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Genealogy Gifts for All

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December 5, 2017

The holidays are the perfect time to share the love of genealogy with friends and family. The Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help you get started.

Have you heard family stories over the Thanksgiving dinner table? Imagine if those were preserved for future generations to enjoy as well. This is where MGC’s Tell Me A Story project can help. MGC has two ways for you to record stories, memories, and more. One way is with an Oral History Kit. These kits are available to check out for 28 days and allow you to use the recording equipment to save your favorite family memories. Each kit can be placed on hold, picked up, and returned to any Mid-Continent Public Library branch. If you’d rather have MGC staff run the recording, schedule an appointment to use MGC’s Tell Me A Story recording room. Staff will run the recording equipment while you record the memories. 

Another fun idea is providing someone with a portion of their family tree. While it would be nice to provide someone’s history all the way back, thinking smaller is no less welcome. Using MGC’s easy-to-fill-out Four Generation Chart, you can record a person, their parents, their grandparents, and even great and great-great-grandparents. All you’ll need is some information from your gift receiver and you can begin. Remember, MGC staff will be here to help you along the way!

If MGC and MCPL’s resources get you excited, you probably know someone else who would like to use these resources as well. Remind them that they can sign up for a Library card in person at any MCPL branch as well as online through MCPL’s website. This covers Missouri residents of Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties as well as people living in reciprocal library systems in Andrew, Buchanan, Ray, Lafayette, Johnson, Cass, and Henry Counties. In Kansas, this includes those living in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties and those in the Lansing Library System. Please see the webpage for further eligibility requirements. 

Looking for a way to gift your love of MGC? Don’t forget to pick up some fun MGC merchandise on your next visit. You’ll find tote bags and a whole lot more. There are lots of ways to give the gift of family history. What are some genealogy gifts that you have given?

Nicole S.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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