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.

Night Before Christmas Carol

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol."

Traveling West Point Trunks

From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, hear the stories of the fighting men and women that fill the trunks of West Point graduate Major Ernest Poff. Come hear, see, and touch these pieces of history.

Genealogy Blogs

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 and grandchildren, your descendants, want to know who you are.

Caught Between Three Fires: A Book Signing

On Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Tom Rafiner will be at the Midwest Genealogy Center to present his findings on Order #11 and the effects it had on western Missouri’s citizens. Author Tom A. Rafiner will be discussing the research and records he used in his new book, Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, MO., Chaos, & Order No. 11, 1860–1865. It took Mr.

"Cherokee Freedmen" with Preston Washington

Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

Preston Washington has done extensive research into the records of Freedmen, slaves owned by Indian tribes. Certain Native American tribes had close relations with African Americans, especially those in the Southeast where slavery was prevalent. Members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw) held enslaved blacks, who migrated with them to the West during Indian Removal in 1830 and later.

Start Your Genealogy In 2011

Have you been putting off researching your family history? Well, there is no better time to get started than a brand new year. The Midwest Genealogy Centers offers many classes, including beginning classes. Upcoming Beginning Genealogy classes are scheduled for Saturday, January 8th at 9:30 a.m. and again on Tuesday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m.

Tracing Your Scottish Family History

If you have Scottish ancestors, you will want to glance through Tracing Your Scottish Family History by Anthony Adolph. Published in 2009, an index of "Useful addresses" is included in this helpful research guide.

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