Story published: Friday, Jul. 27, 2012

The Olathe News

Johnson County Genealogical Society celebrates 40th anniversary

The Olathe News

The Johnson County Genealogical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary all year.

General meetings take place every month at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park. This month’s meeting, at 10 a.m. July 28, will focus on tracing Irish roots.

In January, members celebrated the anniversary with a birthday cake. March featured a “retro” Powerpoint about what was going on in 1972, said Cathy Lawrenz, the society’s first vice president.

Founding members, some of whom still attend meetings, came together to create the club in 1972 and worked to formulate bylaws. The process took most of the year, which is why members didn’t choose one day to celebrate the anniversary.

The club’s annual seminar will take place in October and feature Roger Minert, an expert on German genealogical research.

“We’re hoping to get people from St. Louis and Texas to come in, and some of the outlying areas,” Lawrenz said. “We like to have people come in from other societies and join us.”

Lawrenz said the group hopes to get new members involved, and guests are always welcome to come to meetings.

For more information, see the Johnson County Genealogical Society website at