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.

How to Date Old Photographs

Get tips on using items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken. Bring in one or two photographs for our team to help you date.

African American Genealogical Research for Beginners

Learn about the various record sources and Kansas City-area repositories that could lead you to discover your African American ancestors with local historian and veteran genealogy researcher David W. Jackson.

Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area

In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days.

Genealogy Blogs

Join MGC for a M.A.G.I.C-al Event

Join the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) for a special event to celebrate Black History Month on February 24, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. An Enduring Legacy: Researching Your History to Tell Your Story will be an open house event at MGC featuring advice and suggestions for discovering and preserving your family history. 

Mapping Your Family History

Join the Midwest Genealogy Center on Saturday, March 24, for the 2018 Spring Seminar: Mapping Your Family History, featuring speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs, at the Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center (18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055). The seminar will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the registration fee includes a buffet-style lunch.

Ruth Ann Hager will present two lectures" “Finding the First Landowner Using Family Maps, Historygeo, and Texas Land Survey Maps” and “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies in the Civil War.”

Nothing to Write Home About

I have always thought about writing my personal history, but my life seemed like nothing to write home about. Do I really have any exciting stories to tell? Where would I even begin? The thought of writing more than a few pages about my life seemed overwhelming, but I began to wonder, "if I don’t write my story." who will?

We Want YOU to Volunteer at MGC!

Do you have experience researching your family history and want to share your expertise with others? Do you get excited when you talk about or visit the Midwest Genealogy Center? Do you care about preserving the past and have an eye for detail? If any of the above describes you, you might be interested in volunteering at MGC!

At MGC, we currently have over 50 volunteers who help in various capacities. Some of the volunteer opportunities include giving tours of MGC, volunteering at MGC special events, providing genealogy assistance, map encapsulation, and indexing. 

Genealogy Gifts for All

The holidays are the perfect time to share the love of genealogy with friends and family. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help you get started.

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