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.

LOCK DOWN: Outlaws, Lawmen and Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri

Take a virtual trip back in time with David Jackson behind the iron bars of Jackson County’s historic 1859 jail and Marshal’s home.

Forgotten Warriors: The Role of the American Indian in Civil War Trans-Mississippi

Historian Arnold Schofield chronicles the role of Indian tribes played on both sides of the Civil War in the Midwest.

Blue Springs Connections to its Early History

Re-enactor Barbara Hughes portrays Rhoda Harris, who settled with her husband, William, in the Blue Springs area in 1832.

Genealogy Blogs

Genealogy Road Trip!

Summer is finally here, and it’s the time of year to travel and enjoy the weather. Going to visit relatives? Why not plan to visit the local library or archive while you’re there? There’s nothing better than combining traveling and genealogy. Let’s hop in the car and take a genealogy road trip.

Home Sweet Home

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? Who were the inhabitants? Maybe you’re looking to restore an older house and want to know more about its original design.

Organizing your Genealogy

Finding your family's history—names of ancestors, key dates, occupations, locations, and so forth—is the fun part of genealogy. For many, however, organizing this search tends to fall by the wayside; and yet, organizing your research can save you countless headaches down the road. For example, you don't want to research the same ancestor twice, search for a marriage license you have already added to your collection, or spend time looking through books you have previously reviewed. If starting to organize your research seems intimidating, the Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help.

Attend a Genealogy Conference from Home

Have you ever wanted to attend a national genealogical conference? National conferences are wonderful learning opportunities—from discovering new research techniques to networking with genealogists from around the world. Not everyone has the chance or leisure to attend these conferences, but what can you do?

Genealogy in Dictionaries? Yes!

Dictionaries may not be the first place you’d look for your ancestors, but give it a try! Like standard dictionaries, biographical dictionary entries are listed in alphabetical order, but instead of word definitions, you’ll find short biographies. 

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