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

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.

Young People and Old America

The Roots of a Nation exhibit at the Midwest Genealogy Center is a fun way to introduce young people to the Revolutionary War era. This exhibit contains authentic artifacts from the 1790s, many of which belonged to George and Martha Washington.

The artifacts seem to fascinate the under-12-years-old crowd. The boys of Blue Springs Cub Pack 813 enjoyed talking to re-enactor James Scott on their visit. The Roots of a Nation exhibit continues through 21 August 2011. Groups are encouraged to call ahead.

Researching American Indian Blood Lines

The Midwest Genealogy Center has many resources for researching your American Indian ancestors. For instance, Cecelia Svinth Carpenter describes in her book, How to Research American Indian Blood Lines, where Native American information can be found, including libraries, courts, the National Archives, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

War of 1812 Pension Applications

The War of 1812 (1812-1815) will celebrate its bicentennial beginning next year. This war has often been called the "forgotten war." It was a conflict between the United States and the British Empire, including Canada. There were a number of reasons for the United States to declare war. One of those reasons was the impressment of American merchant seamen into the Royal Navy, and another reason was the desire of the U.S. to expand into the Northwest Territory.

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