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.

Winding the Clock: Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse

Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

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.

Indexing Night at MGC

Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable.

Genealogy Blogs

The Difference Between Microfilm and Microfiche

There are many ways to save genealogical information these days. But for many years, the most popular was microfilm and microfiche. With the right type of materials and filming, microfilm can have a shelf life of 200 years! A microfilm looks like a movie film reel, but is much smaller. A microfiche is a card that is 105 x148 mm in size. 

Book Review: Seventy Years On the Frontier: Alexander Majors' Memoirs Of a Lifetime On the Border

Wolves and bears in western Missouri? According to Alexander Majors, there once were, and he would know. He came to rural Jackson County as a boy, a log-cabin frontier experience, long before he built the home on State Line Road.

In One Era and Out the Other

Serena Ebhardt discovered she was pregnant on the morning of September 11, 2001. When she heard the news of the Twin Towers destruction, she questioned whether or not she wanted to bring a child into this crazy world. Serena began looking at other eras of the 20th century, and discovered new challenges in each decade. So she began, as a healing process, exploring these eras through the music and historical events of those times.

Book Review: The Tintype In America, 1856-1880

If you have an old photo or tintype in your possession, you may want to know more about it: the time period, photographic companies, and the localities of various types. All of this is covered in The Tintype in America, 1856-1880, a reference book by Janice G. Schimmelman. 

MGC Writing Programs

Many genealogists trace names, dates, and places. Others want to know the stories beyond the facts. The only way they can learn those stories is if someone preserved them. The act of writing your story is an act of love, and your children, grandchildren, and descendants want to know who you are.

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