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May 26, 2018
June 17, 2018 By: Sarah Martinson
Using Historic Maps for Genealogy
presented by Pam Miller
The opportunity to own land was a key motivator to our ancestors leaving their native lands to come to America. Maps 
are a key resource to learn more about and understand your family. Maps that were created that show the names of our ancestors. Learn about the variety of maps that show land ownership. Finally, it is important to look beyond the names to the community that surrounded them.
Pam’s mother fostered an interest in family history from a young age. In about 1995, her son was growing up which meant more time for her interests. Genealogy became a hobby that she enjoyed during school and summer vacations. In 2012, Pam retired from teaching so she set about the building her background knowledge through online classes from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is also a graduate of ProGen19. 
Pam is very active in the Johnson County Genealogy Society where she teaches classes, gives talks and volunteers at our library’s genealogy desk. Her other interests are reading, time with family and friends, hiking and traveling.

April 28, 2018
June 17, 2018 By: Sarah Martinson
Introduction to Bureau of Indian Affairs Records and Native American Genealogy Research
presented by Lori Cox-Paul, Director of Archival Operations at the National Archives at Kansas City.
Has your family history research led you to the discovery that you might be of Native American ancestry?  Has a DNA test or an oral tradition in your family provided some evidence?  The National Archives holds an amazing assortment of government-created records detailing the lives of members of many American Indian tribes.  Each tribe has a unique set of documents pertaining to its members.  These records include: allotment, annuity, land, census, student case files, and more.  Learn what records are available at the National Archives at Kansas City and how to begin this type of genealogy research.
Lori Cox-Paul is the Director of Archival Operations at the National Archives at Kansas City.  In this capacity, she plans, develops, and executes long- and short-range plans of the archival program, including accessioning, arrangement, description, reference, preservation, and outreach programs.  She supervises a staff of 16 employees. Lori has a B.A. in English and History from Hastings College and a M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  She is active in numerous professional organizations.  Lori will share information about Native American Resources of our local NARA.
March 24, 2018
June 17, 2018 By: Sarah Martinson
Searching for those Elusive Irish Ancestors
presented by Barbara McTygue Scanlon
Marsha Bennet, JCGS VP Programs with Barbara ScanlonIrish genealogy is unique. Many of Ireland's genealogy records were destroyed in June of 1922 so you have to learn to work with non-census records.  When working on Irish genealogy you need to learn what is available and where to find it.  Many of the Irish records are free to search. Land records from 1847 to 1864 are available for free - with maps.  Currently there are only 2 Irish census records available, and these are available and free to search. The Catholic records were not destroyed in 1922, and there are 2 sites where they are available for free. Barbara will also bring some of her Irish Genealogy books on Irish family surnames.
Barbara McTygue Scanlon is the Genealogy Specialist at the Kansas City Irish Center. In addition to that role she is the Genealogy Committee Co-Chair of the Kansas City Irish Festival. Barbara was born in Lexington, Nebraska and attended grade and high school in Overton, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Kearney State College and was married in Kearney, Nebraska.
Her work in genealogy started at age 12 with an interview of her grandfather and a single sheet of handwritten family history recorded in her grandparents living room in Eddyville, Nebraska. The curiosity of a 12-year-old grew to a life's passion of genealogy. Barbara has learned so much about her family history in the past 10 years. Her father was 100% Irish with Church of Ireland, Irish Quaker and Roman Catholic ancestors. Her mother has three Irish lines, Roman Catholic, Irish Quaker and Scots-Irish Presbyterians discovered in January of 2013. With Barbara’s Irish heritage and her husband Ed's Irish roots, Irish genealogy and history grew to a labor of love.
Barbara speaks at Irish Festivals, Community History Societies and various organizations.  Barbara's family ties to Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Ireland give her a vast insight in finding your connection to Ireland. Barbara uses her Irish family as an examples of how and when the family immigrated from Ireland and how their family name evolved along the way.  Her speaking presentations are full of Irish history, how-to genealogy help and in the Irish fashion a few good laughs.
You can follow Barbara on her blog
February 24, 2018
June 17, 2018 By: Sarah Martinson
American Civil War Genealogy
presented by Beth Foulk
At only one time in our history did our country fracture at the seams as it did in the Civil War. Because of the issues of states’ rights, competing cultures, and the seminal issue of slavery did families, towns, and states turn on each other to the point of death. What role did my family play? Which side of the debate did we support? Did we lose family members? Civil War genealogy takes us back in time to see how our family helped forge this pivotal moment in history – changing the course of our country forever. Discover research tools among the soldiers’ records that will give rich meaning and texture to your family history.
About Beth Foulk: 
Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences.  Her focus is Early American Genealogy.
Beth’s website is
January 27, 2018
June 17, 2018 By: Sarah Martinson
National World War One Museum
presented by  Doran Cart
Presenter: Doran Cart, Senior Curator of the National World War I Museum and Memorial - The Centennial of World War I and the National World War I Museum and Memorial: Special Exhibitions.
Doran began his presentation with an introduction to WWI and the beginnings of the Memorial and Museum. He explained that the museum collects and displays information and artifacts from all sides of the war.
Then he went into detail about the Museum’s special exhibitions and programs from 2014 into 2019 which have focused on recognizing the 100th anniversary of the World War. His visual presentation showed a wide variety of objects and materials from the museum’s extensive collection. Some of these have been featured in past exhibitions and others will be exhibited for the first time this year.
He noted that many of the museum’s exhibitions go on tour around the country after they are closed.
Be sure to visit their website at    
Museum Information:
National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108


Regular Hours             Summer Hours                                             Over There Café
Tuesday – Sunday       Daily, Memorial Day - Labor Day                     Days the Museum is Open Until 3 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.         10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sunday - Friday)      
                                 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday)
About Doran Cart
Doran Cart has been the curator at the museum since April, 1990, and Senior Curator since 2011. He has lived in Kansas City, Missouri since 1985. He has been involved in the restoration of the memorial, the creation of the current world-class museum and the growth of the museum collection into the most diverse collection on the war. Doran has a B.A. in history from Indiana University and an M.A. in Museum Studies and History from the University of California, Riverside. Since he started his professional career in 1974, Doran has worked in museums, at historic sites and in historic preservation from Indiana to California to Florida and finally in Kansas City. He has written a number of articles on historical subjects and edited two books. Doran has been interviewed on the national Fox News, C-Span, for shows on the History Channel, PBS’ History Detectives and by local, regional and international media.