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.

With an Iron Fist: The History of the Cass County Home Guards

Learn the history of the Home Guard, from its initial organization to its disbandment in March 1862.

Rascals and Rogues

The American Civil War was filled with rascals and rogues who didn’t hesitate to bring wanton destruction on everyone who opposed them. Learn about the careers of five of fascinating individuals from Kansas and Missouri.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier

Ever wanted to know more about that famous ancestor who served in the U.S. Civil War? Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

Genealogy Blogs

Researching Your Musical Heritage

Music can be a powerful force uniting generations. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were musical? You may have some knowledge of their talents, or maybe you have inherited some musical instruments and wondered what songs they used to play. I have happy memories of listening to my grandmother’s music and her teaching me how to play the organ. Like me, you may be wondering how to preserve that heritage and find out more information.

Discovering a New HeritageQuest

Do you ever have that mad urge to do genealogy research at 3 a.m.? What are you to do when you can’t get to the Midwest Genealogy Center? Well, Mid-Continent Public Library’s online resources are here for you! Using your Access Pass, you can access many databases from the comfort of your home computer.

I’m So Blue

While looking through a Kansas City Social Register, I noticed some hints on etiquette. I was taught good manners growing up. I remember how appalled my mom was when my new sister-in-law slurped the milk out of her cereal bowl. We heard about it for years until my husband committed a worse faux pas. He allowed our children to slurp the milk from their cereal bowls. My mom was shocked to see such socially unacceptable behavior in her own grandchildren.

Printing on the Go

Did you know that you can print from mobile devices at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch? You can even send documents from your home computer to any MCPL branch for printing. And it couldn’t be easier.

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

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