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. .

Falling in Love with Your African American Roots

February is said to be the month for lovers; Valentine’s Day, Library Lovers Month, and Black History Month. Join the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) for a special event featuring presentations by Kathleen Brandt and Reggie James.

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

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: 

Plea to a Parish

My goal this year is to learn Scottish genealogy research. That can’t be done in a day, so I learn by doing a little here and a little there. I received a patron request needing help finding a birth certificate from Scotland. Typically, with a consult request, we show the patron resources available to them for that type of research so they may do it themselves; since I didn’t even know what to do, I took on the research. 

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