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.

Germans From Russia: History and Research

Join genealogist Mike Meisinger for a two-part examination of the Russian-Germans. The first session examines German migration to Russia's Volga region. The second explores techniques to research Russian-German genealogy.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library

Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

Out of the Old: Creating Stories from Your Ethnic and Cultural Heritage

Join master storyteller Adam Booth in an exploration of the universal elements and archetypes of folklore then exercise your creativity by creating a story. Storytellers of all experience levels are welcome.

Genealogy Blogs

Out West with Your Ancestors

As the United States added more territory during the 19th Century, our ancestors started moving west. First, people moved to states like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. Then, many moved even further west to Colorado, New Mexico, and California. What types of information and records are available for these western states? The Midwest Genealogy Center’s collections can help you with your search for western ancestors.

Finding Your Ancestors Over the Seas

America is a nation of immigrants; many of our ancestors acame from somewhere over the oceans. It’s exciting when you reach this point in family history research! You’re off to another country, but where do you go next? What resources are out there? Do you have to travel to that country? The Midwest Genealogy Center can help you answer all these questions and more!

Italian Research at MGC

Have you discovered Italian ancestors on your family tree? Maybe you grew up with stories about your Italian ancestors and want to know more about where they lived in Italy. Researching foreign records is not hard, just different. The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help!

Check Out MGC’s Genealogy Gallery

The availability of genealogy information on the internet is a great help to family historians. You can now use your computer to find all types of research with a few clicks of a mouse. Finding archival collections and oral history online is no exception. The Midwest Genealogy Center now has the Genealogy Gallery, which is full of online collections for you to discover.

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.

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