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 Irish Expert Retires

Maria, our wonderful Irish expert, has retired.  But never fear - she will be coming back to do Irish appointments after a needed time away.  Look for her Irish Expert appointments to continue later this year.  Maria joined the genealogy staff of Mid-Continent Public Library in November 2004.  A native of Dublin, Ireland, she quickly began using her knowledge of Ireland and its records to help researchers find their Irish ancestors.  The one-on-one appointments have always been the favorite part of her job and often led to tears of both the patron and Maria, as

From Angels to Hellcats: A Book Review

History is full of the stories of men, their wars, and conquests, but less often does one hear of the women who have helped to mold history. From Angels to Hellcats, tells the stories of some of Texas’  legendary women, both famous and infamous. The first woman’s life to be examined is Susanna Dickinson, who, along with her fifteen-month old daughter, survived the Alamo.

The Bus Stops Here!

The Metro has added a bus stop at the Midwest Genealogy Center!  The new Metro #286-Silver Route provides Tuesday and Thursday service from five other points in Independence, including the Independence MetroCenter, Olde Oak Tree Apartments, Noland Road & 39th, Social Security Administration, and Centerpoint Medical Center. Transfer options are available at the Independence MetroCenter, at the #284-Purple Route at 35th & Noland Rd. (Old Oak Tree Apartments), and at the #183-Green Route at Centerpoint.

Narcissa Whitman, Pioneer Missionary

Barbara Hughes began her presentation by personifying Narcissa Whitman. “Narcissa” commenced by explaining how she was called into missionary work in 1835, and then met and married Dr. Marcus Whitman. The Whitmans, along with Henry and Eliza Spalding, traveled to Fort Walla Walla in what is now known as Washington State. Through the slide presentation, as well as the information and descriptions given by Mrs. Hughes and “Narcissa,” the audience followed Narcissa from her missionary calling to the tragic Whitman Massacre.

U. S. Revolutionary War Flags

On display at the Midwest Genealogy Center is a collection of replica Revolutionary War flags courtesy of the Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Harry S. Truman Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Stars and Stripes, the Grand Ole Flag, the Star-Spangled Banner or whatever you call it, the thirteen stripes and fifty stars we know today is not the flag the country used during its battle for freedom. In the Revolutionary War, each colony, each military unit, had its own flag.

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