Have you ever wanted a genealogy book for some late-night researching? Normally, you’d go to the Midwest Genealogy Center, but the Library is closed at 3 a.m. Never fear! There are now two ways to access your genealogy needs 24/7.
MGC is a digitizing partner with FamilySearch.org and their online genealogy book collection. In addition to MGC, you can find books from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and other public and academic libraries from around the United States. This means you have access to more than 350,000 county histories, local histories, periodicals, and more. Participating libraries are continually adding more resources every day. Due to copyright laws, not all genealogy books are allowed to be digitized. If an MGC resource is in the public domain, you can find it on FamilySearch.org.
So how do you access this online genealogy repository? One way is to go to FamilySearch.org Books. From this screen, you can search for titles, authors, or keywords. Your results will show all possibilities that matched your search. On the left-hand side of the page, you can limit your results in a number of ways, including by collection. Just click on the link for Mid-Continent Public Library-Midwest Genealogy Center, and your results will be limited to MGC’s books. Once you have found a book, you can download it to your computer as a PDF or print the pages.
You can also access all of MGC’s digitized books through MCPL’s online catalog. Search for your genealogy resources and on the catalog record, look for a gray box titled "Related Resource". Click on the blue link ("Connect to the resource online"), and you will be directed to FamilySearch.org’s viewer.
Remember MGC’s digitized books the next time the genealogy research bug strikes. What genealogy gems have you found in MGC’s digitized books?
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