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.

Hidden Treasures at MGC

Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC. This detailed tour of our collection will uncover how to use our periodicals, city directories, microfilm, federal, state, and county records, maps, archives and much, much more!

Using FamilySearch

Find out how to get the most out of using the FamilySearch website. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more.

600,000 Silent Voices: Were Your Ancestors There? Mine Were!

More than 620,000 men, women, and children died during the Civil War. Storyteller Jim "Two Crows" Wallen had 16 ancestors who served in the conflict. His program focuses on the people, not military or political actions.

Genealogy Blogs

Plea to a Parish

My goal this year is to learn Scottish genealogy research. That can’t be done in a day, so I learn by doing a little here and a little there. I received a patron request needing help finding a birth certificate from Scotland. Typically, with a consult request, we show the patron resources available to them for that type of research so they may do it themselves; since I didn’t even know what to do, I took on the research. 

Men of the 24th

Have you ever stumbled across old photographs with no identification? I’m sure many genealogists, myself included, have encountered this a time or two. What would you do if you discovered a photo that had historical significance with unidentified individuals? Would you try to find out who they were?

Digging Up Genealogical Resources

It’s a new year and a good time to make resolutions, like learning to utilize obituaries and data from headstones online, for your genealogical research. Information supplied at death can provide great clues to help find missing information. Oftentimes you can find maiden names, parents' names, and more!

Yearbooks: A Great Source for Family History

Have you ever wanted to know what your parents were like in high school? I was lucky enough to find several yearbooks here at MGC for the years my parents attended East High School. At first glance, I knew I would find their pictures in activities that they were involved in. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that one of the yearbooks had been donated by one of my mom’s teachers, and my mom had signed it! “Dear Miss Miller, This year I have been very lucky to get a teacher as fine as you.

Music of Christmases Past

This morning, I was relistening to one of my well-loved Christmas CDs, Christmas Night. As I listened on, a song took me back to the days when my husband and I were in graduate school as sacred music students. We spent a lot of time in the Wittenberg Library, which had a huge collection of records of all varieties. At Christmas time, we would check out one Christmas LP after another.

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