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

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!

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.

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