The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of April. 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: 10:30 a.m. April 2. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 2 p.m. April 4. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m. April 5. 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.
Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 2 p.m. April 7. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. April 9. 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.
Newspaper Databases: 6:30 p.m. April 10. 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.
Dark Was Their Journey – An Original Play: 6:30 p.m. April 11. An original work by Kansas City playwright Jacqee Gafford, Dark Was Their Journey is set in a seaside resort where the widows of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X spend a weekend together reflecting on their life journeys. Featuring performances by Lynn King as Betty Shabazz, Sherri Roulette-Mosley as Coretta Scott King, and Karen Cline Wright as Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Using Findmypast: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. April 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.
Census Records Research: For beginners, 2 p.m. April 13. 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.
American Girl – Addy’s Civil War: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. April 14. Discover what impact the Civil War had on Addy and other children with historian and re-enactor Alisha Cole.
Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. April 17. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. April 19. Learn how to search thousands of resources—from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
Past to Print – Writing Your Ancestor’s Story: 2 p.m. April 21. Have you ever found a fascinating person or story while researching your genealogy? This three-hour workshop will help you find those stories buried in the research, apply the key elements of story crafting to them, and explore how those elements apply to genealogical writing. Students are encouraged to bring projects they are currently working on to receive guided instruction.
Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. April 25. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
Spit or Swab – Should You Use DNA for Family Research?: 6:30 p.m. April 26. Whether you’re looking for a biological kinship, your ancestry origin, a specific heritage, or a breakthrough in your research, DNA test results can offer answers. Join international genealogist Kathleen Brandt as she helps unscramble the mystery of using DNA tests for genealogy.
Hidden Treasures at MGC: 2 p.m. April 27. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the Library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.
German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m. April 28. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels welcome.
Using Fold3: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. April 30. 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