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.

Stable T. Farms Petting Zoo

Bring the whole family to see these fun farm animals and let the little ones pet rabbits, goats, and more on June 6 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Global Family Reunion

Join us to participate in a Global Family Reunion! Celebrate connections all across the globe with this day-long party for all ages.

Dream On: Americans and their Utopias

From the Shakers to the early vegetarians to present-day eco-villages, American history is filled with Utopian dreamers who tried to turn their dreams into reality. Come learn what makes Utopian thinking so very American and what visionaries are dreaming up next.

Genealogy Blogs

Just off the Boat

My youngest daughter came home from school one day very excited that I could help her with a homework assignment that actually had to do with my job. Her assignment was to find one of her ancestors that came through Ellis Island. Her three older siblings, who had the same assignment when they were her age, broke the news to her that we actually didn’t have any ancestors come through Ellis Island. I told her all about her grandmother who was our family’s most recent immigrant. She came from Australia and first arrived in America in Hawaii.

Meet Me in St. Louis…Microfilm

The Midwest Genealogy Center’s microfilm collection contains many types of records: books, newspapers, and more. While this collection is not found in Mid-Continent Public Library’s catalog, you can still access the information through the many microfilm guides found on MGC’s website.

Genealogy is for Everyone! Join Us for Global Family Reunion!

Would you like your kids to experience the wonderful world of genealogy? We have the perfect family event for you! Join us to participate in a Global Family Reunion! Celebrate connections all across the globe with this day-long party for all ages. Bring your kids, teens, and older relatives and have fun exploring your family’s genealogy with many different activities throughout the day.

PASSION on the Home Front

PASSION. This is an unspoken byword for all Midwest Genealogy Center staff in regards to the subject of genealogy. It glows from within and touches the researchers who come into our amazing building. Each staff member has “been there” in their personal research and by guiding customers to different research opportunities. Ask any staff member the same question, and each one may give a different answer. This speaks to the diversity of skills that have been developed by MGC staff.

Bob’s Your Uncle…annnnddd my Grandpa?

You ever heard the song “I’m My Own Grandpa”? Written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe, it lyrically follows a man who, through an unfortunate set of marriages, becomes his own grandpa. It goes something like a man marries a widow with an adult daughter. The man’s dad marries the daughter making his own step-daughter his step-mother. Both marriages result in children who end up being somebody’s uncle and a grandchild. And then that somehow makes the man’s wife his grandmother, thereby making him his own grandpa.

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