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.

The Irish: They Were Tied to Their Land

This class takes you further into the Irish records available in the U.S. and in Ireland; with a large emphasis on land records. Attending Part 1 and Part 2 is strongly encouraged before attending this class.

The Irish: Your Search Starts Here

You might get to go to Ireland someday to find your Irish, but you can start your research into Irish records here before you take that trip. Learn about the websites, the jurisdictions of Ireland, and the types of records. Be sure to look for Part 3, "They Were Tied to Their Land.".

Kansas City River Quay Mob War

Terence O'Malley, director of the film the book "Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City" separates fact from fiction in this granular presentation of one of the most notorious mafia eras in U.S. history.

Genealogy Blogs

Coming Home Inspired from a Genealogical Convention

The recent Rootstech/FGS Conference gathered over 28,000 people in Salt Lake City, Utah for one of the largest and most exciting conferences ever created. I am still processing everything I got to see and do there and would like to pass on some reasons to attend a conference, if you are able.

Éirinn go Brách

Irish Americans are the second largest ethnic group within the United States and have created a lasting impression on the American landscape through industry, politics, and culture. Emigration began in the early 1700s as Presbyterians in Ulster (Northern Ireland) faced discrimination, economic depression, and unfair taxation from Britain. Those immigrants saw an opportunity in the Americas to escape their religious constraints, famines, and economic hardships by creating a new life in relative freedom.

Yes Indeed!

Looking at land records is not my first thought when it comes to doing genealogy research. Probably, many of my ancestors owned land. But how can that help me with my research? Land records, when used with other records, can help break brick walls in your research. They can help you distinguish between two people with the same name, put a person in a certain place at a certain time, and even list a spouse or children if property was transferred in a will. 

Immigrant Ancestors…What Next?

Immigrant ancestors can be found in most family trees, and my tree is no exception. A number of my ancestors on both my mother’s and father’s lines came through Canada first before ending up in the United States. I have always been intrigued by these individuals and hoped to find out more about their motivations for settling here in the States. I decided to focus my search on one individual, my 3rd great grandfather, Charles Pye.

Google+ and Genealogy

When it comes to genealogy, you have to find the tools that work for you. Have you considered using social media as a genealogy tool? I’d like to highlight Google+ (G+). If you have a Gmail account, you’ve already got G+. If you don’t, you’ll need to sign up for a Google account in order to access the features I’m going to discuss. There are three big topics you need to know about before getting started: circles, hashtags, and communities. 

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