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

Attend a Genealogy Conference from Home

Have you ever wanted to attend a national genealogical conference? National conferences are wonderful learning opportunities—from discovering new research techniques to networking with genealogists from around the world. Not everyone has the chance or leisure to attend these conferences, but what can you do?

Genealogy in Dictionaries? Yes!

Dictionaries may not be the first place you’d look for your ancestors, but give it a try! Like standard dictionaries, biographical dictionary entries are listed in alphabetical order, but instead of word definitions, you’ll find short biographies. 

Wills-what’s next?

You’ve found your ancestor's will. Yay! But now what? Where do you go from here? Your next step is researching probate case records. Almost all wills were presented in probate courts to be proved through a hearing process. Then the will was recorded and registered. The entire process can generate a gold mine of information for genealogists. 

Using Funeral Home Records for Genealogy

Genealogy is the pursuit of information on individuals and families. Many times, records generated by someone’s death can bring a wealth of information on that person’s life. Death records, obituaries, and burial notices can provide clues to what that person was like but also can provide information on their family members. Often, family history researchers will overlook one important piece in the burial process: the funeral home. That’s right; funeral home records are another great resource to find out information on your ancestors.

My Pot of Gold

When I first became interested in genealogy more than 25 years ago, I began by asking my mother for stories about our family in Australia. She told me all kinds of stories, but there was one in particular I remembered. The story went that our family had once owned a castle in Ireland and then lost it through unknown circumstances. My mom did not really believe the story, but it was something she had heard about growing up. I was curious about where the story originated and if any part of it was true. 

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