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.

2022 Annual Seminar - Oct 22

After two long years, we are excited to have our annual seminar back this year on Saturday, October 22nd with D. Joshua Taylor as our featured speaker.  Registration for our 2022 Annual Seminar is now open to our members!  You can register online with Eventbrite.
For additional details you can download the brochure here.  
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, is a nationally known and recognized genealogist. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of family history. Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B), an organization dedicated to preserving the stories of all New Yorkers. Previously, Joshua volunteered in leadership positions for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and other organizations. In 2017, Joshua was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers and in 2022 was named as a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. A popular author and speaker, Joshua has been a coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and is the recipient of RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.


Looking Back at JCGS 47 Years Ago: March 1975

     The March 1975 issue of the Johnson County GENEALOGIST features a story about organizing the Kansas Historical Society (KHS).  First efforts started in Lawrence in 1860, and continued fitfully for several years.  It was not until late 1875 that KHS was finally established in Topeka.  Early KHS efforts included archiving every newspaper published in Kansas, along with "other historical records as can be secured."  This particular GENEALOGIST article discusses several highlights of KHS growth, and mentions some of the historical properties that KHS operates around the state, such as the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Johnson County and the Hollenberg Poney Express Station in Washington County, plus twelve others.  Details can be found on pages 25-28 of the March 1975 issue.

Sept 2022 Quarterly - Now Available!



Upcoming Events

We have a wide variety of events happening every month at JCGS. 
From Monthly Meetings to Special Interest Groups to Genealogy Treehouse Chats, we're sure you'll find something that may be of interest to you. 


Need One-on-One Help?

JCGS volunteers are available Monday - Saturday from 9-5 at the Genealogy Desk at the Johnson County Central Resource Library for general questions.  For those looking for a little extra help with either Basic Genealogy or DNA & Genetic Genealogy we also offer free one-on-one sessions that can be booked in advance.
If you would like to sign up for an appointment please use the appropriate button below to view the available appointment times and make a reservation.  If you would prefer to not use SignUpGenius, you may also email with your requested date and time.
Basic Genealogy sessions are available most Tuesday mornings. This is not for brick wall or advanced research help.
DNA & Genetic Genealogy sessions are available most Friday mornings.


Using Amazon Smile to Benefit JCGS

Amazon Smile BannerWe are unveiling a great new idea for JCGS. With no extra effoert at all you can now have AMAZON
donate money to our society.
We have created a tech tip for you to follow in order to set this up. No gimmicks, just free money for us. It's like picking up loose change. It works exactly like your regular Amazon account but you must log in at Go to the tech tip area found under members here to view the directions.



Upcoming Events
Thursday, Sep. 29th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Central Resource Library, Conference Room 13
Roots Magic Group
Saturday, Oct. 1st
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online via Zoom
Writers Group
Thursday, Oct. 6th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library Conference Room 20 at 1 p.m.

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