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 Immigrant Ancestors

This class will teach you how to find the information necessary in U.S. records to start researching abroad. It will provide an introduction to passenger lists and tips for using their indexes. Resources will be identified to assist in locating and researching foreign records.

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.

Black Hand Strawman

"Black Hand Strawman" is both a book and film by Terence O'Malley that goes into profound detail regarding the history of Kansas City's criminal past. Unbeknownst to many, Kansas City had one of the most effective organized crime systems in the United States.

Genealogy Blogs

Discussing German Immigration

In 2000, the United States Federal Census reported that almost 43 million Americans claimed German ancestry, making them the largest ancestry group in America. That is a lot of history to be shared, and we can help you find and make sense of your German ancestry with many of our resources. For instance, did you know that you can piece together more than just your ancestry? Understanding the history behind why your ancestors came here is just as important.

New Records Are Marching Onto the Ancestry Website

Did you hear the news? The Ancestry Company signed an agreement with Family Search International, thanks to which Ancestry will add more than one billion already digitized records from more than sixty countries to its databases. Moreover, it will be adding approximately a billion never seen or published records from the Family Search vault in the next few years. Isn’t it fascinating?  

Miss Bennett’s Dream

As I perused Kentucky Explorer, a periodical in our collection, I noticed a nostalgic story about a remarkable humanitarian, Miss Sue Bennett.

Serendipity With a Periodical

In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.

Genealogy Is Contagious

The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.

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