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.

Germans From Russia: History and Research

Join genealogist Mike Meisinger for a two-part examination of the Russian-Germans. The first session examines German migration to Russia's Volga region. The second explores techniques to research Russian-German genealogy.

Night Before Christmas Carol

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol."

Traveling West Point Trunks

From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, hear the stories of the fighting men and women that fill the trunks of West Point graduate Major Ernest Poff. Come hear, see, and touch these pieces of history.

Genealogy Blogs

Mayflower Descendants

Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, a time to gather and enjoy. It can also be a time to share family history or family stories. Have you ever wondered if you might have a Pilgrim ancestor hiding in your family tree? The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have resources to help you out.

Grosse Ile: Gateway for Some, Final Stop for Others

Immigrant ancestors form fascinating members of our family trees. Much like the United States, Canada saw a large number of immigrants come to their country during the 19th Century. The history of Grosse Ile in Quebec encompasses the immigrant journey; some made it through to a new life, while others did not due to sickness and disease.   

Family History Month at MGC

October is National Family History Month and the Midwest Genealogy Center is your go-to stop for all things family history. Whether you’re just getting started, stuck on a genealogy question, or looking to find new ways to record your genealogy, MGC is here to help.

Access MGC’s Books from Anywhere

Have you ever wanted a genealogy book for some late-night researching? Normally, you’d go to the Midwest Genealogy Center, but the Library is closed at 3 a.m. Never fear! There are now two ways to access your genealogy needs 24/7.

Stay Up Late with MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center will be hosting Lock-In: Late Night at MGC on Friday, October 13, starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 12:00 midnight. Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, this will be a great opportunity to dig deeper into your family history. All of MGC’s resources will be available for the evening exclusively to those registered for this event. 

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