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

Special Interest Groups

  •  Check the Events & Meetings link (in the blue sidebar) for current meeting dates and times. 
  • Some groups meet in person, and some groups meet on Zoom.
  • Send an email to the group facilitator to receive the Zoom link for that group.
Beginning Genealogy Classes
Classes for beginning and experienced researchers. One hour instruction followed by one hour on computers in the computer lab practicing what was taught. Classes begin in the spring and in the fall at the Central Resource Library Computer Lab.  For more information contact Pam Miller at
Genealogy Writing Group
Informal, friendly group working on writing their own story or the story of ancestors. Meets at 1 p.m. on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Central Resource Library.  The meeting is also available on Zoom. Contact Darlene Jerome at for more information.
Family Tree Maker Software      Users Group
The Family Tree Maker users group meets at 1 PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month on Zoom. For more information, contact Donna Stanton at

Legacy Family Tree Software      Users Group
This group helps those that want to learn more about the genealogy software Legacy Family Tree.  It is a very active group, sharing tips and tricks of the program, and helping each other when questions arise.  The meetings are the second Saturday morning of each month at 9 AM on Zoom.  For more information contact Char Mitts at

The RootsMagic Software      Users Group
Meets at 10 AM on the first Saturday of the even-numbered months on Zoom. For more information, please contact Marsha Donaldson at

Scrapbooking for Genealogy
This class will teach participants how to make scrapbooks of information based on heirlooms, pictures, trips, and genealogy research using digital software. Classes will be at the Central Resource Library. For dates and times, contact Gail McGowan at     Users Group
This group is for people wanting to know more about, to understand how to use its many features, and to access the billions of records that are available for everyone - all for FREE.  Group facilitators Char Mitts and Sarah Martinson are long-time users of the site. For more information, please contact Char Mitts at
DNA Group
What to know about genetic DNA and genealogy? The group meets every month at the Lenexa Library.  Susan Mundt is facilitator of the DNA group. Angela Fields meets with individuals on a one-on-one basis by appointment at the Central Resource Library. For more information or to make an appointment send an email to
General Research Group
The Research Special Interest Group if for those who need some help with their research, want dedicated time to work on their research without distractions, or have questions about using genealogy websites or genealogy software. The group usually meets on the  2nd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Conf. Room 4 at the Overland Park, Kansas Central Resource Libary.    For more information, email
Irish Research Group
This research group focuses on the Irish research that the attendees are doing. Meetings will cover questions you have about your Irish research, what roadblocks you are coming up against, and resources to help you in your Irish reserch. The group meets at 10 a.m. on the 3rd Wednesday in the Central Resource Library located at 887th & Farley, Overland Park, Kansas. For more information, contact Cecelia Baty at batyfamily@