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

Halloween Time in Europe – Visiting Your Ancestors’ Graves!

Halloween and Europe? Do Europeans even celebrate Halloween?

Halloween brings to mind houses with spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating. While the American Halloween traditions are being slowly embraced in Europe, the prevalent activity to do during this time of year is to visit family graves.

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. 

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