Friday, November 9, 2012

New Officers for 2013-2014

We had a great turnout for our meeting last night.  Travis Morris presented a very interesting program on the FamilySearch Family Tree.

New officers were elected as follows:

President - Teresa Smith

1st Vice President - Debbie McCoy

2nd Vice President - Open

Secretary - Margie Elrod

Treasurer - Joyce Reid

Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleburne Library.  We will install new officers and have a business and planning meeting.  Please plan to attend.  Also, dues will be due at that time and you may pay them at the January meeting.  Everyone is invited to our meetings, both members and non-members.

We voted last night to meet at the Cleburne Library at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting in order to help the community with their research.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you have questions about your research, please bring them.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Meeting

The Johnson County Genealogical Society will be meeting for the last time this year on November 8th at 6:30 in the Cleburne Public Library. Speakers will be Travis and Elizabeth Morris presenting "FamilySearch and Its Many Aspects".

We will also be electing officers. Debbie McCoy
and Mildred Lee are the nominating committee, so if you want to nominate someone or yourself, let them know.

We need to vote for the following officers:

1st Vice President / Program Chairman

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Meeting

The Johnson County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W. Henderson.

The meeting will be for the purpose of getting acquainted with other researchers and resources available at the Cleburne Library to help with your family history research.  For more information, please call 817-645-4717.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September Meeting

The Johnson County Genealogical Society  will meet on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 PM until 8:15 PM  at the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W Henderson.
For this meeting, our speakers will be Becky Williams and Deirdre Coslow  from the Land and Vital Records of the Johnson County Clerk's  office.   They will speak about records available to help and use in research and answer other questions.
For more information, please call  817 645 4717

This society meets every second Thursday of each month, January thru November.   Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. 

Volunteers are available at the Library some Tuesday mornings and Library staff can always answer your questions.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cleburne Family History Seminar

Don't forget the Cleburne Family History Seminar sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Johnson County Genealogical Society will be held this Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at 303 S. Nolan River Road.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July meeting

The Johnson County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, July 12, 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM at the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W. Henderson. Our speaker will be La Cata Starr Brown, Teacher, Traditional Story-teller, Lecturer, Artist and a Genealogist specializing in American Indian lineage. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1940 U. S. Census Indexing Update

The 1940 FamilySearch indexing project has reached the halfway point!  Over 125,000 volunteers have indexed 75 million records and 18 states and territories are now searchable by name.  Texas is now 48% indexed.


To see an interactive map like the one above go to the FamilySearch indexing site here:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Meeting, Thursday June 14

The Johnson County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 to 8:15 at the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W. Henderson.  We will have a "Show & Tell". Everyone attending is encouraged to bring historical or genealogical research documents of interest and that could be helpful to other researchers. Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 16, 2012

1940 Census Images Online

Some of you mentioned the 1940 census at our meeting last Thursday, so I thought I would give you more information on where to find it online.  The images of the 1940 census are on several different websites.  You can view them for free on all the sites.  None of the sites have the 1940 census indexed yet because it was only made available to them on April 2.  They are all working to get it indexed. has the 1940 census at this link: Ancestry 1940 Census.  If you scroll to the bottom of that page, they have a table which shows what has been uploaded to the site: all of the states, plus D.C., American Samoa, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Two states, Delaware and Nevada, have now been indexed and you can search for names in those states.

You do not have to have a paid membership to to access the 1940 census for now.  The images will be free until the end of 2013.  You do have to sign up for a free account, but everyone should have a free Ancestry account because several of their record sets are searchable for free. (See a list here.)  If your state has not been indexed, you will need to know the Enumeration District (ED) in order to find someone on the 1940 census. teamed with, FindMyPast and the National Archives to make the 1940 census available online.  The census images can be found on the following sites:,, National Archives  and  I have only used the National Archives and FamilySearch sites, so I’m not familiar with what is on the other sites, but those 2 sites have all the states available for browsing.

More than 113,000 volunteers are helping FamilySearch to index the census.  You can help with indexing by signing up here: Getting Started.  In just the first week, more than 12.3 million names from the 1940 census have been indexed.  You can view a map to see the progress of each state on the FamilySearch website.  I, and many others, have been working hard the past several days to index the state of Texas.  As of today, we are 7% finished.  Please come join us!

You can browse the images by state, county, city, town or enumeration district by entering the information in the boxes below the map on the FamilySearch site.  For instance, if you enter Texas – Johnson – Cleburne in the appropriate boxes, then click on Search, you will see a list of all the EDs for Cleburne.  You can also enter smaller towns in any county to narrow down your search.  Then just click on any of the results to browse the images.

On the National Archives Search site, you can narrow your search down a little more if you know the street a person lived on in 1940 because you can select a state, county, city or town and street name and cross street.  This will usually narrow down your results to one or two enumeration districts. 

Another site which has the 1940 census images online is MyHeritage. You can browse all the states and territories and they have the state of Rhode Island indexed, so you can search it by name.

To find the street address of persons in 1940, try asking older relatives or looking in city directories.  Many city directories can be found on  If you don’t have a subscription, try your local library or FamilySearch Center.  Also, if you live near the place where your ancestors lived in 1940, many local libraries have copies of city directories for the towns or cities near them.

Good luck on your search!

Debbie Blanton McCoy


Thursday, April 12, 2012

April's Meeting

April's meeting is April 12th at 6:30pm with speaker Reecea Henderson. Reecea will be presenting 'How To Navigate Thru Facebook'.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

1940 U. S. Census - Are You Ready?

Only 41 more days until the release of the 1940 census!  Are you ready?

The National Archives and Records Administration just released the website where the 1940 U. S. Census will appear on April 2, 2012.  The census will be available for free on the website below.  Be sure to bookmark the site so that you can find it on April 2.

1940 U. S. Census website:

The census will not be indexed on the release date.  You will have to know the Enumeration District (ED) for a person to be able to find him in the 1940 census until it has been indexed.  If you know the person's address, you can find the ED for many large cities on Steve Morse's website here:  Many City Directories can be found in local libraries to help you find addresses of people in 1940.

FamilySearch indexers will begin indexing the 1940 census as soon as it is released.  If you would like to help with the indexing, sign up on the FamilySearch site at

Monday, February 13, 2012

Help Save Access to the SSDI

Your help is needed to keep the SSDI accessible to genealogists and businesses.  A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies has put together a list of ways you can help.  Visit their web page on the FGS site at: to see what you can do to help preserve access to the SSDI.