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.

Using Fold3

Check out this new MGC class! Learn how to use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served.

Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination

Join Dr. Brooks Blevins and Noel Boyd as they discuss the history behind the stereotyping of the Ozark region and its people.

How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine

Join author Terence O’Malley as he tells the story of how the Italian Mafia in Kansas City managed to thrive in the post-war years.

Genealogy Blogs

Names of the Dead - A Book Review

While browsing some of our books, I happened across one called Names of the Dead. The title alone intrigued me, so I picked it up to see what it was about. As the title implies, the book lists the names of the dead from the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Cemetery Art Class

Have you ever wondered what the carvings on a tombstone mean? Do you think they are just there to make the headstone look prettier? Maybe they are, but most of the time there is a specific meaning for everything that is carved into a stone. Some things are easily understood. A heart for instance symbolizes love, as do roses most generally. But what about that upside down torch or the pair of children’s shoes? Then there is the beehive, the trumpet, or the shooting star. Do you know what the meaning is for those symbols?

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II

War Bonds: the Songs and Letters of World War II at the Midwest Genealogy Center last year was quite a hit, and it is coming back to MGC this fall. War Bonds, presented by EbzB Productions, is a multi-media musical journey through a war that redefined the world. By watching several couples in the audience at last year’s production and their response to the songs and dialog, the program hit sentimental as well as soft spots in their hearts.

Book Review: Never Done

Have you ever said the words, "the housework is never done"?  If so, you are not alone. Women have been saying the same words for centuries. The book, Never Done by Susan Strasser, examines the role of housework throughout history. Strasser researched many primary sources, including advertisements, mail order catalogues, diaries, letters, and cookbooks to piece together daily life for women in the past.

Let Your Skeletons Dance

The third annual Let Your Skeletons Dance Lock-In at the Midwest Genealogy Center is scheduled for Friday, 29 October. Participants will be allowed to stay after closing from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Join us for an evening filled with barbecue, fun, prizes, mini-classes, and research!

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