The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of February. 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.
Beginning Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6 p.m. Feb. 1. 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.
Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. 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 German Ancestors: 6 p.m. Feb. 8. Do you have a German ancestor in your family tree? Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research. A brief history of Germany and former German lands will be presented, as well as resources available at Midwest Genealogy Center and online.
Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 2 p.m. Feb. 8. 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.
Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area: 2 p.m. Feb. 10. In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days that included building a barricade against an Indian attack, court-martials for stealing whiskey, and celestial examinations to plan the trip upriver.
Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. Feb. 12. 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.
Census Records Research: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. 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 each federal census.
Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. 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.
Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 15. 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.
Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. 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.
Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 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.
George Washington Carver: America’s Leonardo da Vinci: For adults, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Born a slave in southwest Missouri and then abducted by outlaws, orphaned, and shunned at the local school, George Washington Carver persevered to become one of the nation’s finest scientists and inventors. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument for a look at Carver’s life, his efforts to help African American farmers, and his contributions to American society.
African American Genealogical Research: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Learn about the various record sources and Kansas City-area repositories that could lead you to discover your African American ancestors with local historian and veteran genealogy researcher David W. Jackson.
Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
An Enduring Legacy: Researching Your History to Tell Your Story: 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Whether your interest in genealogy is old or new, there is always room to learn more about researching and preserving family history. Join the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) and the Midwest Genealogy Center for a special open house and guest speaker exploring strategies and techniques for uncovering and preserving your family’s story.
Using Fold3: For beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 28. 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.
– Jillayne Ritchie