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.

LOCK DOWN: Outlaws, Lawmen and Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri

Take a virtual trip back in time with David Jackson behind the iron bars of Jackson County’s historic 1859 jail and Marshal’s home.

Forgotten Warriors: The Role of the American Indian in Civil War Trans-Mississippi

Historian Arnold Schofield chronicles the role of Indian tribes played on both sides of the Civil War in the Midwest.

Blue Springs Connections to its Early History

Re-enactor Barbara Hughes portrays Rhoda Harris, who settled with her husband, William, in the Blue Springs area in 1832.

Genealogy Blogs

Where Do You Search When Church Records or Courthouses Burned?

Every genealogy enthusiast will encounter this at some point; you need a record, but that record cannot be found because a church or a courthouse was damaged. All is not necessarily lost! First, determine if the rumors are true that a repository has actually been destroyed and/or damaged. If it turns out that a courthouse burned during the Civil War, there are still ways to access the lost information. You can look for alternative records, partial records, or records that were later reconstructed. After a disaster, there could have been a call to re-record county records.

What does the map say?

Maps can offer rich details about an ancestor. They can show where someone lived, what that land was like, and even show how much land they owned. This last type of map is called a plat map. Plat maps were created by towns, counties, or any type of office that maintained land. These entities would map out property boundaries and land ownership. Information such as this can be a boon to genealogists; you can find out if your ancestor owned land and who owned land around them.

Passport to Happiness

Summer is here, and all I am thinking about is vacation (and, of course, genealogy). My family vacations don’t take me to exotic places, but I do get to see lots of family and do some fun things. I began to wonder if my ancestors took vacations to faraway places or if they simply took their kids to visit their grandparents like me.

You Never Know What You Might Turnbo…

Genealogists love finding clues in unexpected resources. Silas Claiborne Turnbo’s short stories are one example of such a resource. Turnbo wrote around 800 stories documenting the history of the Ozarks in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. In addition to recording the area’s history, Turnbo included a wealth of genealogical information.

Researching Your Musical Heritage

Music can be a powerful force uniting generations. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were musical? You may have some knowledge of their talents, or maybe you have inherited some musical instruments and wondered what songs they used to play. I have happy memories of listening to my grandmother’s music and her teaching me how to play the organ. Like me, you may be wondering how to preserve that heritage and find out more information.

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