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

Newspaper Databases: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3. 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.

Beginning Genealogy: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 2 p.m. Jan. 6. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. Jan. 8. 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.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m. Jan. 9. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11. 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.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12. 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.

Winding the Clock: Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Did you know that the Old Jackson County Courthouse on the Independence Square contains remnants of five previous courthouses? Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. 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. Jan. 20. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.

Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 2 p.m. Jan. 26. 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, 2 p.m. Jan. 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 needed to follow along.

Hang On Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory: 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Hear the fascinating story behind Missouri’s 1940 U.S. Senate race. Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary, Tom & Harry – The Boss and the President, to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast.

Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m. Jan. 31. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

– Jillayne Ritchie