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.

Kansas City Union Station Massacre

On June 17, 1933, shots rang out at Union Station in Kansas City and forever changed federal law enforcement in the United States. Five men were killed in a flurry of machine gun and shotgun fire, and only after the assassination of mob boss Johnny Lazia did the FBI to come up with a solution to the massacre.

Indians and Archaeology of Line Creek

Have you ever wondered who lived here before you did? Whose house was here before yours? Many groups of Native Americans have lived near Line Creek. Archeologist Gail Lundeen will describe the archaeological evidence that has been found to help us learn more about the original occupants of this area.

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

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?

It's Not All on the Internet

I have been helping a friend with her genealogy. She was the recipient of some notes her mother’s cousin had made regarding the family’s genealogy. This cousin, named D. D., had done much research on my friend’s Burns family line. She indicated that William H. Burns married Martha McKittrick in Washington County, Kentucky in 1853. D. D. seemed to be a good researcher, and I was inclined to believe her, even though we found a marriage record for William H. Burns and Martha Stumpff.

Should I Pick Up the Scarf?

I love to read historical fiction, and if it has a little romance or suspense, it’s even better. (I know you are probably wondering since you are reading a genealogy blog, but don’t worry, it really does relate.) One of the things that I love about historical fiction is that even though the characters are fictional, the setting is a real time in history. I love to learn about the little-known parts of history or the everyday life that is so different than mine. My thoughts are similar when I research my family history.

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