May 27 General Meeting
Caitlin R. Donnelly, Head of Public Services at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at The University of Kansas Libraries, will be here to tell us about the collections and services at this repository.
Caitlin works with students, faculty members, scholars, and other patrons and visitors who come to the library to conduct research, attend class, or tour the North Gallery and exhibit area. Her interests have evolved to focus on facilitating and expanding the use of special collections; demonstrating the relevance of history and special collections to a variety of scholarly disciplines and groups of non-academic users; and helping researchers become comfortable and competent users of special collections materials.
She ia a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and sister of a KU alumnus. She has a BA in Humanities–American Civilization from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2004), an MA in public history from North Carolina State University (2006), and an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008). Before joining the team at Spencer, Caitlin was the Archivist at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo (2008-2012), where she was responsible for all duties associated with managing the archival collection. Also, her realm of experience includes the Missouri State Archives-St. Louis, UNC’s Documenting the American South, the NCSU Special Collections Research Center, the UIUC Government Documents Library, and the National Park Service.
Come find out about what awaits you at this gem of a resource so close to Overland Park.
Skill Building Class for May 27
Don't forget - the 2017 Skill Building classes take place on the same Saturday as our general meetings.
This month the class is Organizing My Research
at 1:00 pm in the Carmack Room, Central Library
We know genealogy may start with a simple sheet of paper but shortly becomes an onslaught of paper, photos, digital images, books, maps, correspondence, and more. Discover how to create an organization system designed the way you
think, enabling you to find items within seconds, saving you time and money. Presenter: Char Mitts
JCGS 2017 Annual Seminar
Save the date! Hold the phone! It's not too early to put this date in your calendar. October 28, 2017.We will be hosting Thomas MacEntee this October for an action packed all day seminar. We return to our favorite venue, the Ritz Charles event center in Overland Park.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. Thomas has started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy
. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers
. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy
, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” We are sure to have another successful event this fall.
You Made My Day!
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!
Avoid a Grave Mistake!
It seems like we oft
en run across a story of people ruining gravestones. Sometimes it's on purpose but sometimes folks are meaning to do a good thing but, alas, they are not. Folllow this link to one such story from the L.A. Times
. You can then check out the 2017 March JCGS Quarterly publication to read all about how to correctly care for these precious pieces of history. It is now available on the members secure download page.
Videos Available From Roots Tech 2017
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 http://www.rootstech.org and look for the content that you would like to see.
Skill Building Classes for 2017
JCGS is now offering skill building classes on a monthly basis. The classes will be held at the Central Resource Library on 87th and Farley. All classes will be presented by JCGS members. These classes are in addition to our regular 4th Saturday general meetings and will be held on the same day as the general meetig except for October and November - those skill building classes will be held on the THIRD Saturday not the fourth.
FGS Announces Upcoming Venues
Save the dates!
The FGS 2019 National Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, D.C., and the FGS 2020 National Conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We are extremely excited for all our upcoming conferences and look forward to visiting Washington, D.C., and Kansas City in future years,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “From 2016 to 2020, our conference venues are steeped in both history and research resources and make perfect settings for genealogists and family historians.”
This announcement extends the upcoming FGS conferences schedule to the year 2020 and includes:
FGS 2017 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
FGS 2019 National Conference in Washington, D.C.
FGS 2020 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri
Each conference will be joined and hosted by a local genealogical organization. The Illinois State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS this year in Springfield and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society in 2017. Local hosts for future conferences will be announced at a later date.
New Initiative to Digitize Records
Reclaim the Records is a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. These concerned folks are filing Freedom of Information requests to get public data released back into the public domain. They are collecting information about archivally important data sets that are not available online or on microfilm, and they are using state and Federal FOI laws and Open Data initiatives to get copies of this information released back to the public.
They are starting work in archives in New York City and New York State, and will be expanding into different parts of the country, based on demand from people like you. Along the way, they will be documenting everything they have learned about filing Freedom of Information Act requests, and creating a Do-It-Yourself guide for genealogists, open data fans, and others who want their state, local, and Federal records made more available.
Certified, Accredited, Professional?
It is overwhelming. Looking at all those initials after their names. Many folks are confused about the differences between genealogical credentials and those who offer professional services. Debbie Wayne Parker, CG and CGL, has a discussion which covers the credentialing and professional organizations in the U.S. governing the field of genealogy. The discussion is aimed at those interested in becoming credentialed genealogists, those considering hiring a professional, and genealogical event planners who need to understand the many of initials following a name. Click here to read more about credentialing.
Be one of the first to use the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Quick Look! This new and exciting feature provides online access to some of MGC’s resources. One of the resources you can search is inactive pension claims from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, which contains over 1.5 million records. Search the index by name and/or date. If you locate a resource, you will have an opportunity to request it from the source organization. In addition to the Railroad Retirement Pension Records, you can also find obituaries from newspapers like the Kansas City Star and Independence Examiner. Records currently indexed include obituaries, vital records, indexes for books within MGC’s collection, and more.
What can you expect after a search? Searches will yield an index that will allow you to request a full record. For U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Pension Claims, you will be directed to the National Archives. For all other collections, MGC staff will fulfill your request. The link to this great new feature is found on MGC’s main web page here. Have fun searching and watching MGC’s digital collection grow!
Using the Library of Congress Online
The Library of Congress (LOC) is a dream destination for many U.S. genealogy researchers, but most of us can’t get there in person. Here are 4 ways–all online–to access the mega-resources of the Library of Congress for genealogy. From our 2016 Annual Seminar speaker Lisa Louise Cook: LOC Online
What Can WORLDCAT Do For You?
Take a few minutes and visit the genealogy orientation page for Worldcat, the online, worldwide library catalogue. WorldCat provides information about library materials, where they are available and links to digitized versions of library materials. WorldCat is the world’s largest bibliographic database. It contains information about more than 210 million items owned by 10,000 libraries around the world. Constant growth makes WorldCat a rich resource for genealogists who seek primary source materials.
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FGS Events Listing
Want to know what's going on where? The Federation of Genealogical Societies has a listing of member events. JCGS is one of the member societies of FGS. Go take a look on our links page under NATIONAL listings.
If you are a current member or are joining JCGS you will automatically receive the email notices and do not have to sign up here. This sign up is for visitors.
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
NEW DNA Links
Go to our LINKS page and find a new section on DNA. If you have more suggestions let us know.
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.
Ever want to know what $1,000 in 1860 is worth today? Go check out MEASURING WORTH under RESOURCES on our LINKS page.
On the EVENTS and LINKS pages you can easily sort the listings. At the top of each page is a drop down box. Open the box and you will find the categories from which to choose! You can find what you are looking for quickly.
You may contact us at any time for help with the website.
JCGS web team