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

Traveling West Point Trunks: For all ages, 2 p.m. Dec. 2. From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, hear the stories of the fighting men and women that fill the trunks of West Point graduate Major Ernest Poff. Come hear, see, and touch these pieces of history.

Using Interlibrary Loan: 2 p.m. Dec. 4. 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.

Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed.

Genealogy Scrapbooking Club: 1 p.m. Dec. 7. If you have an interest in genealogy scrapbooking, then this club is 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 welcome.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 10 a.m. Dec. 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.

Indexing Night at MGC: 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Spend the evening indexing with friends and family! What is indexing? Indexing is gathering information from records in books and newspapers and putting the information into a database to make it electronically searchable. Participants may choose to index FamilySearch records or MGC obituaries. MGC staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

Finding Your Italian Ancestors – Italian Civil Registration Records: 7 p.m. Dec. 13. 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: For beginners, 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy is needed.

Civil War Santa: For ages 12 and older, 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Illustrator Thomas Nast forever changed Christmas with his 1863 depiction of Santa visiting the federal troops at Fredericksburg. Join storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen dressed as Nast’s Santa as he shares the history of Santa, holiday tales from North and South, and how the Civil War reshaped Christmas in America.

Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy is needed.

Native American Research – The Five Civilized Tribes: 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Learn how to research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

Using Fold3: For beginners, 2 p.m. Dec. 20. 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.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 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.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 10 a.m. Dec. 23. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

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

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 10 a.m. Dec. 29. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.

– Jillayne Ritchie