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.

KC Garment District: Piecing Together the Past

Local historian David W. Jackson presents insights into the fascinating industry that clothed America with stylish garments that were "Made in Kansas City, U.S.A." The KC Garment District once represented the largest market of coats and suits in the U.S., second only to Chicago.

Walkabout at MGC

Take a walk around MGC and learn about all the valuable resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, rare books, maps, and more.

Using HeritageQuest

Learn to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. As of March of 2015, HeritageQuest Online features a new every-name Census index, improved navigation, and many exciting new features.

Genealogy Blogs

Homesteading the American West

Imagine leaving everything you know and are accustomed to for the unknown…this is exactly what the pioneers did. Brave individuals moved West for land, freedom, and a myriad of other reasons. In doing so, they also furthered the United States’ westward expansion. Those who were looking for land, in particular, became known as homesteaders.

Finding My Past

My mom would have loved following all the media stories about Princess Charlotte, the newest member of the royal family. She was Australian and always felt a tie to the British Royal Family. In fact, my mom was sure that we were descended from royalty. As I started researching my genealogy years ago, I found that we had a few convict ancestors in the family sent to Australia. Although it was quite the opposite of what my mom envisioned, she assured me that that was a different line, and we still had some royalty.

Researching Your Ancestors Up North

When most people begin their genealogy, they come into the hobby with some preconceived notions about their family. I knew that I came from immigrants, but I assumed that they immigrated directly to the United States. Once I started researching, however, I came across a different story all together.

Are You Ready to Explore Your East European Roots?

Finally, you decided to track down (genealogically speaking) the branch of your family that you may have been putting off for quite some time. You knew your ancestor came from Eastern Europe, but your thoughts had always been - the language is hard to understand or translate, the country listed on the census is incorrect, they changed their names upon arriving in the US, and other obstacles that may have seemed difficult to overcome.

The United States Daughters of 1812 Wants You!

The United States Daughters of 1812 is looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Membership Workshop. Last year, four new members were inducted! The local James Kearney Chapter of the USD 1812 will be holding this workshop at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The main focus of this workshop is finding the evidence necessary for membership.

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