MGC – A Social Media Maverick

March 27, 2014

Recently, the Midwest Genealogy Center’s blogs were recognized by Family Tree Magazine. In their Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow, they write “This blog is key to accessing the latest offerings from this genealogical treasure. Posts cover a wide range of genealogy topics—everything from how to order microfilm to how to find genealogical topics on Twitter.” MGC is thrilled by this honor; thank you Family Tree Magazine! Our staff loves sharing our collective knowledge about all things genealogy, especially all the great resources our library has to offer. We also love sharing how we have used these resources to help customers and ourselves with genealogy research.

So this has brought some questions to our minds about our audience and how you all reach our blogs. Do you follow MGC’s social media networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Pinterest to discover blogs? Or do you regularly check MGC’s website for the latest blog? Are there any topics you would like to see staff highlight? Do you have a genealogy brick wall that MGC staff could help you get over? Maybe your brick wall will help someone else out, as well. MGC’s many resources can get lost in the shuffle and we would appreciate your help in getting the word out about our fantastic library!

Nicole P.
Midwest Genealogy Center


Reply to Information on unknown aunt

You definitely have a brick wall! But have no fear, MGC will try to help. I am going to turn this in as a Patron query request. However, we will need some contact information so that we can let you know what we find. Please email or call 816-252-7228 so we can add your contact information to this request. Thanks!

information on unknown aunt

my mother (1916-1972)was one of 5 girls who all lived past 60 yrs of age within 75 miles of each other and remained 'close' thru out their lives...their parents/families (my grandparents and greatgrandparents) were from the same rural Ohio county and great grandfathers (one a town physician and the other the county school superintendant) were fairly prominent in their neighboring grandparents married quite young however never had the 'typical' or acceptable marriage of the day by living together except for brief periods of grandchildren we thought our family was normal and never questioned their separate living arrangements or why no one seemed to know when they were married...after both Grandma and Grandpa died I found an ancester trunk in the barn it old clothes, etc. as well as a folded up torn out page from the county ledger documenting the legal records of four marriages, one showing my grandparents were married when Grandma was more than 5 months pregnant...I have no judgement with this info, in fact, it has helped me to understand some of family dynamics. But, upon looking for genealogy data I was not prepared to find in the 191o Federal Census Grandma using her married name, listing herself as head of the house, with her first daughter (my oldest aunt) along with another daughter born about 13 months later...I find no other records for this mysterious 2nd child; no birth/death record and she is not on the 1920 Census where all 5 of the surviving daughters appear. What do I do next? Mother and her 4 sisters are all gone now but this was a secret well kept over the years. I will say I can trace severe depression (and possible other emotional problems) which have pleagued that side of the family for several generations...was a record of any kind kept of 'institutions' during that period of the 1910-20? Do you have any other suggestions on finding Aunt Mary C.? It is painful not to at the very least recognize her time of living. Thanks

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