The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of October. 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, 7 p.m. Oct. 3. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

• Family History: The Perfect Social Media, 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The internet is the perfect tool to find, record, research, and share your living and ancestral family. Learn how to use blogs, wikis, YouTube, Facebook, and a host of other online resources to extend your family lines.

• Folk Songs of Missouri & Kansas, 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Join Under the Big Oak Tree for a performance of Ozark Mountain folk songs found in the Max Hunter Collection at Missouri State University. Hear the music and learn the history behind it.

• Beginning Genealogy, 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

• Index It!, for ages 11 to 18, 7 p.m. Oct. 10. 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.

• Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records, 7 p.m. Oct. 11. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy, 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

• Lock-In: Late Night at MGC, 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Stay up late at the Midwest Genealogy Center for a night of learning and fun! Use these extra hours to dig deeper into your family history. Stay fueled with food and drinks, and enjoy research breaks with games and prizes throughout the evening. Registration fee is $20. Registration is required through Eventbrite and space is limited.

• Using HeritageQuest, for beginners, 10 a.m. Oct. 16. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

• Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Missouri has its dark side, a history of ghostly residents, haunted locations, and eerie urban legends. Step into the darkness with a seasoned paranormal researcher for some hair-raising tales from the Show-Me State.

• We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music to connect with each other, cope with the complexities of the war they were fighting, and keep a link to the world back home. Authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner share the personal reflections of soldiers of every background to capture this central if often overlooked component of the American war in Vietnam.

• Using Findmypast, for beginners, 2 p.m. Oct. 18. 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.

• Researching Your Civil War Soldier, 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Ever wanted to know more about that famous ancestor who served in the U.S. Civil War? Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served in the Civil War as well as general information about the political, social, and cultural forces that affected their lives.

• Census Records Research, for beginners, 10 a.m. Oct. 19. 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.

• German Research Discussion Group, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, for beginners, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

• Walkabout at MGC, for beginners, 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

• Using Fold3, for beginners, 7 p.m. Oct. 25. 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 follow along.

• Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Perhaps nowhere in our community does the Kansas City story unfold more poignantly than in the life stories of the people buried in historic Elmwood Cemetery. Join photographer and author Bruce Mathews as he shares the stories of the people buried in Elmwood. The cemetery was founded in 1872 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This is an intermediate-level class.

• The Battle of Island Mound, 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time African American troops were engaged in combat in the Civil War. Explore this milestone in Missouri and Civil War history through an Emmy Award-winning documentary created by Motion Path Production in collaboration with Missouri State Parks.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy, 7 p.m. Oct. 30. 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.

– Jillayne Ritchie