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Midwest Genealogy Center

3440 S. Lee's Summit Rd.
Independence, MO 64055

All events are free, but registration is required


Tuesday, February 28th, 6:30pm
Adoptees: Search for Your Biological Parents

Dorene Johnson, adoptee and author of "A Missing Piece of the Pie: Finding Myself After Adoption," shares her journey to finding her birth parents to help fellow adoptees ask key questions and create a solid foundation before embarking on their own search. This is part 2 of two sessions.


Thursday, March 2nd, 10:00am
Voices from Ellis Island

In this one-person show, Pippa White tells the exciting stories of seven immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island in the early part of the 20th Century. Based on interviews and memoirs, these fascinating stories are amusing, frightening, inspiring, and true.

Thursday, March 2nd 1:00-4:00pm
Genealogy Scrapbooking Club

Do you have an interest in genealogy scrapbooking? Then this new club could be just right for you. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. You’ll learn about new techniques and resources each time as you create a lasting legacy for your family! All skill levels are welcome.

Saturday, March 4th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Title: The Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar 2017

Join us for our annual Spring Seminar! This year we will feature Judy Russell “The Legal Genealogist”
Presentations Include:
1.) After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA
2.) Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
3.) NARA Myth busters: Your Family IS in the Archives
4.) Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep

Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 9:00am Check-In to 4:00pm Event Ends
Place: Adam’s Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Dr.
Blue Springs, MO 64014

Lunch will be provided

Register now from Eventbrite.com!

Monday, March 6th 2:00pm
Hidden Treasures

Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC! This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem's Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Antebellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts and Calvert Papers. We'll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but even more advanced genealogists will make some amazing discoveries.

Tuesday, March 7th, 7:00pm
How to Date Old Photographs

Most genealogists have a box full of unidentified photographs, usually passed down from generation to generation. Dating your photographs can possibly help you identify who the people are and where they were. We will give you tips on using items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken. Bring in one or two photographs for our presenter to help you date. This is a beginner level class.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2:00pm
Introduction to Internet Genealogy

Are you looking for your family in cyberspace without any luck? This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the internet. This is a beginner level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Thursday, March 9th 2:00pm
Using Findmypast

Learn to search billions of records on Findmypast.com to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include U.S. and U.K. censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales. Discover how to find articles using PERSI, an index to genealogy periodicals. This class will focus on searching tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. This is a beginner level class for adults.

Wednesday, March 15th, 10:00am
Beginning Ancestry Library Edition

Research your family history with Ancestry Library Edition. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index, and much, much more. This is a beginner level class for adults.

Wednesday, March 15th 7:00pm

Join us for snacks, socializing, and dissection…dissection of old records that is! Discover the fun of indexing as you identify vital information necessary for making family tree connections. This program is designed for ages 11-18.

Thursday, March 16th, 7:00pm
Discover Your English Ancestors Online

Finding your English ancestors could be a mouse click away. Join genealogist Claire Brisson-Banks for a look at several English genealogy websites, as well as learn helpful tips for using them in your research.

Friday, March 17th, 2:00pm
Beginning Genealogy

Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information. This is a beginner level class.

Saturday, March 18th, 2:00pm

Take a walk around MGC and learn about all the valuable resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, rare books, maps, and more. This is a beginner level class.

Monday, March 20th, 10:00am
Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy

Use InterLibrary Loan to expand the walls of your library and encompass a world of information. Come learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This class covers internet sources and archival research. This is a beginner level class.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00pm
Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy

Discover how the Evernote app can help you keep your genealogy research organized. This is a beginning level class.

Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00pm
Using Family Search.org

Find out how to get the most out of using the FamilySearch website. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more. This is a beginning level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Saturday, March 25th, 2:00pm
Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes

Do you have Native American ancestors that lived in Oklahoma? If so, they may have been members of one of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, or Seminole. Learn how to research your ancestors using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2:00pm
Using Heritage Quest

Learn how to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. As of March of 2015, HeritageQuest Online features a new every-name Census index, improved navigation, and many exciting new features. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, and ethnicity. HeritageQuest Online also includes Revolutionary War records, and Freedman's Bank. This is a beginner level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Wednesday, March 29th, 7:00pm
Census Records Research

Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. This is a beginner level class.

Thursday, March 30th, 7:00pm
Researching Your WWII Veteran

Piece together your WWII veteran's military experience using web resources, Library resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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