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.

My Kaw Ancestors

Join Erin Blackshere Pouppirt as she shares the general history of the Kanza Tribe and personal family history. Her fifth great-grandfather was Chief White Plume of the Kaw Nation. Enjoy her PowerPoint presentation along with other visual aids including her traditional Kaw outfit.

Placing Your Ancestor in Historical Context: A Tale of Two Franks

Why did your ancestor settle there? How did he get there? What was life like there? What prompted him to move? At the heart of genealogy is the answer to all the decisions that played out to ultimately shape our lives.

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens, A Special Engagement

The great-great grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to MCPL for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of "A Christmas Carol."

Genealogy Blogs

Excelsior Springs Haunted Haven

Since my home town is Excelsior Springs, MO., I was intrigued when I came across the book, Excelsior Springs Haunted Haven by Janet R. Reed, at the Midwest Genealogy Center. As we near Halloween, this book is a perfect choice if you like spooky ghost stories set in a historic small town.

A Furrrmily Tradition

I love cats. Growing up, my family always had at least one cat as a pet. My dad loved to tell stories of cats that his family had when he was a kid. The stories were great, and my favorite ones were about a cat named Rocky. I always thought it was cool that he had cats for pets growing up like I did.

Using Google to Get into Books

Genealogists are fortunate nowadays that many books have been digitized and are searchable online (whether or not they are available for free online). We can use this to our advantage to discover what may be in the extensive genealogy collection held by the Midwest Genealogy Center.

Let Your Skeletons Dance!

Are you looking for a new Halloween tradition? The Midwest Genealogy Center might have just the event for you! It’s our annual Let Your Skeletons Dance! Lock-In.

Planning Ahead for November

First, the tough news—the Midwest Genealogy Center will be closed for 12 days this fall, November 11 - 22, 2014. But now the GREAT news—the MGC staff will be working hard during that time to convert all of our materials (including books, maps, CDs, and DVDs) to a radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging system. All 31 branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library system have been working since August to change to this new system.

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