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

Researching Your Musical Heritage

Music can be a powerful force uniting generations. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were musical? You may have some knowledge of their talents, or maybe you have inherited some musical instruments and wondered what songs they used to play. I have happy memories of listening to my grandmother’s music and her teaching me how to play the organ. Like me, you may be wondering how to preserve that heritage and find out more information.

Discovering a New HeritageQuest

Do you ever have that mad urge to do genealogy research at 3 a.m.? What are you to do when you can’t get to the Midwest Genealogy Center? Well, Mid-Continent Public Library’s online resources are here for you! Using your Access Pass, you can access many databases from the comfort of your home computer.

I’m So Blue

While looking through a Kansas City Social Register, I noticed some hints on etiquette. I was taught good manners growing up. I remember how appalled my mom was when my new sister-in-law slurped the milk out of her cereal bowl. We heard about it for years until my husband committed a worse faux pas. He allowed our children to slurp the milk from their cereal bowls. My mom was shocked to see such socially unacceptable behavior in her own grandchildren.

Printing on the Go

Did you know that you can print from mobile devices at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch? You can even send documents from your home computer to any MCPL branch for printing. And it couldn’t be easier.

Disowned for Drinking Spirituous Liquors to Excess

The Religous Society of Friends, or Quakers, is a group that is well known, but most people don’t believe they might have ancestors who were members. People may believe that these religious groups only lived in one section of the United States, so members wouldn't appear in their family tree. Quakers, for example, lived all over the United States, and people can be surprised, as I was, at who makes an appearance in their family history.

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