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.

March 23rd General Meeting

Our next meeting will be March 23, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Cheryl Lang from the Midwest Genealogy Center will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Tell Me A Story". 
The Midwest Genealogy Center of Mid-Continent Public Library developed an oral history program called “Tell Me A Story” to help folks record family stories, veteran memories, or group histories.  Whether through the in-house recording studio or a portable recording kit, find out how you can easily save and preserve those family stories.
Cheryl Lang, MLS, is the Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center branch of Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri. Her previous work experience includes 13 years as a rural library director as well as working as a digital collections Librarian. All of these positions have continued to fuel the genealogy bug she acquired almost 40 years ago. Ms. Lang obtained her master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas and bachelor degrees in both management and computers from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Cheryl currently serves as 1st Vice-President of the Missouri State Genealogical Association and belongs to several local genealogy societies. She is a member of the History Section and the Genealogy Committee of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. There is nothing that Cheryl enjoys more than providing equalizing public library service and helping folks find their family history.

March 23rd DNA Group Meeting

Following the General Meeting on Saturday, March 23, the DNA & Genetic Genealogy Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Carmack room at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  The March meeting topic will be "New Ancestry DNA Tools for 2019".
Just last month at RootsTech, Ancestry released a number of new tools that can help organize your DNA matches and break through the brick walls in your family tree.

Join us as we take a detailed look at "MyTreeTags", "ThruLines", and the "New & Improved DNA Matches" page with custom group tagging and filtering. Examples of both accurate and inaccurate hints in ThruLines will be shown, and we will discuss how to spot the difference. 

Even if you have attended one of our classes on Ancestry before, this brand new talk covers all the latest features, and will be helpful to your DNA research!

Our DNA special interest group is for anyone who is interested in using genetic genealogy to help further their family history research.  Whether you are just starting to think about taking a DNA test, or have already tested yourself, your great aunt, and a dozen fourth cousins twice removed, this group is for you!
The first part of our meetings are lecture based on a given topic, while the second part of the meeting will be a time for group members to ask questions and get help with any other DNA related issues they are working on. Contact Angela Fields at for more information.

Need help with your DNA results?

JCGS volunteer & DNA group leader Angela Fields is available for free one on one help with DNA results (and other genealogy questions) most Friday mornings in our Genealogy Department at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. 
If you would like to sign up for an appointment please use the link 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.
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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.


Upcoming Events
DNA & Genetic Genealogy Group
Saturday, Mar. 23rd
1:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Family Tree Maker - Advanced Users
Thursday, Mar. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Apr. 4th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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FGS Events Listing
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