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

Printing on the Go

Did you know that you can print from mobile devices at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch? You can even send documents from your home computer to any MCPL branch for printing. And it couldn’t be easier.

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

Vital Records Within the Barbour Collection

I had discovered a while ago that one branch of my family tree contained ancestors who were from Connecticut but had not gone further with my research. Recently, a customer came into Midwest Genealogy Center asking if the Library had the Barbour Collection. I had never heard of this and asked the customer what was in this resource. He told me that it was a collection of Connecticut vital records. I did a quick search of Mid-Continent Public Library’s catalog and found out that, yes, MGC does have copies.

Take a Quick Look at This!

Are you missing a piece of your family puzzle? An obituary or a wedding announcement may be just what you need. Recently, I was trying to find the maiden name of one of my ancestors. My search for a marriage record among church records was unsuccessful. I found her death certificate, but unfortunately, it did not list her parents. I was out of ideas until I came across a wedding announcement for her daughter.

Celebrate Black History Month at MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) are partnering to present a special event on February 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at MGC. This free event, A History of Military Service by African Americans, will focus on researching your African-American ancestry during the Civil War period.

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