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.

Germans From Russia: History and Research

Join genealogist Mike Meisinger for a two-part examination of the Russian-Germans. The first session examines German migration to Russia's Volga region. The second explores techniques to research Russian-German genealogy.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library

Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

Out of the Old: Creating Stories from Your Ethnic and Cultural Heritage

Join master storyteller Adam Booth in an exploration of the universal elements and archetypes of folklore then exercise your creativity by creating a story. Storytellers of all experience levels are welcome.

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Expand Your Brain Cells at MGC!

The classes at Midwest Genealogy Center are some of the best in the area. We cover the basics of Beginning Genealogy, Internet, How to Use the Midwest Genealogy Center, and Census Records once a month. Some of the other topics include: Researching female relatives, Church records, Colonial immigration, Organization, and French research.

Modra Pottery Display

Come by and see the new display of Modra pottery here in the Midwest Genealogy Center on loan from the collection of Charlotte M. 

Modra, a city in the Bratislava region of Slovakia, has been one of the leading craft centers of Slovakia since the 17th century. The ceramic and marjolica production started in the 19th century.  After being hand-thrown and fired in the kiln, the pottery is whitewashed and then hand painted without the use of patterns. The designs are all freehand.

NGS 2011 Conference

I’m just back from the National Genealogical Society conference that was held in Charleston, South Carolina, and I’d like to share a bit of what I saw and learned there!  Opening session was GREAT! The Charleston Police Bagpipes and Drums, the Knights of Columbus Color Guard, and U.S.

George Caleb Bingham

The "Bingham Lady", Patricia Moss, presented a genealogical abstract using the paintings of George Caleb Bingham on March 22, 2011. Bingham, who painted in the 1850s and 1860s, is well known for his portraits of local families and his political prints, including Order #11.

Women in Missouri during the Civil War

Barbara Hughes does a powerful portrayal of women of the 1800s. She has graced our classroom as Narcissa Whitman and Ann Everett, but on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Barbara will tell Laura Bridges’s story. The audience will become entranced by the story of Women in Missouri During the Civil War, and will be able to imagine their own grandparents or great-grandparents going through similar tribulations.

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