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Family History Month

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Family History Month

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October is Family History Month so it’s a great time to explore your family’s past with an online or an in-person visit to the Midwest Genealogy Center. Whether you know your ancestors back for generations or are just starting your family history research, Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center has tools to help you achieve your goals.

All you need is an Access Pass (Library card) to use any of these free resources. Sign up today!

Get Started at the Midwest Genealogy Center

Visit MGC

Visit MGC

3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055
816.252.7228

Open daily to the public. Access almost 750,000 on-site books, journals, maps, and more.  

Virtual Events

Virtual Events

Make a research breakthrough, discover resources, or attend an upcoming virtual event.   

ZOOM in for the annual Genealogy Lock-In Nov 13.

Online Learning

Online Learning

Videos by MGC staff will introduce you to genealogy, research, and resources.

Online Genealogy Resources

MyHeritage Library Edition

Research your family history using more than 12 billion historical documents.

LEARN MORE

ShipIndex.org

Use the index to find which books, magazines, websites, databases, CD-ROMs, and more, mention the ships you want to know more about.

 

Online Learning

Online Learning

Go at your own pace with Genealogy 101 on Universal Class.

Get Started

Enroll in a six-week, instructor-led course on Gale Courses.

More Genealogy Resources

More Genealogy Resources

View more free online resources for your research.

Make it a Family Project

Tell Me a Story Kits

Tell Me a Story Kits

Check out a kit to record and preserve your family’s stories.

Family History Forms

Family History Forms

Download forms and coloring sheets to build family trees and history charts.

Share Your History with Future Generations

Share Your History with Future Generations

Publish a collection of family recipes or a family history book using the Espresso Book Machine.

Earn a Badge!

Earn a Badge!

Boy Scouts can earn their Genealogy Merit Badge through an online series.

Teachables

Teachables

Search “Family History” to find worksheets to use with children.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids

Guide to Genealogy: Tips & Tricks on How to Uncover Your Roots and Build Your Family Tree is a great eBook resource for kids!

Read It!

Read It!

Search for “genealogy” to find articles about family history and heritage.

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