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.

How to Date Old Photographs

Get tips on using items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken. Bring in one or two photographs for our team to help you date.

African American Genealogical Research for Beginners

Learn about the various record sources and Kansas City-area repositories that could lead you to discover your African American ancestors with local historian and veteran genealogy researcher David W. Jackson.

Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area

In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days.

Genealogy Blogs

It’s in My DNA!

In the past few years, DNA testing has become an important asset to the genealogy world. But it can be intimidating if you’re not well-versed in "science speak." The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help.

Mayflower Descendants

Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, a time to gather and enjoy. It can also be a time to share family history or family stories. Have you ever wondered if you might have a Pilgrim ancestor hiding in your family tree? The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have resources to help you out.

Grosse Ile: Gateway for Some, Final Stop for Others

Immigrant ancestors form fascinating members of our family trees. Much like the United States, Canada saw a large number of immigrants come to their country during the 19th Century. The history of Grosse Ile in Quebec encompasses the immigrant journey; some made it through to a new life, while others did not due to sickness and disease.   

Family History Month at MGC

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.

Access MGC’s Books from Anywhere

Have you ever wanted a genealogy book for some late-night researching? Normally, you’d go to the Midwest Genealogy Center, but the Library is closed at 3 a.m. Never fear! There are now two ways to access your genealogy needs 24/7.

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