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.

Using FamilySearch

Find out how to get the most out of using the FamilySearch website. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more..

Photo Touch-Up with Microsoft Paint

Learn how to use Microsoft Paint to touch up scratches, tears, and pit marks in a picture. This free program can be used on photos with minor to medium damage, and with practice you'll be surprised by how much you can fix. Bring your laptop if you want to follow along.

Beginning Genealogy

This class looks at the fundamentals of beginning a genealogical research project. Organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information will be discussed.

Genealogy Blogs

Even Airplane Crashes Have a Silver Lining!

During a recent patron request, I was asked to look up the service records of an aviator who flew in World War II and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise. I knew that the Midwest Genealogy Center would have many different types of materials to help with this request, and I was right.

What’s in a Surname?

Recently, while searching for the meanings of my family’s surnames, I came across some interesting information on the origin of names. I always knew some surnames were derived from occupations, like Smith, Mason, Shoemaker, Miller, Farmer, etc., but I didn’t realize so many were also derived from nicknames and geographical locations. Classifying surnames and figuring out their origins has long been an interest of historians and genealogists.

Genealogy Brick Walls - A Breakthrough!

As fellow genealogists will understand, brick walls are frustrating. You know the information you’re searching for is out there - but where?! Recently, I was able to burst through a brick wall that had been blocking research on my great-great-grandfather, Frederick Sanderson.

Spanish Research

Are you looking for Spanish ancestors? The Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library has just what you are looking for, including books in Spanish!  

The Lone Indexer

As genealogists, we sometimes get so caught up in what we are doing that we forget who is behind the indexes, abstractions, and transcriptions in books and databases that we use to find our ancestors. They are not well-known authors or famous in any way, other than they took time out of their lives to help current and future generations find their family members. Are you interested in becoming one of these unsung heroes of the genealogy world?

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