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.

Researching Your German Ancestors

Do you have a German ancestor in your family tree? Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research.

Hang on Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory

Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area

In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days.

Genealogy Blogs

Nothing to Write Home About

I have always thought about writing my personal history, but my life seemed like nothing to write home about. Do I really have any exciting stories to tell? Where would I even begin? The thought of writing more than a few pages about my life seemed overwhelming, but I began to wonder, "if I don’t write my story." who will?

We Want YOU to Volunteer at MGC!

Do you have experience researching your family history and want to share your expertise with others? Do you get excited when you talk about or visit the Midwest Genealogy Center? Do you care about preserving the past and have an eye for detail? If any of the above describes you, you might be interested in volunteering at MGC!

At MGC, we currently have over 50 volunteers who help in various capacities. Some of the volunteer opportunities include giving tours of MGC, volunteering at MGC special events, providing genealogy assistance, map encapsulation, and indexing. 

Genealogy Gifts for All

The holidays are the perfect time to share the love of genealogy with friends and family. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help you get started.

It’s in My DNA!

In the past few years, DNA testing has become an important asset to the genealogy world. But it can be intimidating if you’re not well-versed in "science speak." The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help.

Mayflower Descendants

Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, a time to gather and enjoy. It can also be a time to share family history or family stories. Have you ever wondered if you might have a Pilgrim ancestor hiding in your family tree? The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have resources to help you out.

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