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

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I hear oral histories! What is an oral history? Simply the recording of a part of a person’s life. A single story about something that happened—the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met. Or the story of Dad serving in the Gulf Wars. Or what life was like growing up in the 1950s. Or the story of working as a cab driver for 30 years. You get the idea! Any part of a person’s life that was important and should be saved for future generations to hear.

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

Exactly 75 years ago, Japanese airplanes bombed Pearl Harbor and propelled the United States into World War II. It’s estimated that 64 million people died in World War II, and by the end of the war, not only was the United States changed but the world as well. By 1945, the number of U.S. military personnel was counted at 12,209,238, which means many of today’s genealogists have at least one ancestor who participated. Whether you are looking for historical or genealogical resources, the Midwest Genealogy Center and the Mid-Continent Public Library have you covered.

Save the Date for MGC’s Spring Seminar 2017!

The Midwest Genealogy Center is proud to present Judy Russell, the “Legal Genealogist,” for the 2017 Spring Seminar! Judy holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a nationally known Certified Genealogical Lecturer and Certified Genealogist. Judy presents at many regional conferences and has an impressive list of fascinating lectures and an engaging sense of humor.

MGC’s Spring Seminar will be Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Adam’s Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. The day’s featured lectures include:

Halloween Time in Europe – Visiting Your Ancestors’ Graves!

Halloween and Europe? Do Europeans even celebrate Halloween?

Halloween brings to mind houses with spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating. While the American Halloween traditions are being slowly embraced in Europe, the prevalent activity to do during this time of year is to visit family graves.

Gone Fishin’

I really don’t know a lot about fishing, but I do know that it takes a lot of patience. Using microfiche (pronounced like fish) is a little bit like fishing. It takes patience to look through it and find exactly what you want. Just like finding a good spot is important to a fisherman, knowing where to look for microfiche can help you find the right record. 

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