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.

October 23 General Meeting

Our October meeting was held via Zoom.  Pam Vestal presented "Writing Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read". 
In her presentation, Pam noted that part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love.  With good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers.  
Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and lecturer from Oregon whose research extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest, with clients all over the U.S. and research that reaches beyond our borders. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy.  Since then, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS’s Forum magazine, and her lectures take her from coast to coast.
A summary of Pam's presentation is available to all JCGS members.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, please email us at


JCGS Goes On The Road

The Johnson County Genealogical Society is taking its show on the road. Since the Johnson County Central Resource Library and genealogy desk are closed for the remainder of the year due to remodeling, the society will be offering several drop-in events at other library locations. This will give the community the opportunity to stop by and visit with a Johnson County Genealogical Society member. JCGS volunteers will be available with laptops to answer questions on how to get started, provide suggestions for finding relatives, and information on resources that can help break through a brick wall. Free resource kits will be available, and information will be provided about databases that can be accessed at the library and from home computers. These drop-in genealogy events are free with no appointment or registration required. Stop by with your genealogy questions and share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors who might need some help getting started.
Available at the following Johnson County Library locations:‚Äč
  • Saturday, November 20 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood


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 Monthly Memo 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.  
Note: no one-on-one sessions will be held December 2021.
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
Thursday, Oct. 28th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
In-person @ Lenexa Library Room 2
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Nov. 4th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Tuesday, Nov. 9th
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

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