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

Tintype Photographs

Have you ever found an old metal photograph and wondered what it was? Recently, I found myself in possession of several of these old pictures from my family history. These types of photos are called tintypes. Tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, began showing up in the 1850’s, and stayed around until the early 1900’s. Unlike the name implies, no tin was used, but rather iron. They were popular for several reasons; they were cheaper, faster, easier to create, and more durable than other types of photographs. The pictured tintype is of my great-great-great-grandparents and their family.

German Genealogy

Need help with your German genealogy questions? We have some classes that can help! On Saturday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m., we have Introduction to Exploring German Civil Registration Records with Bob Howe (this is a 2 hour class). You can register online or by calling MGC at (816) 252-7228. Then on Saturday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m., we will have part 2 of this class - German Civil Registration Records - Birth.

They Named Me Marjorie - A Book Review

After the death of her grandmother, Ann Zemke found two shoe boxes filled with diaries Marjorie Peterson had written for over forty years. But along with those diaries, something even more precious was found, a small cardboard book entitled, My Autobiography, My Life—Marjorie Peterson.

Who Do You Think You Are? -- The Book

You may have watched this TV series earlier this year, where a celebrity goes place to place to trace their family ancestry with help from genealogical experts. Did you know that there is a book by the same title, written by Megan Smolenyak, who was the chief research advisor for the TV series?

Recording Oral Histories

MCPL is sponsoring NPR’s StoryCorps MobileBooth, which will record interviews in Kansas City from September 9—October 2, 2010.  These stories are being sent to the Library of Congress and will eventually be available online.  To learn about recording your own story, a Recording Oral Histories workshop will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 1:30 p.m .  The speaker, Mark Meisenheimer, is a professional producer of recorded family histories and will teach participants techniques for taping their own oral history. 

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