Obtaining & Translating an 1853 German Marriage Certificate
During my research, I recently sought the marriage certificate for John Vanderstay and Gertrude Koenen in 1853 in Germany, my great, great grandparents. The first step was finding them in an index of marriage records for 1853 in Germany on www.familysearch.org. I then ordered the microfilm ($7.50) from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and had it sent to the Midwest Genealogy Center (nearest library to which the Family History Library would do inter-library loan).
A Visit to the Clay County Archives and Historical Library
Recently, I had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Clay County Archives in Liberty, Missouri. The volunteer staff was very helpful and made my trip very enjoyable. I was amazed at their collection.
The Midwest Genealogy Center has an amazing collection of genealogy periodicals. As many as MGC has, though, there are still many, many more that are published. And, we cannot begin to house all of them here.
As genealogists, it isn’t terribly uncommon for us to come across coincidences somewhere along our family lines, or even confluences of one of our lines with the line of a good friend or maybe even our spouse. Occasionally, we even find someone who is related to us somewhere down our line in an unexpected place – like the Midwest Genealogy Center!
The tiny little Kansas town of Pilsen, which never numbered more than 100 citizens, is planning a huge celebration honoring one of their own on June 2, 2013. They expect thousands of people to crowd their town and fill the local church to capacity and beyond. This town is filled with pride at the long delayed honor awarded to the descendant of one of the town’s founding families.
Recently, I took a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I travel, I never have a lot of extra room to pack my genealogy, so I set a goal to go paperless. I began by putting all my research notes, some scanned items, some web clippings, and a list of all the microfilm I wanted to look at into a cloud storage website, which allowed me to access my notes from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.
The Midwest Genealogy Center recently created a new Archival Collections page. This webpage has a wealth of new resources for genealogy researchers to access and use. One of these resources is finding Aids to MGC’s Archival Collections. What are finding aids, you may be asking? Finding aids are the library catalog equivalent in the archival world. These tools help researchers understand the scope of an archival collection as well as exactly what types of information are contained in each collection.
When it’s almost summer in Missouri…it’s time to plan a road trip! And what better destination than the Midwest Genealogy Center? By previous arrangement, two bus tours contacted us for dates in April to visit. One bus tour was a genealogical society located in the central part of Kansas. This group has been here several times before, so they know the riches of our resources and collection. They came for three days. Side trips to the National Archives in Kansas City are usually arranged for them also.
Do you often drive by the Midwest Genealogy Center building and say, "Someday I’m going to go in there and see what MGC is all about." If you’ve never visited us, now is the best time to come by. Saturday, June 8th, MGC celebrates its fifth anniversary in our current facility, and we have a day-long celebration planned.
"Little GTO," "Hey Little Cobra," and "Mustang Sally - you’d better slow that Mustang down…"
If these titles bring back the good ole days for you or if you are just fascinated with "muscle" cars and hot rods, come to MGC on June 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We’re hosting a "show up and show off" car show in our parking lot to help celebrate our fifth anniversary!