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

• Midwest Genealogy Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: 6 p.m. June 1. This is the Genealogy Centers 10th year at their current location! Enjoy refreshments and reminisce about the history of MGC. Learn about upcoming projects and programs, and listen to live acoustic music performed by the Frosty Morn Trio. (Registration is required.) From noon to 6 p.m., get your photos and documents (up to 8.5” x 11”) digitized for free (limit: 10 items per person) by the experienced staff of Scangaroo. Bring a flash drive to save your digitized materials. Visit Eventbrite.com and search for “Photograph Digitizing Day” to register for a 15-minute appointment time. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

• Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 2 p.m. June 2. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed.

• Who Was George Washington Carver?: For families with children 7 and older, 10:30 a.m. June 4. Before he became a famous scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver was born a slave, kidnapped by outlaws, orphaned, and barred from attending his local school. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument to discover how Carver persevered to help African American farmers and make major contributions to American society. 

• Beginning Genealogy: 2 p.m. June 5. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

• Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. June 6. 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: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. June 6. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. Basic computer literacy is needed.

• Creating Genealogy Heritage Albums: 1 p.m. June 7. We’ll work together to compile and organize our family heirlooms, pictures, family stories, and family trees in heritage album formats. This is your project time, so bring your album, exchange ideas, and enjoy conversation with other enthusiasts. If you haven’t started yet, you can bring photos to sort out, observe others’ work and learn various techniques.

• Newspaper Databases: 2 p.m. June 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.

• Using Interlibrary Loan: 2 p.m. June 9. 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.

• Census Records Research: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. June 12. 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.

• Irish Records Research – The Colonial Periods: 6:30 p.m. June 13. Are you researching your Irish ancestry? This class discusses Ireland and what records are available. Learn about Ireland’s jurisdictions, online resources, and information you need to know to trace your ancestors in Ireland during the early and late Colonial period.

• Celebrity Ghosts – A Field Trip of Reported Hauntings: 6:30 p.m. June 14. For many celebrities and politicians, death doesn’t end their time in the spotlight. Join paranormal researcher and investigator Becky Ray as she discusses why we continue looking for celebrities after they die as well as some “haunts” of history’s notable people.

• Using Findmypast: For beginners, 2 p.m. June 14. 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.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. June 15. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed.

• Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. June 19. Learn how to search thousands of resources—from history books to Revolutionary War records—with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy is needed.

• Irish Records Research – Waves of Migration: 6:30 p.m. June 20. Learn to trace your Irish ancestors as they emigrated from Ireland. Learn about pre-famine, famine, and post- famine periods in Ireland, church records, and civil registration records. This class picks up the research thread from Irish Records Research: The Colonial Periods.

• Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 6:30 p.m. June 21. 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.

• How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 2 p.m. June 22. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

• The March Sisters – 150 Years of Little Women: For families with children 6 and older, 2 p.m. June 23. Celebrate the sesquicentennial of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women with a celebration of the March sisters. Meet Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, and discover the reason this beloved story has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.

• Native American Research – The Five Civilized Tribes: 6:30 p.m. June 27. Learn how to research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records.

• Using Fold3: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. June 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 is needed.

• Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 2 p.m. June 30. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

– Jillayne Ritchie