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

Gone Fishin’

I really don’t know a lot about fishing, but I do know that it takes a lot of patience. Using microfiche (pronounced like fish) is a little bit like fishing. It takes patience to look through it and find exactly what you want. Just like finding a good spot is important to a fisherman, knowing where to look for microfiche can help you find the right record. 

Genealogy STATE of mind

As more and more state libraries, archives, and governments digitize their resources, the variety of digital resources available for genealogists has increased. It can often be overwhelming to try to find which state has digitized materials and which state does not. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help with locating these resources. 

Are You Ready to “Fall Into Genealogy?”

Do you like genealogy, family history, snacks, and fun? Then the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Falling Into Genealogy Lock-in is for you! Help us celebrate Family History Month, and register for this free event today. The Falling Into Genealogy Lock-In will take place on Friday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Maybe some of you may have heard of the saying: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. This expression references the bathing practices of the Middle Ages when people shared bathwater and only bathed occasionally. By the time the baby was bathed, the water was so dirty, the baby was in danger of being thrown out unseen. Even if this didn’t really happen, we continue to use the saying. The saying means not to throw out something valuable while trying to get rid of something not worth keeping. 

Don't Miss MCPL's Veterans Salute at MGC!

Don’t miss Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual Veterans Salute on Saturday, September 10, 2016. This year will honor the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. 2016 marks the first year that this event will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Join us for a day full of activities and learning.

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