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.

The Magic of a Simple Life – Celebrating 150 Years of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Celebrate the 150th birthday of Missouri writer Laura Ingalls Wilder with stories and pictures from her life and times as well as recordings of her voice and Pa’s fiddle. Everyone in attendance will receive a small activity booklet to take home.

Folk Songs of Missouri and Kansas

Join Under the Big Oak Tree for a performance of Ozark Mountain folk songs found in the Max Hunter Collection at Missouri State University. Hear the music and learn the history behind it.

LOCK IN: Late Night at MGC

Stay up late at the Midwest Genealogy Center for a night of learning and fun! Use these extra hours to dig deeper into your family history. Stay fueled with food and drinks, and enjoy research breaks with presentations and prizes throughout the evening. Registration fee is $20.

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Celebrate Veterans at the Midwest Genealogy Center

Join us at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Saturday, September 16, for Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual Veterans Salute. This event pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of our community’s veterans. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr. James Willbanks, a consultant for Ken Burns’ latest documentary for PBS, The Vietnam War, and General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth.

Native American Roots

Can you name the Five Civilized Tribes? They include Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes. Anglo-European settlers referred to them as “Civilized Tribes” because they had adopted similar culture and customs such as government, farming, and Christianity. These Native American tribes originated in the Southeast but were later removed to Oklahoma. 

World War II ancestors

Discovering a military ancestor can bring so much to your family tree. You can explore their service records, unit histories, and so much more. World War II was a war that affected people around the world and generated many military records. The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have numerous resources to help your research journey.

Out West with Your Ancestors

As the United States added more territory during the 19th Century, our ancestors started moving west. First, people moved to states like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. Then, many moved even further west to Colorado, New Mexico, and California. What types of information and records are available for these western states? The Midwest Genealogy Center’s collections can help you with your search for western ancestors.

Finding Your Ancestors Over the Seas

America is a nation of immigrants; many of our ancestors acame from somewhere over the oceans. It’s exciting when you reach this point in family history research! You’re off to another country, but where do you go next? What resources are out there? Do you have to travel to that country? The Midwest Genealogy Center can help you answer all these questions and more!

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