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.

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II.

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

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.

Discovering a New HeritageQuest

Do you ever have that mad urge to do genealogy research at 3 a.m.? What are you to do when you can’t get to the Midwest Genealogy Center? Well, Mid-Continent Public Library’s online resources are here for you! Using your Access Pass, you can access many databases from the comfort of your home computer.

I’m So Blue

While looking through a Kansas City Social Register, I noticed some hints on etiquette. I was taught good manners growing up. I remember how appalled my mom was when my new sister-in-law slurped the milk out of her cereal bowl. We heard about it for years until my husband committed a worse faux pas. He allowed our children to slurp the milk from their cereal bowls. My mom was shocked to see such socially unacceptable behavior in her own grandchildren.

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.

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