Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
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Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.
2023 Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 28, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lenexa City Hall, Community Forum Room
17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Lenexa, Kansas


We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our annual seminar on Saturday, October 28th with Katherine R. Willson as our featured speaker!

Katherine R. Willson of Dexter, Michigan is an engaging and dynamic genealogy lecturer at regional and national events; a full-time researcher for private clients; and a genealogy educator for 25+ years.

She is the founder & past President of the Virtual Genealogical Association, past President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, and past board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Katherine has coordinated and taught courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, with sessions focused on America’s westward expansion, and on teaching genealogy courses in your community.

Her website at contains multiple resources, including a catalog of almost 17,000+ genealogy/history links on Facebook, a catalog of 190+ genealogy YouTube channels, and a catalog of 76 genealogy podcasts.

Topics will include:
Records of Westward Traveling Pioneers & Service Providers
Records generated during Americans’ westward treks between 1787-1890, locations of those records and search strategies (includes discussions on cowboys, traveling preachers, midwives, Harvey Girls, and other service-providing occupations during the western migration)

European Experiences of 19th and 20th Century Voyages to America
Emigrants’ journey preparations, immigration restrictions, journey length, ticket costs, major ports of departure and arrival, ship accommodations, and arrival in America

American Experiences of the 19th and 20th Century Financial Crises
Events culminating in major 19th and 20th century American financial crises, day-to-day effects on our ancestors, and resulting records

Publishing Your Family History in Forms, Reports, or Books
Organizational tools for sharing with others (in a variety of formats) the genealogy materials we already have

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Check-in, enjoy continental breakfast, register for door prizes
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Presentation #1 - American Experiences of the 19th and 20th Century Financial Crises
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Break & visit exhibitors
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Presentation #2 - Records of Westward Traveling Pioneers & Service Providers
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch on your own. Visit the exhibitors.
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Presentation #3 - European Experiences of 19th and 20th Century Voyages to America
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Door prize drawings
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Presentation #4 - Publishing Your Family History in Forms, Reports, or Books
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks

Early-bird registration is available until August 14 for jut $40 for members!
Beginning August 15, the regular registration is $45 for members and $55 for non-members (plus a small service charge for online registrations). This low registration fee is made possible through the support of Johnson County Library which is providing the venue, and the Friends of the Library who are proving funds for the speaker's fee. Their support is very much appreciated!

To streamline the registration process, we are using Eventbrite, a ticketing and event management website, to handle the registrations this year.

In Person:
You can also register at our monthly meetings through September.  
Please note:
In-person registration at the door will not be possible this year. 

Please send an email to with any questions you have about the seminar.

Questions about registration or assistance with Eventbrite should be sent to Heather Jenkins at

We look forward to seeing you in person at our Annual Seminar!