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

June 27 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m.  This meeting will be held via Zoom.   Dan Earl will be our presenter, and the topic will be "AncestARRRS! The Life and Records of the Atlantic Pirate". 
Ahoy mateys! Were yer ancestors land lubbers or did they be pirates? Even if your ancestors weren’t pirates, their lives would have been affected by Atlantic piracy. This presentation covers the history of piracy in North America and how it affected trade from Halifax to Spanish Main. This presentation also looks at the types of records that exist because of piracy.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the history of piracy in North American and which groups it drew from in North America, Europe, and Africa.
  • Learn how piracy affected the lives of everyday people in major ports from Halifax to Port Royal.
  • Learn the types of records that exist because of piracy, including court records and how to find them
Daniel Earl lives in Michigan. He got his start in family history at age 10 when his father took him to the grave of his great-grandfather; that sparked a lifetime of interest in family history. Dan has spent the last 25 years researching his own family history and helping others make history a part of their story. You can find his website at:
Working with the recommended security settings for Zoom, a unique meeting link and password will be required to access this meeting.  Our society's combined members, friends and visitors email lists include over 700 people, so to maintain virtual meeting security, login details will be sent out a few days in advance only to our list of currently active members (those who have paid their 2020 dues).  
Our general meetings still remain free and open to all, so if you are not a current member and would like to attend please email before Thursday June, 25th  to request the Zoom meeting link and password.  

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

COVID-19 Update

Update March 23, 2020:

The Johnson County Library has made the decision to close through April 23.  We will continue to update as we know more.  
Originally posted March 12, 2020:
Due to the COVID-19 developments, the Johnson County Library has made the decision to cancel all programs and events through March 31.  Although the library plans to remain open at this time, the use of meeting and study rooms are suspended, and all volunteers are instructed not to report for duty.  

What this means for Johnson County Genealogical Society is that all special interest group meetings and one-on-one help sessions are also cancelled through the end of March. Genealogy desk volunteers will not be on duty.  We do not have a regular meeting scheduled for March.  

We will send out an update regarding April activities once we know more. You may also visit the Johnson County Library 
website for regular updates about Library services or call 913-826-4600

Please stay safe and healthy!

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.  We are currently using SignUpGenius for our reservations, which has ads displayed on their website.  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.


Congratulations to Joyce A. Mitchell

Congratulations to Joyce A. Mitchell, JCGS member, for her first-place award from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. The award-winning article, "Gold Star Mothers Visit Overseas Cemeteries," appeared in the September 2017 quarterly on page 7.
Joyce has been a regular contributor to The Genealogist since 2014. Lately she has researched and written a WWI series, focusing on men from Johnson County who served in that conflict. At other times, she contributes an article just because the topic is of interest to her. In addition to her writing, she works behind the scenes as a proof-reader for the quarterly and spends a lot of time finding the little things we miss, thus making us look good. We were thrilled when we heard she had won an award and are thankful for all her contributions to JCGS.
In honor of her award, the full September 2017 Quarterly is available to everyone by clicking here. Other issues of our Quarterly can be accessed on our website by current members of JCGS.  To become a member, please click here

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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