October is National Family History Month and the Midwest Genealogy Center is your go-to stop for all things family history. Whether you’re just getting started, stuck on a genealogy question, or looking to find new ways to record your genealogy, MGC is here to help.
Getting started with your genealogy has never been easier. MGC has lots of resources to help you begin. Search Mid-Continent Public Library's online catalog using the search term “beginning genealogy,” and you’ll find titles such as Beginning Genealogy or A Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy. MGC also has CDs like Beginning African American Genealogy and Beginning Irish Genealogy, so you can learn genealogy on the go.
Maybe you’ve hit a genealogy brick wall with an ancestor who seems to have disappeared. Or perhaps you’re looking for more research possibilities. One option is to take a genealogy class at MGC. You could try Beginning Genealogy on November 1 at 2 p.m. You could also try the Brick Wall Discussion Group on November 2 at 6:30 p.m. This informal group meets every three months to discuss brick wall tips, advice, and problems.
If you’re looking for ways to expand your family tree, think about adding oral histories. Oral histories are a great way to preserve family stories and someone’s voice for future generations. MGC’s Tell Me A Story project has lots of options to help. If you prefer to record at home, you can check out a Tell Me a Story kit. You can keep the kit for 28 days, record your stories, and return the kit to MGC or any MCPL branch. Or, you can make a reservation to record your story using equipment at MGC, which staff will operate for you. With either option, MGC staff will process your recording, save it on a CD, and mail the CD to you free of charge.
MGC has many ways to help you celebrate National Family History Month. What are some ways you celebrate?
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