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.

Winding the Clock: Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse

Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Hang on Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory

Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

Indexing Night at MGC

Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable.

Genealogy Blogs

Finding My Past

My mom would have loved following all the media stories about Princess Charlotte, the newest member of the royal family. She was Australian and always felt a tie to the British Royal Family. In fact, my mom was sure that we were descended from royalty. As I started researching my genealogy years ago, I found that we had a few convict ancestors in the family sent to Australia. Although it was quite the opposite of what my mom envisioned, she assured me that that was a different line, and we still had some royalty.

Researching Your Ancestors Up North

When most people begin their genealogy, they come into the hobby with some preconceived notions about their family. I knew that I came from immigrants, but I assumed that they immigrated directly to the United States. Once I started researching, however, I came across a different story all together.

Are You Ready to Explore Your East European Roots?

Finally, you decided to track down (genealogically speaking) the branch of your family that you may have been putting off for quite some time. You knew your ancestor came from Eastern Europe, but your thoughts had always been - the language is hard to understand or translate, the country listed on the census is incorrect, they changed their names upon arriving in the US, and other obstacles that may have seemed difficult to overcome.

The United States Daughters of 1812 Wants You!

The United States Daughters of 1812 is looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Membership Workshop. Last year, four new members were inducted! The local James Kearney Chapter of the USD 1812 will be holding this workshop at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The main focus of this workshop is finding the evidence necessary for membership.

The Oregon Trail: No Two Journeys Were the Same

Did your ancestors travel the Oregon Trail? During the years 1840 - 1860, over 250,000 travelers used trails to migrate from the eastern United States to Oregon and California. For many, the promise of a better life, land, and jobs was the pull while others were escaping something. For all, the 2,000-mile journey was long and arduous. A good portion died along the way, about 30,000 over the course of these two decades.  

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