The Antioch branch has a first-rate selection of newspapers. The newspapers are definitely being used as each week they are mixed up and out of order. Sometimes the entire collection is left sitting on the floor. Many people photocopy newspaper articles, and sometimes customers cut out the articles they want. This should not happen, but it does. The most popular ones are USA Today, Kansas City Star, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and St Louis Post Dispatch.
Thriving In a Stalled Economy: Searching for Jobs: In Print
In this economy, many people are searching for jobs. One of the best resources out there is your local library! Mid-Continent Public Library provides multiple resources and personnel that can help you in your search for the perfect (or any) job!
One of most used techniques for job searches is the newspaper. While many people are no longer subscribing to local newspapers, the library still does. This source is a way for local and national businesses to advertise jobs, job fairs, and training seminars that can help you on your search.
Did you know that in addition to our print copies of newspapers here at MCPL, we also have several archives online that you can access? Just check under the Newspapers section of our Research Databases! There you will find digital copies of every Kansas City Star article from 1991 through today.
Do you ever feel like your ancestors are just names and dates on a chart? I thought nothing exciting happened to my ancestors until I started researching them in newspapers. As I was searching through the library’s newspaper databases, the headline "Another Lunatic Asylum Case" caught my attention. With a headline like that, I had to read it.
Using Newspapers to Enhance Your Genealogical Search
An abundance of genealogical information can be found in newspapers, but many genealogists only think of newspapers to find obituaries. However, obituaries are not the only type of information you can find about your family. Maybe your father was the star quarterback on his high school football team. Maybe you have a famous ancestor that was a celebrity or politician like Harry Truman. Since the Midwest Genealogy Center is located in President Truman’s hometown, I just had to mention one of Independence, Missouri’s most famous citizens.
County Histories Offer a Wealth of Historical Context
You’ve gathered names and dates while filling in a family tree chart, so what is the next step?
If your goal is to create a clear picture of your family’s life in generations past, try browsing through MGC's books to find county histories! You never know what you may find, even things that can lead you in unexpected directions.