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

Using Funeral Home Records for Genealogy

Genealogy is the pursuit of information on individuals and families. Many times, records generated by someone’s death can bring a wealth of information on that person’s life. Death records, obituaries, and burial notices can provide clues to what that person was like but also can provide information on their family members. Often, family history researchers will overlook one important piece in the burial process: the funeral home. That’s right; funeral home records are another great resource to find out information on your ancestors.

My Pot of Gold

When I first became interested in genealogy more than 25 years ago, I began by asking my mother for stories about our family in Australia. She told me all kinds of stories, but there was one in particular I remembered. The story went that our family had once owned a castle in Ireland and then lost it through unknown circumstances. My mom did not really believe the story, but it was something she had heard about growing up. I was curious about where the story originated and if any part of it was true. 

Path to Citizenship

Immigration and naturalization research can be a rewarding part of a genealogist's family history journey. Most of us have ancestors who immigrated to the United States from other countries. By following each person’s path to citizenship, we learn more about our ancestors. 

Find Yourself after Adoption

One of the most difficult challenges in genealogy research is coming up against an adoption brick wall. The Midwest Genealogy Center receives many questions about adoption issues and has different types of resources that can help—from books to periodicals to online resources. Along with these resources, a two-part program, Adoptees: Search for Your Biological Parents, featuring Dorene Johnson, will be presented at MGC on February 21 and 28.

FANning Yourself Genealogy Gold

Did you know that each of your ancestors had a FAN club? Yes, you read that correctly, and these FANs (friends, associates, and neighbors) can provide genealogy gold. Also known as cluster genealogy, this technique helps you find the people who interacted with your ancestor. Let’s say you’re trying to find an ancestor, but they seem to have disappeared. Sometimes knowing their FAN club can help you find the perfect clue. 

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