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.

Defying Slavery: The Enduring Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights

Author of On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, historian Diane Mutti Burke tells the heroic story of how African Americans resisted slavery and thereby set the stage for the post-emancipation struggle.

The Irish: Your Search Starts Here

You might get to go to Ireland someday to find your Irish, but you can start your research into Irish records here before you take that trip. Learn about the websites, the jurisdictions of Ireland, and the types of records.

Black Hand Strawman

"Black Hand Strawman" is both a book and film by Terence O'Malley that goes into profound detail regarding the history of Kansas City's criminal past. Unbeknownst to many, Kansas City had one of the most effective organized crime systems in the United States.

Genealogy Blogs

Miss Bennett’s Dream

As I perused Kentucky Explorer, a periodical in our collection, I noticed a nostalgic story about a remarkable humanitarian, Miss Sue Bennett.

Serendipity With a Periodical

In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.

Genealogy Is Contagious

The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.

MGC – A Social Media Maverick

Recently, the Midwest Genealogy Center’s blogs were recognized by Family Tree Magazine. In their Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow, they write “This blog is key to accessing the latest offerings from this genealogical treasure.

Backwards Basketball Brackets

The other day, I saw a basketball bracket flash on the TV screen for a second. I did a double-take because I was thinking “genealogy chart.” It had never hit me before that these two diagrams are almost identical, but work in reverse of each other.

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