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.
JCGS meetings are open to all.  For a list of our upcoming meetings and how to receive the Zoom link, click here.

July 24, 2021 Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 a.m.  Announcements will begin at 9:45 a.m.  This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Mary Risseeuw is our presenter and the topic will be "Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Female Ancestors". 
Women throughout U.S. history have ‘lost their identity’ by taking their husband’s name when they married. Prior to the 20th century, most historical records were written about and for men. This discussion will help you identify the varieties of source material that can help you break through that brick wall. You will also learn the many reasons why women are harder to trace and how legal and social status affected this. In examining lesser used sources – including ephemera such as letters and diaries – you can unlock your female ancestor’s identity.
Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer.  She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the Midwest and the Netherlands.  She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies.
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today!  If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, you may register online here.  


Other 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. 


Looking for a quick and timely summary of what's going on with JCGS?  Our new Weekly Word email is just what you need!  Sent out every Wednesday to our current members, it is filled with the latest details on SIG meetings, Zoom tips, special event announcements and helpful genealogy resources. If you are not receiving it, you can join JCGS online here


Need One-on-One Help?

Note: Regularly scheduled in-library Genealogy Desk help hours are not currently available due to Covid-19.  However, we are continuing to offer one-on-one help via Zoom.  Please use the links below if you would like to sign-up for an online help session.
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.


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.


Upcoming Events
Family Tree Maker
Tuesday, Jul. 27th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Thursday, Jul. 29th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Mailing List
If you are a current member or are joining JCGS you will automatically receive the email notices and do not have to sign up here. This sign up is for visitors.
Subscribe to our mailing list

Need Help?
You may contact us at any time for help with the website.
JCGS web team