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.

Brookside and Waldo: A History

Brookside and Waldo are two of Kansas City's oldest and best-known areas. The hour-long presentation will feature a wealth of vintage images of the area from the early 1900s forward.

Beginning Census Records

This session will explore the Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Learn what the government considered important about our ancestors and how we can apply that information to our genealogy research.

A Portrait of Virgil Thomson

Native Kansas Citian Virgil Thomson is the most important American composer you've never heard of. Musicologist Andrew Granade details his career, which included a collaboration with Gertrude Stein and a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1949.

Genealogy Blogs

Taxes? Yes Please!

As another April 15th rolls around, taxes are on all our minds. But have you ever thought about the good that can come from taxes? For genealogists, taxes can be a gold mine of information. 

Have you encountered brick walls where your ancestor seems to disappear between censuses? Or maybe you know your ancestor owned land but can’t find a deed. Taxes to the rescue! 

Ready Reference and Resource Guides

Ready reference and resource guides are like cliff notes or wikis on specific research subjects. The Midwest Genealogy Center has several ways for you to access these types of materials. At MGC, the ready reference section is upstairs near the staff desk. There are sixteen handy guides on various subjects such as African American genealogy research, Immigration research, and Italian genealogy research.

Heartbreak and Joy at Ellis Island

Can you trace your ancestry back to the arrivals at Ellis Island? About one-third of the American population can. From 1892 until 1954, Ellis Island was the main port in New York City through which immigrants flowed into the United States. Learning about Ellis Island’s history, as well as the history of New York City immigration ports, can be helpful when exploring your ancestor’s immigration.

Coming Home Inspired from a Genealogical Convention

The recent Rootstech/FGS Conference gathered over 28,000 people in Salt Lake City, Utah for one of the largest and most exciting conferences ever created. I am still processing everything I got to see and do there and would like to pass on some reasons to attend a conference, if you are able.

Éirinn go Brách

Irish Americans are the second largest ethnic group within the United States and have created a lasting impression on the American landscape through industry, politics, and culture. Emigration began in the early 1700s as Presbyterians in Ulster (Northern Ireland) faced discrimination, economic depression, and unfair taxation from Britain. Those immigrants saw an opportunity in the Americas to escape their religious constraints, famines, and economic hardships by creating a new life in relative freedom.

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