Midwest Genealogy Center Building

The Midwest Genealogy Center opened in June 2008. The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers.

Using Fold3

Check out this new MGC class! Learn how to use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served.

Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination

Join Dr. Brooks Blevins and Noel Boyd as they discuss the history behind the stereotyping of the Ozark region and its people.

How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine

Join author Terence O’Malley as he tells the story of how the Italian Mafia in Kansas City managed to thrive in the post-war years.

Genealogy Blogs

World War II ancestors

Discovering a military ancestor can bring so much to your family tree. You can explore their service records, unit histories, and so much more. World War II was a war that affected people around the world and generated many military records. The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have numerous resources to help your research journey.

Out West with Your Ancestors

As the United States added more territory during the 19th Century, our ancestors started moving west. First, people moved to states like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. Then, many moved even further west to Colorado, New Mexico, and California. What types of information and records are available for these western states? The Midwest Genealogy Center’s collections can help you with your search for western ancestors.

Finding Your Ancestors Over the Seas

America is a nation of immigrants; many of our ancestors acame from somewhere over the oceans. It’s exciting when you reach this point in family history research! You’re off to another country, but where do you go next? What resources are out there? Do you have to travel to that country? The Midwest Genealogy Center can help you answer all these questions and more!

Italian Research at MGC

Have you discovered Italian ancestors on your family tree? Maybe you grew up with stories about your Italian ancestors and want to know more about where they lived in Italy. Researching foreign records is not hard, just different. The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help!

Check Out MGC’s Genealogy Gallery

The availability of genealogy information on the internet is a great help to family historians. You can now use your computer to find all types of research with a few clicks of a mouse. Finding archival collections and oral history online is no exception. The Midwest Genealogy Center now has the Genealogy Gallery, which is full of online collections for you to discover.

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