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.

Winding the Clock: Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse

Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Hang on Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory

Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

Indexing Night at MGC

Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable.

Genealogy Blogs

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.

It’s in My DNA!

In the past few years, DNA testing has become an important asset to the genealogy world. But it can be intimidating if you’re not well-versed in "science speak." The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help.

Mayflower Descendants

Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, a time to gather and enjoy. It can also be a time to share family history or family stories. Have you ever wondered if you might have a Pilgrim ancestor hiding in your family tree? The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have resources to help you out.

Grosse Ile: Gateway for Some, Final Stop for Others

Immigrant ancestors form fascinating members of our family trees. Much like the United States, Canada saw a large number of immigrants come to their country during the 19th Century. The history of Grosse Ile in Quebec encompasses the immigrant journey; some made it through to a new life, while others did not due to sickness and disease.   

Family History Month at MGC

October is National Family History Month and the Midwest Genealogy Center is your go-to stop for all things family history. Whether you’re just getting started, stuck on a genealogy question, or looking to find new ways to record your genealogy, MGC is here to help.

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