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.

August 22 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 22th at 10:00 a.m.  This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Deborah Heffley will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Digging Into... Find A Grave”.
Find A Grave is more than a simple search engine. Besides being a collection of memorial pages, there are many layers of functions and information that are often overlooked. It contains a wealth of information for genealogists and is recognized as such by Some of the topics about the Find A Grave website to be covered include: Its founding and purpose; various search methods; how to request photos; how to contribute to a page; photography tips; how to use the GPS function; exploring the pre-sorted categories of gravesites; creating virtual cemeteries of your own; where to find messages, photo requests, and tutorials. 
Deborah Heffley is a professional genealogist with over 50 years of personal genealogy research experience. Three years ago, she discovered the virtual cemetery world of the website, Find A Grave. Discovering over 300 requests for gravesite photos in Johnson County Memorial Gardens, she became a member and volunteer photography contributor to the website. She has since contributed photographs to 513 individual memorial pages and continues to monitor the requests specific to Johnson County Memorial Gardens in Overland Park, KS. As a presenter, she brings 40 years of teaching experience, with 20 years in teaching technology skills, to explaining the use and navigation of the online database known as
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 by Thursday August, 20th 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


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.


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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