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.

Brick Wall Discussion Group

Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.

Kansas City, Our Collective Memories

What we collect as individuals becomes a part of our collective legacy as a community. Join author Bruce Mathews as he shares what Kansas City citizens hold dear and what it says about them and our community.

Kansas City Women of Independent Minds

Meet the women who made Kansas City and Jackson County history. Follow local historian David W. Jackson on a journey through time from the early 1800s to present and discover Kansas City’s "herstory".

Genealogy Blogs

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.

Experience the Luck of the Irish at MGC’s Spring Seminar

Have you discovered Irish ancestry in your family tree? Maybe you’re researching family stories that swear great-great-grandfather was from County Cork? Perhaps the luck-o-the Irish has abandoned you? If this sounds familiar, help is here.

Who Owned the Land?

Property and land research can be exciting avenues to help discover more about your ancestors. Finding out where your ancestor lived and what type of property they may have owned provides more details about their lives. Or maybe, you’ve just bought a new house and you would like to know more about its history. The Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help. 

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