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Digital & Archival Collections

A library’s collection is usually considered to be the books in the library, and patrons have to visit the library to see that collection. In the 21st century, however, our Library is now able to share some of the resources we have at our branches digitally through the Internet.

The Midwest Genealogy Center is full of genealogy and historical resources that are now being digitized and made available through cooperative projects with Familysearch and the Missouri State Archives.

Plat books are a treasure trove for genealogists, providing land ownership information on ancestors. These plat books are also excellent resources for tracing back the ownership of land you may own now. This digital collection, which includes actual, exact, and complete images of the plat books, and name indexes, were completed by volunteers at the Midwest Genealogy Center.

This digitized collection of published genealogy and family history books include histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. This is a collaborative and on-going project with Familysearch.

The Midwest Genealogy Center has an archival collection with a focus on Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri.  The archives consist of unique collections including original family research, military records, land records, photographs, and more. Collections within the archives include the Gann Historical Society & Library, Inc. collection, the V.G. Johnson collection, and the Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) collection.

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