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

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.

Leila’s Hair Museum

The Midwest Genealogy Center has many displays of various types, and there is always something new to see there. Right now you can see a sampling of hair wreaths from Leila’s Hair Museum. The museum, which is located on Noland Road in Independence, Missouri, boasts well over 100 hair wreaths, as well as an assortment of jewelry and other artifacts that are made of, or at least contain, human hair.

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