How can ten people keep a library in tip top shape? By being tip top people to begin with! The Midwest Genealogy Pages are a hard-working group of individuals but also a very eclectic group.
For instance, one of our Pages has her Master’s degree in diplomacy and just did a nine month teaching assignment in Honduras. Another comes to us after being raised in Lima, Peru. She also served as a missionary in Uruguay and Venezuela, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and fluency in Spanish.
Keeping the books, maps, microfilm, and fiche in the right places in the Midwest Genealogy Center is not for the faint of heart. Our employees, known as Pages here at MGC, form an unbeatable team. For instance, four of our Pages joined us after retiring from other places of employment. We are the benefactors of their years of experience. Currently, they are diligently indexing the Kansas City Star obituary books. They also help us by replacing damaged labels, finding lost books, and retrieving holds (books requested for check out by Library customers).
This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Edgerton staff member, Vicki.
Q: What is the position you hold? And what are some of your duties? A: I am a Librarian Assistant I (half time). My duties are Adult Book Club facilitator, book displays, and the branch coordinator for the information that goes in the Access Guides.
Q: How long have you worked for MCPL? A: 13 years.
Ellen’s interest in genealogy began when she started her career at MCPL. She joined our staff in 2006, when we were still in the "old building." She was a big help in our move to the Midwest Genealogy Center in 2008.
Finding an ancestor who was the first U.S. Marshall sworn in, in what was then Oklahoma Territory, has been a high point in Ellen’s research. She ran across his name while searching the surname Degges. There could only be one Cookman Degges, and sure enough, she was able to connect him with her family.