The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of November. 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, 10 a.m. Nov. 2. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m. Nov. 2. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2. 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.
Germans from Russia – History and Research: 2 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18. Discover the history and culture of the Germans who settled Russia’s Bergsiete region. Join genealogist Mike Meisinger as he shares the history of these German-Russian settlements.
Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For beginners, 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Newspaper Databases: 10 a.m. Nov. 9. Newspaper databases can be used to find genealogical information such as birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, probate cases, and interesting information about your ancestors’ lives. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.
Out of the Old – Creating Stories from Your Ethnic and Cultural Heritage: 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Learn to craft new stories – personal and fictional – using enduring folklore and narratives from the past. Join master storyteller Adam Booth in an exploration of the universal elements and archetypes of folklore then exercise your creativity by creating a story. Storytellers of all experience levels are welcome.
Census Records Research: For beginners, 2 p.m. Nov. 10. 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: 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Spend the evening indexing with your family! Gather information from records in books and newspapers, and 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.
Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.m. Nov. 14. 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.
Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: For beginners, 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Discover the computer/tablet/smartphone application Evernote and its useful features that will help you keep your genealogy research organized. Learn tips and advice to maximize Evernote’s versatility.
Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 7 p.m. Nov. 16. 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.
Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 10 a.m. Nov. 20. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed.
Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 7 p.m. Nov. 21. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Night Before Christmas Carol: 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel, has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 Christmas Carol characters and Charles Dickens himself.
Hidden Treasures at MGC: 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.
Using Fold3: For beginners, 10 a.m. Nov. 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 needed to follow along.
Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m. Nov. 30. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
– Jillayne Ritchie