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

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

Vital Records Within the Barbour Collection

I had discovered a while ago that one branch of my family tree contained ancestors who were from Connecticut but had not gone further with my research. Recently, a customer came into Midwest Genealogy Center asking if the Library had the Barbour Collection. I had never heard of this and asked the customer what was in this resource. He told me that it was a collection of Connecticut vital records. I did a quick search of Mid-Continent Public Library’s catalog and found out that, yes, MGC does have copies.

Take a Quick Look at This!

Are you missing a piece of your family puzzle? An obituary or a wedding announcement may be just what you need. Recently, I was trying to find the maiden name of one of my ancestors. My search for a marriage record among church records was unsuccessful. I found her death certificate, but unfortunately, it did not list her parents. I was out of ideas until I came across a wedding announcement for her daughter.

Celebrate Black History Month at MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) are partnering to present a special event on February 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at MGC. This free event, A History of Military Service by African Americans, will focus on researching your African-American ancestry during the Civil War period.

Experience the Luck of the Irish at MGC’s Spring Seminar

Have you discovered Irish ancestry in your family tree? Maybe you’re researching family stories that swear great-great-grandfather was from County Cork? Perhaps the luck-o-the Irish has abandoned you? If this sounds familiar, help is here.

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