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.

The Irish: Some History

Trying to find a location in the Emerald Isle where your ancestors came from can be a challenge! This class gives you information on historical events in Ireland that can help determine what records are available. This is the first of three classes offered for Irish research. .

The Irish: Your Search Starts Here

You might get to go to Ireland someday to find your Irish, but you can start your research into Irish records here before you take that trip. Learn about the websites, the jurisdictions of Ireland, and the types of records. Be sure to look for Part 3, "They Were Tied to Their Land.".

Spring Seminar 2015: Finding Your British Isles Ancestors

This year’s spring seminar will feature internationally-known Paul Milner, expert in British Isles research! Join us from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7th to hear four of his fascinating lectures. Price is $55, catered lunch buffet included. Register via Eventbrite.com today, as registration is limited.

Genealogy Blogs

Immigrant Ancestors…What Next?

Immigrant ancestors can be found in most family trees, and my tree is no exception. A number of my ancestors on both my mother’s and father’s lines came through Canada first before ending up in the United States. I have always been intrigued by these individuals and hoped to find out more about their motivations for settling here in the States. I decided to focus my search on one individual, my 3rd great grandfather, Charles Pye.

Google+ and Genealogy

When it comes to genealogy, you have to find the tools that work for you. Have you considered using social media as a genealogy tool? I’d like to highlight Google+ (G+). If you have a Gmail account, you’ve already got G+. If you don’t, you’ll need to sign up for a Google account in order to access the features I’m going to discuss. There are three big topics you need to know about before getting started: circles, hashtags, and communities. 

Were Your Ancestors Kissing Cousins?

I always thought that “kissing cousins” were first or second cousins that married, but it turns out that the dictionary defines them as relatives known well enough to be given a kiss in greeting. Many of us still use the term to describe some of our ancestors that were closely related and married to one another. I found first cousins that married while I was researching my own family history (in New York City, of all places). Some consider it taboo, but it is not as uncommon as we think.

Explore the British Isles in Your Own Backyard

Are you tracing your British Isles ancestors and hitting research brick walls? Have you explored as far as you are able with familiar online sources? If this sounds familiar, plan to attend the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar 2015: Finding Your British Isles Ancestors on Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MGC’s second annual Spring Seminar will feature the internationally known Paul Milner, an expert in British Isles research. We will feature four of his fascinating lectures:

Put Some M.A.G.I.C. in Your Genealogy

In celebration of Black History Month, M.A.G.I.C., the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition and the Midwest Genealogy Center will present a special event Saturday, February 28th. Join us for an inspirational and informative day, all about researching African-American roots. There will be two presentations by nationally known Kathleen Brandt, and a presentation by M.A.G.I.C. member Reggie James about building a family tree from no information at all.

Kathleen’s presentations are: 

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