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.

Researching Your German Ancestors

Do you have a German ancestor in your family tree? Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research.

Hang on Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory

Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

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

Caught Between Three Fires: A Book Signing

On Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Tom Rafiner will be at the Midwest Genealogy Center to present his findings on Order #11 and the effects it had on western Missouri’s citizens. Author Tom A. Rafiner will be discussing the research and records he used in his new book, Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, MO., Chaos, & Order No. 11, 1860–1865. It took Mr.

"Cherokee Freedmen" with Preston Washington

Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

Preston Washington has done extensive research into the records of Freedmen, slaves owned by Indian tribes. Certain Native American tribes had close relations with African Americans, especially those in the Southeast where slavery was prevalent. Members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw) held enslaved blacks, who migrated with them to the West during Indian Removal in 1830 and later.

Start Your Genealogy In 2011

Have you been putting off researching your family history? Well, there is no better time to get started than a brand new year. The Midwest Genealogy Centers offers many classes, including beginning classes. Upcoming Beginning Genealogy classes are scheduled for Saturday, January 8th at 9:30 a.m. and again on Tuesday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m.

Tracing Your Scottish Family History

If you have Scottish ancestors, you will want to glance through Tracing Your Scottish Family History by Anthony Adolph. Published in 2009, an index of "Useful addresses" is included in this helpful research guide.

Family History Library Digitization Project

The Midwest Genealogy Center has an on-going cooperative project with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah to digitize many of the MGC’s copyright-free materials.

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