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.

The Magic of a Simple Life – Celebrating 150 Years of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Celebrate the 150th birthday of Missouri writer Laura Ingalls Wilder with stories and pictures from her life and times as well as recordings of her voice and Pa’s fiddle. Everyone in attendance will receive a small activity booklet to take home.

Folk Songs of Missouri and Kansas

Join Under the Big Oak Tree for a performance of Ozark Mountain folk songs found in the Max Hunter Collection at Missouri State University. Hear the music and learn the history behind it.

LOCK IN: Late Night at MGC

Stay up late at the Midwest Genealogy Center for a night of learning and fun! Use these extra hours to dig deeper into your family history. Stay fueled with food and drinks, and enjoy research breaks with presentations and prizes throughout the evening. Registration fee is $20.

Genealogy Blogs

Italian Research at MGC

Have you discovered Italian ancestors on your family tree? Maybe you grew up with stories about your Italian ancestors and want to know more about where they lived in Italy. Researching foreign records is not hard, just different. The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library are here to help!

Check Out MGC’s Genealogy Gallery

The availability of genealogy information on the internet is a great help to family historians. You can now use your computer to find all types of research with a few clicks of a mouse. Finding archival collections and oral history online is no exception. The Midwest Genealogy Center now has the Genealogy Gallery, which is full of online collections for you to discover.

Genealogy Road Trip!

Summer is finally here, and it’s the time of year to travel and enjoy the weather. Going to visit relatives? Why not plan to visit the local library or archive while you’re there? There’s nothing better than combining traveling and genealogy. Let’s hop in the car and take a genealogy road trip.

Home Sweet Home

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? Who were the inhabitants? Maybe you’re looking to restore an older house and want to know more about its original design.

Organizing your Genealogy

Finding your family's history—names of ancestors, key dates, occupations, locations, and so forth—is the fun part of genealogy. For many, however, organizing this search tends to fall by the wayside; and yet, organizing your research can save you countless headaches down the road. For example, you don't want to research the same ancestor twice, search for a marriage license you have already added to your collection, or spend time looking through books you have previously reviewed. If starting to organize your research seems intimidating, the Midwest Genealogy Center is here to help.

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