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.

Creating Genealogy Heritage Albums

Heritage albums are a great way to preserve family history. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats.

Night Before Christmas Carol

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol."

Traveling West Point Trunks

From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, hear the stories of the fighting men and women that fill the trunks of West Point graduate Major Ernest Poff. Come hear, see, and touch these pieces of history.

Genealogy Blogs

The Bus Stops Here!

The Metro has added a bus stop at the Midwest Genealogy Center!  The new Metro #286-Silver Route provides Tuesday and Thursday service from five other points in Independence, including the Independence MetroCenter, Olde Oak Tree Apartments, Noland Road & 39th, Social Security Administration, and Centerpoint Medical Center. Transfer options are available at the Independence MetroCenter, at the #284-Purple Route at 35th & Noland Rd. (Old Oak Tree Apartments), and at the #183-Green Route at Centerpoint.

Narcissa Whitman, Pioneer Missionary

Barbara Hughes began her presentation by personifying Narcissa Whitman. “Narcissa” commenced by explaining how she was called into missionary work in 1835, and then met and married Dr. Marcus Whitman. The Whitmans, along with Henry and Eliza Spalding, traveled to Fort Walla Walla in what is now known as Washington State. Through the slide presentation, as well as the information and descriptions given by Mrs. Hughes and “Narcissa,” the audience followed Narcissa from her missionary calling to the tragic Whitman Massacre.

U. S. Revolutionary War Flags

On display at the Midwest Genealogy Center is a collection of replica Revolutionary War flags courtesy of the Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Harry S. Truman Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Stars and Stripes, the Grand Ole Flag, the Star-Spangled Banner or whatever you call it, the thirteen stripes and fifty stars we know today is not the flag the country used during its battle for freedom. In the Revolutionary War, each colony, each military unit, had its own flag.

Leila’s Hair Museum

The Midwest Genealogy Center has many displays of various types, and there is always something new to see there. Right now you can see a sampling of hair wreaths from Leila’s Hair Museum. The museum, which is located on Noland Road in Independence, Missouri, boasts well over 100 hair wreaths, as well as an assortment of jewelry and other artifacts that are made of, or at least contain, human hair.

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