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 Civil War ended in 1865, but in Missouri lawlessness was continued by ex-Confederate soldiers Frank and Jesse James. Join us to take a look into this exciting part of local history.

A Portrait of Virgil Thomson

Native Kansas Citian Virgil Thomson is the most important American composer you've never heard of. Musicologist Andrew Granade details his career, which included a collaboration with Gertrude Stein and a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1949.

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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