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

Black History in Periodicals

Picking up the Fall 2009 issue of American Legacy: the Magazine of African-American History and Culture, I found several articles of particular interest. From recent history, "Muhammad Ali’s Louisville" -- to "Journal on Jars," an article researching the history of an enslaved man’s ability to write poetry on the clay jars he made for his master, this magazine truly broadened my horizons.

Tim McGraw's KC Connection

The second season of Who Do You Think You Are? began this past week.  Which stars have a Kansas City connection?  Midwest Genealogy Center volunteer and professional researcher Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy did research for both the Tim McGraw and Ashley Judd episodes. 

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2

Are you ready for the next season of WDYTYA?  This popular series will be airing the first show of its second season on Friday,  February 4 at 7:00 p.m. (CST).  Stars for this season are:  Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Lionel Richie, Kim Cattrall, Steve Buscemi, Vanessa Williams, and Ashley Judd. 

It’s Never too Late to Start Your Genealogy!

Recently, I was helping a patron get started on his research.  I asked him if he knew someone who would have been alive during the 1930 census.  His response: "Yes, me.  I was."  When I asked what his birthdate was, he replied, "May the 5th, 19 and 11".  I looked him up in the 1920 Census, and there he was as a 9-year-old son.  So, we then had his parents' names, and I was able to help him go back a little farther.  I’m not sure how much research he got done while he was here that day, but he told me he would be back when he could spend more time.

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.

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