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.

2015 Annual Seminar

2015 Annual Seminar
Saturday October 24, 2015
8:15 a.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Ritz Charles Event Center
9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 685-2600 ‎
For further information contact
George G. MorganGeorge Morgan
George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, webinars, and on cruises and tours.
George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He is co-author, with Drew Smith, of the book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published by McGraw-Hill. George is currently working on the fourth edition of his book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, which will be published by McGraw-Hill in January 2015.

George is past Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and a past officer of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

George and Drew Smith produce The Genealogy GuysSM podcast on the Internet at It is the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.
8:15 - 9:00      Check-in, light breakfast, register for door prizes
9:00 - 9:15      Welcome and Introduction of speaker 
9:15 - 10:15     Bring 'Em Back to Life (Ancestor Profile)
10:15 - 10:45   Break - visit vendors
10:45 - 11:45   Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
**No food or drink may be brought in from outside.
1:00 - 1:15       Door prize drawings
1:15 - 2:15       Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered 
2:15 - 2:45       Break - visit vendors
2:45 - 3:00       Door prize drawings
3:00 - 4:00       Clues in the News: Your Ancestor in Community Context              
Seminar Topics
Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
Learn a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile. Focus will be on:
  • Establishing your ancestor's every location,
  • Learning about other people in your ancestor's life,
  • Studying local, state and national history to determine what events may have influenced or motivated your ancestor,
  • Studying personal events that may have influenced or motivated your ancestor, and
  • Effectively organizing materials into a profile that can be used for additional research and for writing.
This approach will not only help you organize your research, it can become the basis for writing detailed biographical sketches or novels about the people whose lives you have been researching.
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. Learn how to dissect an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them.
Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
The records most frequently used by genealogists are birth, marriage, and death records, along with census population schedules, obituaries, and tombstones. There are literally thousands of alternative records that can be used to supplement your research and to help place your ancestors in context. Learn to explore number of record types that most genealogists skip or gloss over, and reexamine less frequently consulted portions of familiar records. Topic will provide new clues and insights to open new research doors and help break down brick walls.
Clues in the News: Your Ancestor in Community Context
Newspapers are the chronicle of a community and its life and contain a wealth of information about our ancestors, their families, and the things in which they were involved. This presentation focuses on many examples including marriage and birth announcements, accidents, death notices and obituaries, news from churches and social organizations, stories about local military personnel, farm and ranch news, weather, shipping news, and more. Important websites for digitized U.S. newspapers are discussed and URLs are presented. Your newspaper research will take off and you'll learn more about your family in no time!  
9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 685-2600 ‎
Ritz Charles Event Center outside view