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.

January 25 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be January 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Kim Alberg will be our presenter, and the topic will be "How to Date Old Photographs".
Most genealogists have a box full of unidentified photographs, usually passed down from generation to generation. Dating your photographs can possibly help you identify who the people are and where they were. We will give you tips on using items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken.
Kim Alberg is a Genealogy Research Associate at the Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) in Independence, Missouri.  A genealogy enthusiast since her early childhood, Kim blends her passion for genealogy with her 39 years of classroom instruction to assist and educate MGC customers seeking to learn more about their heritage.
Born in Illinois, Kim is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Education, and certifications in elementary, middle school, secondary social studies, and gifted education.
Prior to joining the staff at MGC, she taught 31 years in the Blue Springs school system and an additional 8 years at William Jewell College and Blue River Community College.  She is an active member of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church, an avid traveler, and a proud grandmother of 2-year old with whom she spends as much time as possible. 

Beginning Genealogy Classes

This series of free classes is to help you get started researching your ancestors. The first hour of each class will be lecture and the second half will be you using what you learned on the Learning Lab computers doing your research.
  • Genealogy websites including Ancestry, Family Search, Find-a-Grave and more
  • Search strategies that produce results
  • Organizing your search results
  • Genealogy software programs
  • A trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.
Class size is limited due to the 12 computers in the lab. However, you can bring your own laptops. Send an email to to register with your name, phone number, email address and whether you will be bringing your own laptop or will use one of the lab’s computers.
Thursdays, Mar 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 • 9:30 – 11:30 am
Central Resource Library Learning Lab

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

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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 - Advanced Users
Tuesday, Jan. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Thursday, Jan. 30th
10:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Feb. 1st
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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