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.

Charles Clancy and Union Station

On October 30, 1914, Union Station opened its doors. Charles Clancy who had worked at the old Union Depot, was hired as assistant station master. Jim "Two Crows" Wallen portraying Charles Clancy, will share stories of the 100 years of history of the station, the Union Station Massacre, and other exciting tales.

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 ILL for Genealogy

MCPL doesn't have everything you want? Unbelievable!! Use InterLibrary Loan to expand the walls of your library and encompass a world of information. Come learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Genealogy Blogs

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.

The Oregon Trail: No Two Journeys Were the Same

Did your ancestors travel the Oregon Trail? During the years 1840 - 1860, over 250,000 travelers used trails to migrate from the eastern United States to Oregon and California. For many, the promise of a better life, land, and jobs was the pull while others were escaping something. For all, the 2,000-mile journey was long and arduous. A good portion died along the way, about 30,000 over the course of these two decades.  

My Ancestor Was an Author

I didn't know much about a distantly related cousin but decided to use one of Mid-Continent Public Library’s Research Databases, Historical Newspapers, to find out more about her. While searching for her, I ran across some interesting newspaper articles, including her obituary.

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