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.

Early Jackson County History to 1840

Follow the wife of Aquilla Lobb, who settled in eastern Independence in the 1820s, as she details the growth of Jackson County until 1840. This is mainly a PowerPoint "show and tell" program.

Order # 11 and the Civil War

Learn about the stories and histories of the families who lived in this area in 1860. Tom Rafiner will try to answer the question of what happened to the families during the War leading up and subsequent to Order No. 11, where they went, and who came back.

Victor & Penny: Antique Pop

Victor & Penny is a vocal duo that offers up antique pop from the 1930s and 1940s on ukulele and a lovely old electric guitar. With charm and good humor, they bring a fresh twist to old standards and some more modern tunes.

Genealogy Blogs

It's Not All on the Internet

I have been helping a friend with her genealogy. She was the recipient of some notes her mother’s cousin had made regarding the family’s genealogy. This cousin, named D. D., had done much research on my friend’s Burns family line. She indicated that William H. Burns married Martha McKittrick in Washington County, Kentucky in 1853. D. D. seemed to be a good researcher, and I was inclined to believe her, even though we found a marriage record for William H. Burns and Martha Stumpff.

Should I Pick Up the Scarf?

I love to read historical fiction, and if it has a little romance or suspense, it’s even better. (I know you are probably wondering since you are reading a genealogy blog, but don’t worry, it really does relate.) One of the things that I love about historical fiction is that even though the characters are fictional, the setting is a real time in history. I love to learn about the little-known parts of history or the everyday life that is so different than mine. My thoughts are similar when I research my family history.

Dig Into Heritage Quest Online

How many of you enjoy using HeritageQuest Online? Am I the first to raise my hand? I find this website very neat.

What to Expect from a Genealogy Class

If you’ve been fiddling around with your family tree for a while and have made a little progress but don’t quite know the next step to take, perhaps a genealogy class is for you!

Questions Lead to Answers

Have you ever taken a close look at some of the questions the enumerator asked when taking the census? Some questions don’t seem very useful to a genealogist. (Yes, I do realize that censuses were not taken just so I could use them for genealogy.) One particular question caught my attention one day and became a way to track an elusive family. I found my ancestor on the 1855 New York State Census. Looking at the original image, I noticed writing in a column next to his mother and brother that others didn’t have.

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