The Midwest Genealogy Center is located in Independence, Missouri. It is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, which is the largest library system in the metropolitan area in Missouri. The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering February activities for genealogists and family historians.
The activities are free. Registration is required. Check the Midwest Genealogy Center website for more details and to find out about activities planned for upcoming months.
February 2, 2017: “Genealogy Scrapbooking Club” This new genealogy scrapbooking club is for people who want to work together to compile and organize family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. Learn about new techniques and resources each time as you create a lasting legacy for your family.
February 2, 2017: “Introduction to Internet Genealogy” This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the internet.
February 3, 2017: “Using FamilySearch” Find out how to get the most out of using the FamilySearch website. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family tree,s using the Family History catalog and more.
February 4, 2017: “Tales of Chinese New Year” This activity is suitable for children 5 years old and up. Ring in the Year of the Rooster with storyteller Jo Ho and her festive tales from China, and march along as she leads the Lion Dance Parade.
February 6, 2017: “Beginning Genealogy” Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. This class discusses organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.
February 7, 2017: “Civil War in Jackson County” Historian Gregg Higginbotham tells the story of the Civil War in Jackson County and how the conflict turned neighbor against neighbor, father against son, and brother against brother.
February 9, 2017: “Findmypast” Learn to search billions of records on Findmypast.com to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include US and UK censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales.
February 11, 2017: “Cotton, Rag Dolls, and the Underground Railroad” This is for children age 7 and up. Kansas City’s connection to the Underground run deep. Hear stories about the people who helped escaped slaves travel to freedom in the North, and discover the importance rag dolls played in the journey. Then make a rag doll with creative touches that make it all your own.
February 13, 2017: “Census Records Research” Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete US Federal Census from 1790 to 1940.
February 21, 2017: “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 program is in two sessions. The second part is on February 28, 2017.
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