August 27 General Meeting
Land Deeds: A Goldmine of Information
In our quest to know and understand our families, land records are an important resource to consult. Opportunities for land ownership existed here that weren't available in the mother countries. This created a paper trail that gives us glimpses into our ancestors' lives as well as family and friends that surrounded them. This presentation focuses on a brief history of United States land ownership, terms related to land deeds, finding land records, understanding the basic structure of land deeds and extracting genealogical information form them.
Join us as Pam Miller, JCGS member, discusses the valuable and interesting information we can glean from land deeds. Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. in the Carmack Room of the Central Resource Library.
2016 Annual Seminar
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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.
Honoring Our Veterans in France
A few weeks ago JCGS was contacted by a French woman, Marie-Sophie Bouffier, to see if we could help her find information on the family of William M. Fanning from Shawnee Kansas. Fanning was killed in action during WWII in the Battle of Normandy. Marie-Sophie and her son Alexander have taken on the responsibility of honoring Fanning at various memorial services throught the year. Fanning is on the Wall of Remembrance at the Colleville cemetery. JCGS member Susan Jarulsic contacted the Shawnee Dispatch where journalist Melissa Treolo picked up and produced a feature story. Click here to read more about the French connection to a Shawnee soldier. Click here to read about Fanning and to see other cemeteries.
What a wonderful reason to be a part of your local genealogical society!
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.
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.
Welcome Home JCGS!
In May 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.
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.
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