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.

Researching Your German Ancestors

Do you have a German ancestor in your family tree? Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research.

Hang on Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory

Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area

In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days.

Genealogy Blogs

Are You Ready to “Fall Into Genealogy?”

Do you like genealogy, family history, snacks, and fun? Then the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Falling Into Genealogy Lock-in is for you! Help us celebrate Family History Month, and register for this free event today. The Falling Into Genealogy Lock-In will take place on Friday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Maybe some of you may have heard of the saying: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. This expression references the bathing practices of the Middle Ages when people shared bathwater and only bathed occasionally. By the time the baby was bathed, the water was so dirty, the baby was in danger of being thrown out unseen. Even if this didn’t really happen, we continue to use the saying. The saying means not to throw out something valuable while trying to get rid of something not worth keeping. 

Don't Miss MCPL's Veterans Salute at MGC!

Don’t miss Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual Veterans Salute on Saturday, September 10, 2016. This year will honor the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. 2016 marks the first year that this event will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Join us for a day full of activities and learning.

Extra! Extra! FGS is coming to Kansas City in 2020

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced that their 2020 National Conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 2 - September 5, 2020. With access to national, state, and local genealogy resources in the Kansas City area, this is great news for genealogists both near and far. The Midwest Genealogy Center looks forward to welcoming the genealogy community to Kansas City!

MGC’s Website Has Been Selected As One of 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2016!

Every year, Family Tree Magazine chooses 101 websites that best represent current trends and innovation in genealogy research, and the Midwest Genealogy Center has been included within the category of Best Genealogy Library Websites. This is an exciting honor because Library staff have been working hard to provide access to quality genealogy content. 

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