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

My Ancestor Was an Author

I didn't know much about a distantly related cousin but decided to use one of Mid-Continent Public Library’s Research Databases, Historical Newspapers, to find out more about her. While searching for her, I ran across some interesting newspaper articles, including her obituary.

My Ancestor Was a Mattress Maker?!

Have you ever wondered what your ancestor did for a living? Were they a farmer, a teacher, or a seamstress? What someone does for a living can tell a lot about that individual. It can explain economic status, family businesses, and even position in a community. But where can you find this type of information? The Midwest Genealogy Center has a number of resources to help!

Discovering Civil War Ancestors

As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War winds down, many people are interested in learning if they have ancestors who fought in this conflict. Even if you know of a name on your family tree, what is the next step for gaining more information? Luckily, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help!

Just off the Boat

My youngest daughter came home from school one day very excited that I could help her with a homework assignment that actually had to do with my job. Her assignment was to find one of her ancestors that came through Ellis Island. Her three older siblings, who had the same assignment when they were her age, broke the news to her that we actually didn’t have any ancestors come through Ellis Island. I told her all about her grandmother who was our family’s most recent immigrant. She came from Australia and first arrived in America in Hawaii.

Meet Me in St. Louis…Microfilm

The Midwest Genealogy Center’s microfilm collection contains many types of records: books, newspapers, and more. While this collection is not found in Mid-Continent Public Library’s catalog, you can still access the information through the many microfilm guides found on MGC’s website.

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