Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
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Hackman wedding 1940
Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

July Meeting

Great Plains OriginalsThe July 23 program will be Great Plains Originals with Brian Burnes as presenter. He is a former Kansas City Star reporter and author of several books including Great Plains Originals: Historic Documents from America’s Heartland, a book that explores the fascinating collection of memorabilia stored at the regional National Archives collection in Kansas City. Indian transactions, steamboat registrations, slave receipts, "enemy alien" documents carried by German-Americans in World War I, and Harry Truman's draft card are just some of the treasures stored there. Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 for another terrific progam.  We are happy to be back at the Central Resource Library for our meetings again.  

New York Databases FREE in June

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NEHGS is offering up their New York Databases for free in the month of June.  They also have a ton of free webinars!  Take your vacation right at home.

Skill Building Classes for 2016

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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.

Welcome Home JCGS!

Welcome Home Cake JCGS
Today the society returned to our home after a year out on the road. Final touches are still necessary in the Carmack Room but with lots of support and President Char Mitt's karaoke microphone, we did it. Over 90 members and guests attended and we made quick work of the cake and coffee. Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers for another great program. Sarah Keckeisen shared what the Kansas Historical Society has to offer genealogical researchers.

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.

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
KC Legacy Group
Saturday, Jul. 2nd
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Olathe Family History Center, 159 W. 143rd St., Olathe
Organizing My Research
Monday, Jul. 11th
1:00 pm
Central Research Library, 87th and Farley
Great Plains Originals
Saturday, Jul. 23rd
10:00 am
Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St, O.P. KS

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

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.

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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