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May Meeting At the Central Library

"In Your Own Back Yard: Family History Resources at the Kansas Historical Society” 
   Join us in May for a presentation by Sara Keckeisen, librarian at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka. Come learn about the resources you can discover at this nearby repository.
   The Kansas Historical Society, established in 1875, is a state agency. Designated as the trustee of the state in 1879 and as the repository of official government records in 1905, the Historical Society collects and preserves the story of Kansas history.
   Sara Keckeisen has worked as a reference librarian and cataloger at the Kansas Historical Society for 25 years.  She has written numerous articles on Kansas history and biography over the years and has produced two family histories for friends.  She is currently at work writing her own family history.  Sara has an undergraduate degree in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver.  Her husband Bob retired as director of the Kansas Museum of History after over 30 years of service and her daughter is currently Curator of Interpretation at the Johnson County Museum. 
   We will be celebrating the return to our "home" in May with a big cake and other refreshments. Come see the new Library and the new Carmack Room.  The Carmack Room is not where it used to be. Walk in the front door and keep on going straight to the back. It is on the left side but you'll probably hear all the celebrating as we meet in our new home!  Sarah and Jamie will have the goods all ready for us.

Digital Storytelling with Google Earth

Jo Co Library announces a class taught by Google Earth outreach trainer, Scott Lemmon.  He is going to introduce Tour Builder, which is a web-based storytelling tool.  It would be perfect for genealogists wanting to create a story on the web of the migration and history of their families.  This story could then be forever available online for other genealogists, family members, historical societies and universities.  It does not take in-depth computer skills to learn this! If you know how to use the computer and point and click you can learn this amazing tool to preserve your family history forever.
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Carmack Room at the Central Resource Library, 87th and Farley.
WHAT:  Digital Storytelling with Google Earth
WHO:  For anyone interested in family history, genealogy who has basic computer skills.

Skill Building Classes for 2016

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. You will eventually be able to sign up for them through the library website. Contact Education Chair, Darlene Jerome for more information.  These classes are listed on our events page. Click here to get a list of all of the classes for the year.

2016 Annual Seminar

Lisa Louise Cook
JCGS is happy to present our 2016 Annual Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke as our speaker.  Lisa is a very popular speaker and we are sure to have another great event this year in October. We will announce the program and will open registration later this year.  Save the date - October 22.

Our Library Returns!

JoCo Central Library
Folks will be so happy to know that the JoCo Central reopened on January 22. Although the doors opened and the genealogical area is now available, please note that the monthly meetings of the society will NOT return to the library until possibly May. The large meeting room that we will be meeting in will not be equipped with all of its technology/sound equipment until that time. We continue to meet at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 7100 Hadley in Overland Park, KS.

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.

Harvard Digitized Colonial Collection

The Colonial North American Project at Harvard University is now offering access to digitized images of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library.  From the 17th and 18th centuries, Harvard is capturing the treasures held in twelve different repositories.  The website will be updated continuously so be sure to check back often for new uploads.

RR Retirement

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

Free DNA Presentations

The coordinators of Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2014 have made the various presentations available for free on YouTube.  The lectures were sponsored by Family Tree DNA and organized by ISOGG volunteers.  Here is a description of the lectures.  Thanks to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland sponsors, coordinators and presenters. There are more than 30 presentations available and something for everyone.  Take a look. Even if you are not Irish you will learn from these programs!

Hoosiers Digitize!

The state of Indiana has made an agreement with to digitize 13 million birth, death, and marriage records. They estimate it would have taken the state over a decade to complete this task and Ancestry estimates that it will be completed by the state's bicentennial in 2016.  Read more here.

WDYTYA 2015 DNA Videos Available Now

The DNA videos from Who DoYou Think You Are 2015 are already available in You Tube.  Click here to get an overiew by Dr. Gleason of what is available. 

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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Upcoming Events
Genealogical Resources at the Kansas State Historical Society
Saturday, May. 28th
10:00 am
Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St, O.P. KS
KC Legacy Group
Saturday, Jun. 4th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Olathe Family History Center, 159 W. 143rd St., Olathe
Roots Magic
Saturday, Jun. 4th
10:00 am
Logan Room, Central Resource Library

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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