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.

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

Nelly Don created a fashion empire in Kansas City to become one of the wealthiest and most celebrated women in American business. Author Terence O’Malley tells the story of her fabled life and unique legacy.

Hidden Treasures at MGC

Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC! This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem's Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy

Are you looking for your family in cyberspace without any luck? This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the internet. This is a beginner level class for adults.

Genealogy Blogs

Save the Date for MGC’s Spring Seminar 2017!

The Midwest Genealogy Center is proud to present Judy Russell, the “Legal Genealogist,” for the 2017 Spring Seminar! Judy holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a nationally known Certified Genealogical Lecturer and Certified Genealogist. Judy presents at many regional conferences and has an impressive list of fascinating lectures and an engaging sense of humor.

MGC’s Spring Seminar will be Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Adam’s Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. The day’s featured lectures include:

Halloween Time in Europe – Visiting Your Ancestors’ Graves!

Halloween and Europe? Do Europeans even celebrate Halloween?

Halloween brings to mind houses with spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating. While the American Halloween traditions are being slowly embraced in Europe, the prevalent activity to do during this time of year is to visit family graves.

Gone Fishin’

I really don’t know a lot about fishing, but I do know that it takes a lot of patience. Using microfiche (pronounced like fish) is a little bit like fishing. It takes patience to look through it and find exactly what you want. Just like finding a good spot is important to a fisherman, knowing where to look for microfiche can help you find the right record. 

Genealogy STATE of mind

As more and more state libraries, archives, and governments digitize their resources, the variety of digital resources available for genealogists has increased. It can often be overwhelming to try to find which state has digitized materials and which state does not. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help with locating these resources. 

Are You Ready to “Fall Into Genealogy?”

Do you like genealogy, family history, snacks, and fun? Then the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Falling Into Genealogy Lock-in is for you! Help us celebrate Family History Month, and register for this free event today. The Falling Into Genealogy Lock-In will take place on Friday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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