The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of August. The Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road in Independence. All classes are for adults, unless otherwise noted. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-7228.
• Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
• Brick Wall Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? You are not alone. Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.
• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 10 a.m. Aug. 3. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.
• The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers, for families with children ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II.
• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 7 p.m. Aug. 7. Learn to search billions of records 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. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Introduction to Internet, 10 a.m. Aug. 9. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Census Records Research, for beginners, 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help in your genealogy research. Learn what census years are available, what information they contain, how to access them, and the various information included on each federal census.
• Family Indexing Night at MGC, 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Spend the evening indexing with your family! Gather information from records in books and newspapers then record it in a searchable database. You’ll learn about history and genealogy along the way. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.
• Rebecca Hawkins and Mary Lobb at the Crossroads, 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Circumstances forced early Jackson County pioneers Rebecca Hawkins and Mary Lobb to make difficult decisions that had profound effects on their lives and those of their families. Join re-enactor Barbara Hughes as she portrays Rebecca Hawkins and tells the story of how these two women’s lives intertwined.
• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.
• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, 2 p.m. Aug. 22. Discover how Interlibrary Loan can take your research beyond the Library by allowing you to order microfilm and books from other libraries across the country. This class covers Internet sources and archival research.
• Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy, for beginners, 7 p.m. Aug. 23. This class will introduce you to the computer/ tablet/smartphone application Evernote. This app has useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized. You will also learn tips and advice to maximize Evernote’s versatility.
• How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine, 7 p.m. Aug. 24. After the death of political boss Tom Pendergast and the end of World War II, Kansas City organized crime became very active and very violent, resulting in some of the biggest hits in the history of the mob. Join author Terence O’Malley as he tells the story of how the Italian Mafia in Kansas City managed to thrive in the post-war years.
• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 10 a.m. Aug. 25. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Using Fold3, for beginners, 2 p.m. Aug. 29. Learn how to use Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. This class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records available. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.
• Researching Your WWII Veteran, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. 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.
– Jillayne Ritchie