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

Stay Up Late with MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center will be hosting Lock-In: Late Night at MGC on Friday, October 13, starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 12:00 midnight. Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, this will be a great opportunity to dig deeper into your family history. All of MGC’s resources will be available for the evening exclusively to those registered for this event. 

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.

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