MGC’s Archival Collections…Now with Digital Access!
The Midwest Genealogy Center has exciting news to share! We have begun to add digital archival collections to our website. Digital archival collections will help provide wider access to genealogists, especially those who don’t live close to MGC. These collections will be online and accessible through any browser. If you find images that you want, they can be downloaded to a computer and saved. Items such as letters, record books, photographs, and more will be easier to read and use during research.
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.
In 2000, the United States Federal Census reported that almost 43 million Americans claimed German ancestry, making them the largest ancestry group in America. That is a lot of history to be shared, and we can help you find and make sense of your German ancestry with many of our resources. For instance, did you know that you can piece together more than just your ancestry? Understanding the history behind why your ancestors came here is just as important.
New Records Are Marching Onto the Ancestry Website
Did you hear the news? The Ancestry Company signed an agreement with Family Search International, thanks to which Ancestry will add more than one billion already digitized records from more than sixty countries to its databases. Moreover, it will be adding approximately a billion never seen or published records from the Family Search vault in the next few years. Isn’t it fascinating?
In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.
The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.
The other day, I saw a basketball bracket flash on the TV screen for a second. I did a double-take because I was thinking “genealogy chart.” It had never hit me before that these two diagrams are almost identical, but work in reverse of each other.
A long time ago, I inherited a bunch of antiques from my grandmother that I never quite knew what to do with. Some of these items were pretty interesting, some were kind of junky, and most were handmade ceramics bearing her name on the bottom. Since I had no real interest in them at the time, and no way to display them that would fit with my own taste in home décor, they remained boxed up and in the basement for years.