The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of September. 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. 

• Using FamilySearch, for beginners, 2 p.m. Sept. 1. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. 

• How to Date Old Photographs, for beginners, 7 p.m. Sept. 5. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating. This is a beginner-level class. 

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, 2 p.m. Sept. 5. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. 

• Beginning Genealogy, 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. 

• Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering, 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Author Lou Eisenbrandt joined the U.S. Army in 1969 to see the world. As an Army nurse stationed at an evacuation hospital in Vietnam, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, even Viet Cong. Eisenbrandt shares her Vietnam experiences from malaria and hepatitis to massive head traumas and deadly bullet wounds. 

• Genealogy Scrapbooking Club, 1 p.m. Sept. 7. 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. 

• Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination, 2 p.m. Sept. 9. The people of the Ozarks have long been portrayed as moonshining hillbillies, rugged pioneers, and everything in between. Dr. Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University and author of Ghosts of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South, will discuss the history behind the stereotyping the Ozark region and its people. 

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 2 p.m. Sept. 11. 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. Sept. 11. 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. 

• Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes, 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Learn how to research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records. 

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 10 a.m. Sept. 13. 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 is needed to follow along. 

• The Artillery of Freedom: The Story of Lt. Patrick H. Minor, for ages 7 and older, 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Join storyteller and cultural historian Brother John as he portrays Lt. Patrick H. Minor, the only African American U.S. Army officer to lead an all-black artillery unit in the legendary Battle of Westport. 

• Veterans Salute, for all ages, beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 16. Join us at the Midwest Genealogy Center for the Library’s annual tribute to the service and sacrifice of our community’s veterans. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr. James Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. Other featured events include a sneak peek from KCPT’s upcoming Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary, military artifacts and memorabilia, fun family activities, and a pinning ceremony for all attending veterans. 

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class. 

• Lost Souls of the Lost Township, 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The Civil War more than touched the Missouri- Kansas border, and the proof is written on the headstones in one township cemetery. Join author, historian, and preservationist David W. Jackson for the story of a group of local women who suffered a horrible fate in 1863 and the current-day fight to save their final resting place from development. 

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along. 

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, 2 p.m. Sept. 23. 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. 

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. 

• Using Fold3, for beginners, 10 a.m. Sept. 27. 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. 

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, for beginners, 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed. 

• The Magic of a Simple Life – Celebrating 150 Years of Laura Ingalls Wilder, for ages 5 and older, 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Celebrate the 150th birthday of Missouri writer Laura Ingalls Wilder with stories and pictures from her life and times as well as recordings of her voice and Pa’s fiddle. Everyone in attendance will receive a small activity booklet to take home. 

– Jillayne Ritchie