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

They Named Me Marjorie - A Book Review

After the death of her grandmother, Ann Zemke found two shoe boxes filled with diaries Marjorie Peterson had written for over forty years. But along with those diaries, something even more precious was found, a small cardboard book entitled, My Autobiography, My Life—Marjorie Peterson.

Who Do You Think You Are? -- The Book

You may have watched this TV series earlier this year, where a celebrity goes place to place to trace their family ancestry with help from genealogical experts. Did you know that there is a book by the same title, written by Megan Smolenyak, who was the chief research advisor for the TV series?

Recording Oral Histories

MCPL is sponsoring NPR’s StoryCorps MobileBooth, which will record interviews in Kansas City from September 9—October 2, 2010.  These stories are being sent to the Library of Congress and will eventually be available online.  To learn about recording your own story, a Recording Oral Histories workshop will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 1:30 p.m .  The speaker, Mark Meisenheimer, is a professional producer of recorded family histories and will teach participants techniques for taping their own oral history. 

In the Beginning... (or Let's Begin Again)

Are you just starting on your genealogy quest? Maybe, you’ve been at it for years and have just hit a roadblock. Perhaps, you used to do genealogy and are trying to get back into the swing of things. If you fit into any of these categories, then you might consider attending a Beginning Genealogy class at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Most of our staff members teach the beginning course, and everyone teaches it a little bit differently. But no matter which class you attend, you will learn (or perhaps re-learn) the basic principles of genealogy.

MGC's Irish Expert Retires

Maria, our wonderful Irish expert, has retired.  But never fear - she will be coming back to do Irish appointments after a needed time away.  Look for her Irish Expert appointments to continue later this year.  Maria joined the genealogy staff of Mid-Continent Public Library in November 2004.  A native of Dublin, Ireland, she quickly began using her knowledge of Ireland and its records to help researchers find their Irish ancestors.  The one-on-one appointments have always been the favorite part of her job and often led to tears of both the patron and Maria, as

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