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

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.

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

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.

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