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.

With an Iron Fist: The History of the Cass County Home Guards

Learn the history of the Home Guard, from its initial organization to its disbandment in March 1862.

Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy

This class will introduce you to the computer/tablet/smartphone application Evernote. This app has useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized. You will also learn tips and advice to maximize Evernote’s versatility.

Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes

Do you have Native American ancestors that lived in Oklahoma? If so, they may have been members of one of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, or Seminole. Learn how to research your ancestors using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

Genealogy Blogs

I’m So Blue

While looking through a Kansas City Social Register, I noticed some hints on etiquette. I was taught good manners growing up. I remember how appalled my mom was when my new sister-in-law slurped the milk out of her cereal bowl. We heard about it for years until my husband committed a worse faux pas. He allowed our children to slurp the milk from their cereal bowls. My mom was shocked to see such socially unacceptable behavior in her own grandchildren.

Printing on the Go

Did you know that you can print from mobile devices at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch? You can even send documents from your home computer to any MCPL branch for printing. And it couldn’t be easier.

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

Vital Records Within the Barbour Collection

I had discovered a while ago that one branch of my family tree contained ancestors who were from Connecticut but had not gone further with my research. Recently, a customer came into Midwest Genealogy Center asking if the Library had the Barbour Collection. I had never heard of this and asked the customer what was in this resource. He told me that it was a collection of Connecticut vital records. I did a quick search of Mid-Continent Public Library’s catalog and found out that, yes, MGC does have copies.

Take a Quick Look at This!

Are you missing a piece of your family puzzle? An obituary or a wedding announcement may be just what you need. Recently, I was trying to find the maiden name of one of my ancestors. My search for a marriage record among church records was unsuccessful. I found her death certificate, but unfortunately, it did not list her parents. I was out of ideas until I came across a wedding announcement for her daughter.

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