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

Software User Groups
KC Area Legacy Users Group meets the first Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Central Resource Library in the Learning Lab. For more information, contact Char Mitts at  Bring your laptop and follow along with the Legacy Users Group. There are two parts to each meeting: basic topics using the Legacy Family Tree software, and then demonstrating how to use more advanced features of the program. 
RootsMagic Users Group meets the first Saturday of the even number months at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Resource Library, 87th and Farley Sts.  Anyone wanting personal help is welcome to come at 9:30 a.m.  For more information, please email Carol Anne Kuse at This group is for people who are using or thinking of using the genealogical software program, RootsMagic. We try to answer questions, and show how to take advantage of the program's features.
Family Tree Maker Users Group is a forum for family history researchers who are currently using or interested in using the Family Tree Maker database software. The Introductory group meets the 2 nd Thursday of each month and focuses on new users of Family Tree Maker and those who need help with specific issues. The Experienced group meets the 4 th Thursday of each month and focuses on the many features of the software that are used to gather, validate, save, and report the information about your families. Both groups meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Central Resource Library, 87th and Farley, Overland Park, Kansas. For more information email Richard “Dick” Rosenstock at  The goal is to provide an opportunity for users to interact with other users to improve collective skills.
We welcome everyone interested in learning more about genealogical software to attend our meetings. Membership in the Johnson County Genealogical Society is not required but is highly encouraged. You can check the website under EVENTS to find dates and updated program listings.
Special Interest Writing Group
Our Purpose: 
Our writing group has two purposes. One is to encourage its participants to be actively engaged in writing something relating to their family history. It could be a personal memory, a life story or biographical sketch, or a story about an ancestor.  Other possibilities could be an article for submission to a genealogical publication or even a complete family history book.  The other purpose is to provide a comfortable environment that is friendly and nurturing yet challenging. Participants can learn ways to bring genealogy to life and to make their writing engaging and interesting to others.  
This is a special interest group of the JCGS and is a free benefit of membership. Members interested in writing about their family history are welcome to participate and will get the most benefit by attending on a regular basis and becoming actively involved. 
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons, 1 p.m. in the Pickard Room at the Central Resource Library located at 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, Kansas.
Our Goals: 
  1. Plan and follow an agenda for each meeting in order to stay focused on our purposes.
  2. Refer to books about writing family history, examples of writing, and other appropriate materials for guidance as suggested by any of the group members and mutually agreed upon by the group. Examples are Writing Your Family History, A Guide for Family Historians by Gill Blanchard and Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher.
  3. Provide members with informative, supportive, candid, and meaningful suggestions of the written material that is submitted by members of the group