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.

Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records

Learn the history of Italy’s recordkeeping, the types of records available, how to request records in Italy, and how to locate records online and extract their information.

Czech and Slovak Genealogy Research

Discover the basic methods to successfully research your Czech and Slovak genealogy.

Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes

Do you have Native American ancestors that lived in Oklahoma? If so, they may have been members of one of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, or Seminole. Learn how to research your ancestors using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

Genealogy Blogs

The Gift of Knowledge

An Arapaho phrase says, “If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.” Researching your Native American ancestors can be a challenge because there are 566 federally recognized tribes, but understanding the records and how to search them will help you find your family. 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I hear oral histories! What is an oral history? Simply the recording of a part of a person’s life. A single story about something that happened—the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met. Or the story of Dad serving in the Gulf Wars. Or what life was like growing up in the 1950s. Or the story of working as a cab driver for 30 years. You get the idea! Any part of a person’s life that was important and should be saved for future generations to hear.

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

Exactly 75 years ago, Japanese airplanes bombed Pearl Harbor and propelled the United States into World War II. It’s estimated that 64 million people died in World War II, and by the end of the war, not only was the United States changed but the world as well. By 1945, the number of U.S. military personnel was counted at 12,209,238, which means many of today’s genealogists have at least one ancestor who participated. Whether you are looking for historical or genealogical resources, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library have you covered.

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.

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