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.

Kansas City Origins: An Illustrated History

Discover the origins of Kansas City from Lewis and Clark to World War I. Learn about the rise of a river town on the Missouri River from a mud flat to the most important American city west of St. Louis.

Passenger Lists

Learn what types of passenger lists are available, where to find them, and how to search them. This class includes a brief background on immigration.

Victor & Penny: Antique Pop

Victor & Penny is a vocal duo that offers up antique pop from the 1930s and 1940s on ukulele and a lovely old electric guitar. With charm and good humor, they bring a fresh twist to old standards and some more modern tunes.

Genealogy Blogs

Dig Into Heritage Quest Online

How many of you enjoy using HeritageQuest Online? Am I the first to raise my hand? I find this website very neat.

What to Expect from a Genealogy Class

If you’ve been fiddling around with your family tree for a while and have made a little progress but don’t quite know the next step to take, perhaps a genealogy class is for you!

Questions Lead to Answers

Have you ever taken a close look at some of the questions the enumerator asked when taking the census? Some questions don’t seem very useful to a genealogist. (Yes, I do realize that censuses were not taken just so I could use them for genealogy.) One particular question caught my attention one day and became a way to track an elusive family. I found my ancestor on the 1855 New York State Census. Looking at the original image, I noticed writing in a column next to his mother and brother that others didn’t have.

Using Microfilm Guides to Find Genealogy Gold

Recently, I received a genealogy research request that brought me to a lesser-known part of the Midwest Genealogy Center’s extensive genealogy collection. The customer’s request was for information regarding an ancestor who had been investigated by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

Even Airplane Crashes Have a Silver Lining!

During a recent patron request, I was asked to look up the service records of an aviator who flew in World War II and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise. I knew that the Midwest Genealogy Center would have many different types of materials to help with this request, and I was right.

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