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.

Hidden Treasures at MGC

Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC. This detailed tour of our collection will uncover how to use our periodicals, city directories, microfilm, federal, state, and county records, maps, archives and much, much more!

Walkabout at MGC

Take a walk around MGC and learn about all the wonderful resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, special classes and events, rare books, full book collection, maps, and archived materials.

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

In 1916, Nelly Don created a fashion empire and became one of the wealthiest and most celebrated American women in business. She lived a fabled life and if her incredible story was not true, it would be hard to believe.

Genealogy Blogs

Music of Christmases Past

This morning, I was relistening to one of my well-loved Christmas CDs, Christmas Night. As I listened on, a song took me back to the days when my husband and I were in graduate school as sacred music students. We spent a lot of time in the Wittenberg Library, which had a huge collection of records of all varieties. At Christmas time, we would check out one Christmas LP after another.

The Real Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be a great time to reconnect with family. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Sure, all the accoutrements of the season, the tree, the gifts, and the amazing food and treats can be filled with enjoyment, but what would all that be without the togetherness the season brings as well?

Books On Ancestry? Yes!

Recently, I was doing some research on my Mom’s side of the family tree. Her ancestry is mostly French Canadian, and these ancestors lived in Quebec, Canada. I had the name of my 3rd great-grandfather, Norbert Dupont, and wanted to see what more I could find about him. I had a rough estimate of his birth year, but I really wanted to know who his wife was and their marriage date. 

Eat Your History

Brace yourselves--holiday cookies are coming! Dusty recipe books are pulled from the attic, and closet foodies creep out of the woodwork. The holidays are everyone’s excuse to stuff stuffing in their face...oyster...cornbread...ham. There're puddings, meats, and desserts; desserts, oh my! Of course, there’s the main event, but with all of those side dishes, my mouth is watering already.

History on Microfilm at MGC

Have you been doing any Lee’s Summit, Missouri research? Perhaps you’re researching early settlers of this area of Jackson County, Missouri? The Midwest Genealogy Center recently received a donation from the Lee’s Summit Historical Society. Within this donation was a collection of microfilm created from the records of W. B. Howard. Who is he, you ask? 

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