The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of July. 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, 10:30 a.m. July 2. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.
• Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m. July 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 Genealogy: 2 p.m. July 6. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.
• Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 10:30 a.m. July 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.
• Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. July 9. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.
• Indexing Night at MGC: 6 p.m. July 11. 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. July 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.
• Cole Younger and Frank James’s Wild West Show: For families with children 6 and older, 2 p.m. July 14. The year is 1905; after 25 years in the Stillwater Penitentiary in Minnesota, Cole Younger is reunited with his old friend, Frank James. Join these two alleged outlaws as they talk about their noted exploits in earlier times. Presented by Dave Bears and Gregg Higginbotham.
• Using Findmypast: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. July 16. 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: 2 p.m. July 18. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.
• The Two Charlies: 7 p.m. July 19. The 1950 assassinations of Kansas City mobsters Charlie Binaggio and Charlie Gargotta helped usher in the famed Kefauver Committee’s investigation of organized crime in the United States. Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley for a look at the criminal events that led up to the slayings and learn how they laid the foundation for the Civella Family to assume control over the city’s notorious mafia.
• Using HeritageQuest: For adults, 10:30 a.m. July 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.
• Walkabout at MGC: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. July 24. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.
• Tracing Your Immigrant Origins: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. July 25. The hometowns your immigrant ancestors came from in the old country often appear in the records found in their new country. Learn the steps to tracing your immigrant’s origin through records.
• Hidden Treasures at MGC: 6:30 p.m. July 26. 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. July 28. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.
• Using Fold3: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. July 31. 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