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

This Thanksgiving, Don't Just Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be with family. When you are sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table, do you talk about sports?  Maybe you argue about politics?  Or, do you talk about family – about those who are no longer with us? Holiday times are a great time to ask the older generation questions about family. That’s also a time when more questions come up.  "Why did great grandpa go to California to live?  "What was grandma’s maiden name?"  "Where did my red hair come from?"  "What nationality are we?"  Sometimes other family me

Start At the Midwest Genealogy Center!

A great article by James Fussell in the Kansas City Star today covers professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt and her top resource - the Midwest Genealogy Center. She says there is no substitute for the library.

MGC's Research Checklist

Have you ever felt confused by all of your genealogy information? Like you are swimming in so many facts that it is hard to keep your head above the water? Well, the Midwest Genealogy Center has a new form that will hopefully help to alleviate your research hardships. Our new form is the Research Checklist. The primary purpose of the checklist is to keep track of what information you have already found on an individual and what you need to be looking for.

Red Flags in Your Medical Family History

In the November 9, 2010 Kansas City Star, there is an article entitled "When Your Family Gathers for Holiday, Create a Family Health History."  [page A1]  The Associated Press article talks about the value of spending some holiday family time to question your relatives about your family’s health history.

Roots of Country Music

Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.

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