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 Annual Seminar

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our annual seminar on Saturday, October 28th with Katherine R. Willson as our featured speaker!
For more information and the registration link, please click here.


Beginning Classes in September

      JCGS will again be offering Beginning Genealogy Classes in September and October. Anyone is welcome to attend. Pam Miller is the instructor. 

Topics covered: 
  • Tips from the book Practical Genealogy by Brian Sheffey will be covered, including:
    • Fundamentals of Research
    • Getting Started
    • Organizing Your Search and Your Information
  • Genealogy Websites:, FamilySearch, and many others
  • Genealogy Software Programs
  • Thursdays, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, & Oct 5, 2023 
  • In-person: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  • The second hour is personal research time with assistance available. You can bring your own laptop or check out one from the library to use while you are there.
  • Trip to Midwest Genealogy Center on Oct. 12th. You don't have to take the classes to participate in the trip to Midwest Genealogy Center. 
The classes will be held in person at the Johnson County Central Resource Library located at 87th & Farley in Overland Park, Kansas.

If you are interested, send an email to with your name, email address, and phone number. 


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. 

Obituary Requests

If you submitted an obituary request in June or July and did not receive a response, please resubmit it and we will get back to you ASAP.  
Due to a glitch in our email forwarding system we did not receive it.   

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

We have some fantastic news to share.  The Johnson County Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!  What this means is that when you come into any of the library’s 14 branches you will have access to approximately 400 million images that are currently not available to the 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. 

2023 Program Dates

Jan 28:    Steve Nowak - Watkins 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 - Letha's Legacy: A  Story of Intergenerational Trauma
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 16:  Amanda Wahlmeier & Hope Harms - The Public Library: A Genealogy Research Hub
Oct 28:   JCGS Annual Seminar - Katherine R. Willson
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
Creating Digital Albums
Thursday, Sep. 28th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Central Resource Library, Conference Room 20
Writing Group
Thursday, Oct. 5th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library at 1 p.m. and on Zoom
Roots Magic Group
Saturday, Oct. 7th
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

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