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

Heartbreak and Joy at Ellis Island

Can you trace your ancestry back to the arrivals at Ellis Island? About one-third of the American population can. From 1892 until 1954, Ellis Island was the main port in New York City through which immigrants flowed into the United States. Learning about Ellis Island’s history, as well as the history of New York City immigration ports, can be helpful when exploring your ancestor’s immigration.

Coming Home Inspired from a Genealogical Convention

The recent Rootstech/FGS Conference gathered over 28,000 people in Salt Lake City, Utah for one of the largest and most exciting conferences ever created. I am still processing everything I got to see and do there and would like to pass on some reasons to attend a conference, if you are able.

Éirinn go Brách

Irish Americans are the second largest ethnic group within the United States and have created a lasting impression on the American landscape through industry, politics, and culture. Emigration began in the early 1700s as Presbyterians in Ulster (Northern Ireland) faced discrimination, economic depression, and unfair taxation from Britain. Those immigrants saw an opportunity in the Americas to escape their religious constraints, famines, and economic hardships by creating a new life in relative freedom.

Yes Indeed!

Looking at land records is not my first thought when it comes to doing genealogy research. Probably, many of my ancestors owned land. But how can that help me with my research? Land records, when used with other records, can help break brick walls in your research. They can help you distinguish between two people with the same name, put a person in a certain place at a certain time, and even list a spouse or children if property was transferred in a will. 

Immigrant Ancestors…What Next?

Immigrant ancestors can be found in most family trees, and my tree is no exception. A number of my ancestors on both my mother’s and father’s lines came through Canada first before ending up in the United States. I have always been intrigued by these individuals and hoped to find out more about their motivations for settling here in the States. I decided to focus my search on one individual, my 3rd great grandfather, Charles Pye.

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