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April 25 Meeting

Learn about National Archives RecordsNAtional Archives DC
The great conflicts of the 20th Century, World War I and World War II, transformed the world in many ways.  World Powers were made and lost, technology advanced in leaps and bounds, and political systems crumbled and advanced.  Everyone was affected, as tens of millions of Americans served in the armed forces in both conflicts.  In the process, a wealth of records documented the activities at home and on the front of ordinary Americans. This presentation by Jake Ersland,  will discuss both records at The National Archives at Kansas City, other National Archives locations, and online, informing on what is available, how to order service records, identify online resources, and understand privacy restrictions.
About the Speaker
Jake Ersland joined the permanent staff at the National Archives at Kansas City as an archivist in 2008 after previously working as a student hire, contractor, and intern. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Pittsburg State University. Ersland oversees holdings maintenance projects, the accessioning of new records, reference requests, and writes descriptions of records, as well as performing other miscellaneous duties.

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2015 Annual Seminar Planning Under Way!
George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, webinars, and on cruises and tours.
George Morgan
George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He is co-author, with Drew Smith, of the book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published by McGraw-Hill. George is currently working on the fourth edition of his book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, which will be published by McGraw-Hill in January 2015.
George is past Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and a past officer of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.
George and Drew Smith produce The Genealogy GuysSM podcast on the Internet at It is the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

2015 Brings Changes to Our Meeting Space

The Central Resource Library, where the Johnson County Genealogical Society normally meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, is planning a major remodel during 2015. The library has canceled all meetings during 2015. We have found an alternative meeting space for the year. 
Starting JANUARY  2015 the monthly JCGS Saturday meetings will be held at:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7100 Hadley
Overland Park, KS
The Hadley location is very handy and has plenty of parking. It is just a block east of ANTIOCH on 71st Street on the SOUTH side of the street. We cannot bring in any food or drink!

Changes at the Central Resource Library

   Changes are taking place during 2015 at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park. These changes will impact all who use the Genealogy Department and its holdings and services. Most of the Central Resource Library will be closed to the public for remodeling and will be inaccessible through the remainder of 2015. This means all genealogy books, periodicals, all newspapers on microfilm, and the volunteers who faithfully staff the Genealogy Desk, will be unavailable.
   What exactly does this mean for the Johnson County Genealogy Society ? As many of you know, the Society has already changed the location of its monthly meetings. During all of 2015, the meetings have been moved from the Carmack Room in the library to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 7100 Hadley in Overland Park. This new temporary meeting space is comfortable and well located, and offers the use of a large screen and projector for presentations. The first meeting held there in January was very well attended, so it looks like everyone got the message.
   In addition, the temporary closing of the library means there is no person available in the library to help genealogists with the use of databases, suggestions for further research, newspaper articles from local newspapers, or with locating local obituaries. No microfilm or film readers/scanners will be available during this time. All of the branch libraries will be open for their regular hours, but none of those has microfilm or film readers.
   However, while you cannot have access to the Genealogy Department for the remainder of 2015, you can still use the library genealogy web page ( from home and from the other branch libraries. If you usually go to the CRL to access the Ancestry Library Edition website, for example, just visit any other branch to do that.
   If you sometimes visit the CRL to get help from a volunteer at the Genealogy Desk, you may want to attend the JCGS monthly meetings and ask for help there, or contact one of the mentors found in the Quarterly publication or through  If you sometimes use to ask a question through the Society, you may continue to do so, but with the understanding that some questions cannot currently be answered if the resource needed is unavailable due to the remodeling.
   Once the remodeling is completed and the CRL is reopened, probably early in 2016, we will be able to enjoy the many changes and improvements in the building. Of special interest to genealogists will be an updated and redesigned Genealogy Department with some very nice improvements. You can take a sneak peak by clicking on this link for a tour.

Topeka Gen Society Celebrates 50 Years

50 Year Celebration
To celebrate, Topeka Genealogical Society is returning to a two-day format for their annual seminar. On Friday, April 24, local experts will present several breakout sessions. Saturday brings Jana Broglin, CG, OGSF, is a native of northwestern Ohio. She is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years of experience. She earned the credential of Certified Genealogist in 2005, and was recognized as a fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 2011. Jana is a past Director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and served for more than 20 years as a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society. In November, 2000 she received the title of Kentucky Colonel for the books she published on Kentucky wills and estates.

Free Videos From RootsTech 2015

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!

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 Writing
Thursday, Apr. 2nd
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Oak Park Branch Library at 9500 Bluejacket Street in Overland Park, KS
KC Legacy Users Group
Saturday, Apr. 4th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Olathe Family History Center at 15915 W 143rd Street Olathe, Kansas
Saturday, Apr. 4th
10:00 am
Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive (approx. 117 & Roe)

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Our neighbor Wyandotte County
New link under Kansas City Area Libraries
Trowbridge Research Library & Archives

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.

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