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.

New! DNA & Genetic Genealogy Group

On Wednesday, June 20th, at 2:00 p.m. the Johnson County Genealogical Society will have their first monthly meeting of the new DNA Special Interest Group in the Carmack Room of the Central Resource Library located at 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, Kansas.

Our DNA special interest group is for anyone who is interested in using genetic genealogy to help further their family history research. Whether you are just starting to think about taking a DNA test, or have already tested yourself, your great aunt, and a dozen fourth cousins twice removed, this group is for you!

The June meeting topic will be an introduction to DNA testing and will cover the following:
- Expectations and goals prior to DNA testing.
- Different types of tests that can be taken (autosomal, y-dna, etc).
- Comparing testing companies, and choosing the best option for your research.
- How testing other relatives can help, and deciding who to test.
- Money saving strategies for DNA testing.
- Privacy concerns.

The second part of the meeting will be a time for group members to ask questions and get help with any DNA related issues or brick walls they are working on, so even if you are already very familiar with DNA testing, please join us for this meeting.

If you plan to attend the June meeting, or would like to be added to the DNA Group mailing list please RSVP to as soon as possible.

June 23rd Meeting

Our next meeting will be June 23, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.  Amanda Wahlmeier will be our presenter, and the topic will be "Johnson County Library Resources for Genealogy and Local History".
The Johnson County Library has a wide array of resources available for you regarding genealogy and local history. While the primary reference collection is housed at the Central Resource Library, is available to you 24/7. The website serves as a digital repository for the Johnson County Library, the Johnson County Museum, the Olathe Public Library, and the Kansas School for the Deaf along with several other local organizations. New collections are added quarterly from these organizations so there’s always something new to view! The presentation will focus on how to best utilize these digital collections, including the local history index, the obituary index, and the Shawnee Mission School District yearbooks.
Amanda Wahlmeier is the Local History Librarian for Johnson County Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Studies from Baker University, a Master of Arts degree in History from University College Dublin, and a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. Amanda has a passion for historical preservation and strives to make history relevant to our present day. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her cat, Samhain.

1915 JoCo Census Indexing Project

The JCGS Publications committee is working on an indexing project for the 1915 Johnson County Census and we need your help to finish the project.  
What Would I Be Doing?  Indexers look at a photocopy of the online census and type the pertinent information into an Excel spreadsheet on your computer. The spreadsheets have already been created and there are detailed directions for every field in the spreadsheet. Familiarity with Excel is beneficial.
Is it hard? The hardest part of the project is reading some of the handwriting used by census takers. We only index exactly what is written on the page – we do not research to clarify the information. Nor do we correct mistakes in the census such as spelling of names, etc.
How can I sign up? If you are interested in helping us, please email Loretta Hower at to sign up or if you have any questions on the project.
The Johnson County Genealogy Society has already completed and published the indexed Johnson County census for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905 and 1925.

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.

JCGS Quarterly Wins Award

JCGS Quarterly AwardJCGS received a very nice present in the mail some time ago. Out of the blue, the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies awarded Our Quarterly, The Genealogist, and Darlene Jerome, the editor, with an "Outstanding Genealogy Quarterly" award.
Kudos to our Quarterly crew, Darlene, Joyce Mitchell, and new Co-Editor, Marsha Bennett.

You Made My Day!

You Made My Day Volunteer Appreciation Card
JCGS has the best volunteers around.  Every aspect of our operation is created, designed, and carried out by volunteers. On the Genealogy Desk at the Central Library sits a neat new box with little cards on the side for recognition of those volunteers.  We do this work because we love it and community service is our middle name but, you know, it's always a delight to hear a nice word or two for the effort.  Next time you are in the Genealogy area maybe go look for the box and if someone has really made your day - let us know so we can let THEM know.  You can also just drop us a line. Happy genealogy hunting! 

Videos Available From Roots Tech 2018

The Roots Tech conference was another smashing success this last February. Did you know that many video recordings are now ready for you to watch at home and they are free. Hop on over to and look for the content that you would like to see.

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Upcoming Events
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Jun. 21st
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Family Tree Maker - Advanced Users
Thursday, Jun. 28th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS
Genealogy Writers Group
Thursday, Jul. 5th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS

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Relatedness Calculator
Ever wondered how you're related to your half-cousin? How about your great uncle? And what is a second cousin twice removed, anyway? Ask the relatedness calculator. Check it out under RESOURCES on the LINKS page.

Genealogy in Time Magazine
Link to the Most Recent Genealogy Records for the United States. Go to the LINKS page on the left menu and look for it under RESOURCES

Go to our LINKS page and find a new section on DNA. If you have more suggestions let us know.

Need Forms?
The Midwest Genealogical Library has pdf forms that you can download and fill in on your computer. Most of the forms that you find out there are just downloadable forms that you print out and write on. Go look under RESOURCES on our LINKS page.

Great Value!
Ever want to know what $1,000 in 1860 is worth today? Go check out MEASURING WORTH under RESOURCES on our LINKS page.

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