Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
2 children 1890s
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

June 25 General Meeting

Our next meeting will be Saturday June 25 at 10 a.m. - in the Carmack Room at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.
At the meeting, the Johnson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) will host a presentation and discussion by Diana Staresinic-Deane:
Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There
Researching a property, be it an old home, a new business, or a section of pastureland, can do more than tell us the history of that space; it can also build a human connection to the people who came before us and the times in which they lived.  The presentation will share creative ways to study documents and assemble relevant narratives from maps, deeds, newspapers, and other sources.  The discussion will be helpful to those seeking out family and community stories.   
Diana Staresinic-Deane is the Executive Director of Franklin County Historical Society and Old Depot Museum in Ottawa, KS.  She is passionate about collecting, interpreting, and recording local histories.  
Diana Staresinic-Deane's program & discussion is made possible by
JCGS monthly meetings are open to all.  Non-members are welcome to join us in-person.  JCGS members may attend in-person, or as a member benefit, watch via Zoom (a link will automatically be sent to JCGS members a few days before the meeting). 
If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today - see the blue sidebar on the left. 
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June 2022 Issue - Now Available !


Looking Back: JCGS 48 years ago - March 1974

Patriot Societies
The March 1974 Quarterly reported on the JCGS January meeting at the Corinth Library.  The speaker (William R. Pagel) described requirments for membership in some of the  'patriotic societies' that JCGS members might be interested in, including:
  • Mayflower Descendant
  • First Families of Virginia
  • Americans of Royal Descent
  • Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • Holland Society of New York
  • Descendants of Colonial Clergy
1850s Emigration into Kansas
The March 1974 Quarterly featured a summary written by JCGS member William Carmody, about the influx of eastern settlers into territorial Kansas.  As a result of the federal Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1850, Kansas land was especially attractive to non-slaveholders during the decade 1850-1860.  The New England Aid Company offered financial & moral support to prospective Kansas settlers from New England states.  And because this  emigration was sponsored, many records are available to today's genealogist.  These records contain excellent information about early KS families.

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 Back: JCGS 49 years ago - Dec 1973

Pioneer Trails
The December 1973 Quarterly  reported on a presentation given to JCGS about 'pioneer trails'Mabel DeHaven was the presenter.  And a map is included in the Quarterly, showing twenty-two of these trails, nine of which run through portions of Missouri and Kansas.
How many of these trails would you know?  To view the list and the map, go to the Members/Downloads section and get a copy of the December 1973 Johnson County Genealogist Quarterly
Such trails are important to us as genealogists because many of our ancestors likely followed these trails when migrating from eastern US towns and farms to new homes in western states.  Ms. DeHaven suggested two references for a genealogist wanting to know more about 'pioneer trails'.  Here is one of them:
Corinth Congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
The 1861-65 Civil War upended a Westport church.  Members established a new church in Kansas territory, in the woods near today's 69th Street/Mission Road (KS).  When a church building was finally constructed, it featured a door for men and a separate door for women.  That church building was torn down during the 1930s, and a commemorative marker placed on the grounds of the Corinth Cemetery.  Other interesting details, including a list of founding members, can be found in the December 1973 Quarterly article by Shelia Burks (pages 120+).

Genealogy Desk Has Reopened !

The Genealogy Desk at the Johnson County Central Resource Library reopened on Feb 22.   
Margaret Baker, Pam Miller, and Darryl Jerome made up the genealogy desk volunteer team for opening day.

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.


Looking Back: JCGS 49 Years Ago - Sept 1973

The Sept 1973 Quarterly had some interesting articles.    
Emigration from New England
Two emigrant groups from New England states came to Kansas looking for farmable land during the 1855 spring/summer season.  These emigrants arrived in Westport, purchased wagons and oxen, and then struggled west towards Lawence, Topeka, and Manhattan .  The Sept 1973 Quarterly describes some of their accomplishments and disappointments.
Does your family descend from those 1855 homesteaders?  The Sept 1973 Quarterly lists the names of those 1855 emigrants, so check it out!
JCGS Starts a Bicentenial Project
Looking ahead to America's bicentenial year 1976, JCGS leadership started a project to locate and read gravestones in all Johnson County cemeteries.  As a starting point, JCGS decided to search for cemeteries within two proposed flood-control reservoirs to be built inside County boundaries.  JCGS Quarterly Editor Sheryl Burks asked for volunteers from the membership to do cemetery canvassing of pioneer graves in the low areas bordering today's Tomahawk Creek and Indian Creek.  
The proposed Tomahawk Lake Reservoir would have flooded part of present-day Leawood and Overland Park.  The proposed Indian Creek Reservoir would have flooded part of Olathe.  As it turned out, Johnson County voters overwhelmingly rejected this flood-control project in 1975.  Today, Tomahawk Creek and Indian Creek continue to drain undammed into the Blue River and eventually the Missouri River.

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Upcoming Events
Family Tree Maker
Tuesday, Jun. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Writers Group
Thursday, Jul. 7th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library Conference Room 20 at 1 p.m.
Legacy Family Tree Users Group
Saturday, Jul. 9th
9:00 am to 12:00 am
Online via Zoom

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