The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of May. 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, 6:30 p.m. May 2. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Beginning Genealogy: 10:30 a.m. May 3. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
• Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6 p.m. May 3. If you've hit a brick wall in your genealogy research, you're not alone. Get together with others to share helpful information, network, and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.
• Newspaper Databases: 6:30 p.m. May 7. 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.
• Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. May 9. 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.
• Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: For beginners, 2 p.m. May 11. 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.
• Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 2 p.m. May 12. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Using Findmypast: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. May 14. Learn to search billions of records to find your ancestors from all over the world. 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, 6:30 p.m. May 15. 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.
• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 6:30 p.m. May 17. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Family Fun at MGC: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 19. Moms, dads, kids, and grandparents, come to the Midwest Genealogy Center to create some new family memories. Make a family tree, find newspaper headlines from the day you were born, create your own family crest, and more. Enjoy a free ice cream treat.
• Czech and Slovak Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. May 22. Learn the basic methods for starting and completing your Czech and Slovak genealogy research. Join MGC for a brief history of the two nations, see how to deal with foreign records, and discover resources available at MGC and online.
• Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. May 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.
• Finding Your Italian Ancestors – Italian Civil Registration Records: 6:30 p.m. May 23. 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.
• Cemetery Art: 6:30 p.m. May 24. Uncover the hidden meanings of tombstone carvings and cemetery icons, and learn about the craftsmanship, materials, and geographic resources used in cemetery art.
• Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. May 25. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
• Using Fold3: For beginners, 2 p.m. May 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.
– Jillayne Ritchie