. You may know more than you think you do!
  • Lineage Societies: Where History Meets Genealogy
This session will provide a panel with representatives from three of the most well-known lineage societies: the Mayflower Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Each panelist will provide an overview of their organization and what resources are available to the public for genealogy resources free of charge. Learn what research and documentation is required before membership and why that membership matters to you and future generations. Moderated by Marsha Bennett.  The panelists are: 
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Kimberly Patrick
The Mayflower Society
Bryan Jones, Historian
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
Dewey Fry

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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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. 

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
Writing Group
Thursday, Mar. 7th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library at 1 p.m. and on Zoom
Legacy Family Tree Users Group
Saturday, Mar. 9th
9:00 am to 12:00 am
Online via Zoom
General Research Group
Tuesday, Mar. 12th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library, Conference Room 4

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