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.

Negro League Baseball: The Deep Roots of African Americans in America’s Great Game

The Negro Leagues provided a vehicle for African American athletes in an era when racial discrimination froze them out of major league baseball and paved the way for racial integration in all professional sports.

Civic Corruption in Pendergast KC

Describing Kansas City as "corrupt" during the Pendergast era is a classic understatement. The fix was in on many levels throughout city government, but most prominently in the prosecutor's office and in the police department.

A History of Military Service by African Americans

To celebrate Black History Month, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.), are partnering to present a special event on researching your African American Ancestry during the Civil War period.

Genealogy Blogs

Experience the Luck of the Irish at MGC’s Spring Seminar

Have you discovered Irish ancestry in your family tree? Maybe you’re researching family stories that swear great-great-grandfather was from County Cork? Perhaps the luck-o-the Irish has abandoned you? If this sounds familiar, help is here.

Who Owned the Land?

Property and land research can be exciting avenues to help discover more about your ancestors. Finding out where your ancestor lived and what type of property they may have owned provides more details about their lives. Or maybe, you’ve just bought a new house and you would like to know more about its history. The Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help. 

Microfilm Room Upgrades

Have you heard the news? All of Midwest Genealogy Center’s microfilm readers have the capability for scanning as well as printing. Welcome to the 21st Century!

Give the Gift of Family History for the Holidays

Have you run out of ideas for unique holiday gifts? Would you like to start a trend for saving valuable family history artifacts? Would you like gift project ideas that are easy and fun for the whole family? Try giving the gift of family photos and oral histories this holiday season.

Bah Bah Black Sheep, Have you any records?

Have you ever heard the term "black sheep"? It is a term given to those who do not fit in with a group. While this may not be the nicest expression, genealogists LOVE when black sheep are discovered in a family tree. When these black sheep have had interactions with the legal system, it makes it even better as that means there will be many types of records to research. Where can you find these records? The Midwest Genealogy Center has you covered.

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