Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
Hackman wedding 1940
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

2021 Speaker Series

 
 
If you missed a meeting, a recording may be available to view online for JCGS members.  Become a member today.
 
 
 
January 23, 2021
Directory Assistance: How to use Historical Directories
to learn more about your Ancestors
Julie Crain Miguel 
 
 
Summary:  Join us to discover what a city directory is (hint: it's not a phone book!)  Learn about their history, where you can find them, what can be found in old directories, and reasons to utilize them for your research.
 
About Julie:  Julie Crain Miguel has been working on her own genealogy since 2011. She presented in 2019 at the Genealogy Day Resource Fair, and at the Fair in 2020 helped with one-on-one assistance. She is a member of Johnson County Genealogical Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the James Ross Chapter DAR, and Soule Kindred. She is most proud of finding her maternal grandmother’s family, and getting her mother into the DAR. She loves meeting new cousins, and has had a couple of Zoom meetings with cousins, some of whom she had never met before. She is working toward becoming a professional genealogist, helping others find their family connections.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please email us at info@jcgsks.org by Thursday Jan. 21st. We will respond on Friday Jan. 22 (before the end of the day) with with the meeting information and link. If you would like to become a member, you can join online today.
 
 
 
 

 
 
February 27, 2021
Federal Websites for Genealogists
Jennifer Audsley-Moore
 
 
Summary:  In the sea of subscription-based websites, many Federal agencies contain free information that is helpful to genealogists. The content ranges from tools to articles to indexes. Learn about the free resources available online and how they can benefit your research.
 
About Jennifer:  Jennifer Audsley-Moore is an archivist at the National Archives at Kansas City. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History. Since 2015, Jennifer has been responsible for Bankruptcy and Appellate Case Files. 
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please email us at info@jcgsks.org by Thursday Feb. 25th. We will respond on Friday Feb. 26th (before the end of the day) with with the meeting information and link. If you would like to become a member, you can join online today.
 
 
 
 

 
 
March 27, 2021
There’s More to U.S. Census Schedules Than You Think
Pam Miller 
 
 
Summary:  U.S. Census population schedules provide information such as names, location and neighbors. However, many people don’t realize that the U.S. government collected other information such as the size of a farm or the nature of a death. Schedules that have survived, can provide details that enrich your understanding of the lives of your ancestors. This talk will focus of identifying these special schedules, what you can learn from them and how to access them.
 
About Pam:  Pam’s mother fostered an interest of their family’s history in her from a young age. In the mid-1990’s, genealogy became a hobby that she enjoyed during school breaks and summer vacations. Pam retired in 2012 after a 25-year career of teaching at the Kansas School for the Deaf and became a serious student of genealogy. She enjoys volunteering for the Johnson County Genealogical Society at the Central Resource Library Genealogy Desk helping others with their family history and teaching classes on genealogy both at the library and in the community for a number of years.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please email us at info@jcgsks.org by Thursday March 25th. We will respond on Friday March 26th (before the end of the day) with with the meeting information and link. If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today
 
 
 

 
 
April 24, 2021
The Mysterious Death of Anna T. McPhillips
Thomas MacEntee
 
 
Summary: Can a mysterious family photo with a cryptic message on the back lead you to an amazing story of love and loss? Starting with a family photo, learn how you can plan your genealogy research to find out more information about the photo’s subject including vital record information, newspaper articles, and even circumstances that you might not expect! You’ll also learn how to track your research and use solid research methodology to evaluate records.
 
About Thomas: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com! “I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please email us at info@jcgsks.org by Thursday April 22nd. We will respond on Friday April 23rd (before the end of the day) with with the meeting information and link. If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today
 
 
 

 
 
May 22, 2021
Indexes Are the Key to Unlocking the Records
Christine Johns Cohen
 
 
Summary: Indexes make your searches so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index? Indexing systems are so complex that they require guides, keys, or tables to decipher. We will review and master these indexes: Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber Index, Page Margin Key Tables, Paul Company Key Table, Russell Key Index, Split Column Indexes, Soundex and Vowel Index. They are often the essential to locating ancestors in Probate or Land records online or at a courthouse.
 
About Christine:  Christine Johns Cohen is a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and have served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, she is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Her interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when she found a typed pedigree chart of my Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660’s. Christine is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and have worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, you may register online here.
 
 
 

 
 
June 26, 2021
Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869
Mary Kircher Roddy
 
 
Summary: Before the transcontinental railroad was completed Easterners and Mid-Westerners began to settle the West.  How did they get there and what was the journey like?  Presentation covers overland and water routes with descriptions of the journey and using clues to discover how and when your ancestor traveled.
 
About Mary: Mary is a Certified Genealogist and also a Certified Public Accountant. She lectures in Washington State and across the US, and is a regular presenter for LegacyFamilyTree Webinars.  She has written for Internet Genealogy, NGS Magazine, FGS Forum, Family Chronicle and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly and numerous society publications.  Mary currently serves as Treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists.  You can read more about her at MKR Genealogy – www.mkrgenealogy.com. 
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, you may register online here
 
 
 
 

 
 
July 24, 2021
Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Female Ancestors
Mary Risseeuw  
 
 
Summary: Women throughout U.S. history have ‘lost their identity’ by taking their husband’s name when they married. Prior to the 20th century, most historical records were written about and for men. This discussion will help you identify the varieties of source material that can help you break through that brick wall. You will also learn the many reasons why women are harder to trace and how legal and social status affected this. In examining lesser used sources – including ephemera such as letters and diaries – you can unlock your female ancestor’s identity.
 
About Mary: Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer.  She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the Midwest and the Netherlands.  She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today!  If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, you may register online here.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
August 28, 2021
Beyond Ancestry – Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites
Luana Darby
 
 
Summary: Ancestry.com may be genealogy's biggest subscription web site, but it's not the only one in town. Quite a few smaller and newer sites offer some of the same collections as Ancestry.com, as well as their own unique and valuable resources for research. From Fold3.com to Accessible Archives, we’ll explore several lesser-known subscription sites in detail.
 
About Luana: Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother's family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995 and as a forensic genealogist since 2014. She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives in Germany, Poland France, and Italy.
 
She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker's Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (IFSHWE). She has served as director (2009-2011), vice president (2009), president (2010-2011), and treasurer (2012) of the Utah Genealogical Association and served on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as an indexer for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching analysis and genealogy as a business course. She worked as an in-house genealogist for BYU-TV’s series Relative Race in seasons 3 & 4 and was the chair of the NGS 2020 virtual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link. If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today!  If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, you may register online here.   
 
 
 

 
 
September 25, 2021
Researching Ancestors of Color
Renate Yarborough Sanders
 
 
Summary: This session is specific to researching ancestors of color, to include formerly enslaved and free people of color. Participants learn which record types and web sites are most helpful in this type of research and how to extract data about people of color from various document types.
 
About Renate:  Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. She is the author of two blogs: “Into the LIGHT”, which focuses on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest.  Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database, in which she publishes vital data extracted from funeral programs. Renate is a member of several national and community genealogical and historical societies. She is a panelist on BlackProGen LIVE, an online live show presenting topics of interest for people researching ancestors of color and co-hosts a YouTube series, “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy,” which focuses on topics specific to North Carolina research. 
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please check back closer to the meeting date for a registration link.  
 
 
 

 
 
October 23, 2021
Writing Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read
Pam Vestal  
 
 
Summary: Part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject.  However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers.
 
This session is specific to researching ancestors of color, to include formerly enslaved and free people of color. Participants learn which record types and web sites are most helpful in this type of research and how to extract data about people of color from various document types.
 
About Pam:  Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and lecturer from Oregon whose research extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest, with clients all over the U.S. and research that reaches beyond our borders. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy.  Since then, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS’s Forum magazine, and her lectures take her from coast to coast.
 
JCGS members will automatically be sent the Zoom link.  If you would like to become a JCGS member, you can join online today!  If you are not a JCGS member and you would like to attend, please check back closer to the meeting date for a registration link. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
November 27, 2021
(Meeting details coming soon.)
 
 
 

 
 
No meeting in December - See you in 2022!