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.

Creating Genealogy Heritage Albums

Heritage albums are a great way to preserve family history. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats.

Civil War Santa

Join storyteller Jim "Two Crows" Wallen dressed as Nast's Santa as he shares the history of Santa, holiday tales from North and South, and how the Civil War reshaped Christmas in America.

Indexing Night at MGC

Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable.

Genealogy Blogs

That’s for Old People!

"That’s for old people!" is a commonly heard phrase when young people hear the word genealogy. The misconception that genealogy is boring or only for old people ends as soon as a youth finds that first document containing a family member. Then genealogy becomes something fun for them.

The Gift of Knowledge

An Arapaho phrase says, “If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.” Researching your Native American ancestors can be a challenge because there are 566 federally recognized tribes, but understanding the records and how to search them will help you find your family. 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I hear oral histories! What is an oral history? Simply the recording of a part of a person’s life. A single story about something that happened—the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met. Or the story of Dad serving in the Gulf Wars. Or what life was like growing up in the 1950s. Or the story of working as a cab driver for 30 years. You get the idea! Any part of a person’s life that was important and should be saved for future generations to hear.

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

Exactly 75 years ago, Japanese airplanes bombed Pearl Harbor and propelled the United States into World War II. It’s estimated that 64 million people died in World War II, and by the end of the war, not only was the United States changed but the world as well. By 1945, the number of U.S. military personnel was counted at 12,209,238, which means many of today’s genealogists have at least one ancestor who participated. Whether you are looking for historical or genealogical resources, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library have you covered.

Save the Date for MGC’s Spring Seminar 2017!

The Midwest Genealogy Center is proud to present Judy Russell, the “Legal Genealogist,” for the 2017 Spring Seminar! Judy holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a nationally known Certified Genealogical Lecturer and Certified Genealogist. Judy presents at many regional conferences and has an impressive list of fascinating lectures and an engaging sense of humor.

MGC’s Spring Seminar will be Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Adam’s Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. The day’s featured lectures include:

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