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.

Genealogy Blogs

MGC's Research Checklist

Have you ever felt confused by all of your genealogy information? Like you are swimming in so many facts that it is hard to keep your head above the water? Well, the Midwest Genealogy Center has a new form that will hopefully help to alleviate your research hardships. Our new form is the Research Checklist. The primary purpose of the checklist is to keep track of what information you have already found on an individual and what you need to be looking for.

Red Flags in Your Medical Family History

In the November 9, 2010 Kansas City Star, there is an article entitled "When Your Family Gathers for Holiday, Create a Family Health History."  [page A1]  The Associated Press article talks about the value of spending some holiday family time to question your relatives about your family’s health history.

Roots of Country Music

Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.

Always Double Check Your Indices

We are all human, and therefore, errors abound, even in genealogy.

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.

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