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.

Story of the Orphan Train

Fending for themselves on the streets of New York, homeless children were given a chance for a new life in America's heartland by riding the orphan train. Many were relocated here to Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Pippa White brings to life the orphans.

German Civil Registration Records Part 1

This class is an introduction to finding and interpreting civil German birth, marriage, and death records, which contain much more specific information than parish church records. Locating these records through available resources is only the first step in tracing your German ancestry.

Let Your Skeletons Dance!

Join us for our annual "Let Your Skeletons Dance!" Lock-In on October 24th from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Attendees will be "locked-in" to enjoy a delicious buffet and have until midnight to do genealogical research in a fun environment.

Genealogy Blogs

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.

Genealogy Conferences – Getting Out in the Genealogy Community

Recently, I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This is an annual genealogy conference that meets at a difference location in the United States each year. Conferences such as FGS provide wonderful opportunities to learn new genealogical techniques and tips as well as meet fellow genealogists. Topics at the 2014 FGS conference were diverse; sessions included “Publish!

Why Trace Your Family Tree?

Genealogy research is one of the fastest growing hobbies. Recent digitization efforts seem to have unleashed a firestorm of interest in searching for information about ancestors and have made research much easier, as well. But why do some folks have such a passion for genealogical research? Do you have a family member or friend that is interested in it and you just can’t understand why?

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