The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of February. Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-7228.
• Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m. Feb. 4 or 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.
• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 10 a.m. Feb. 5 or 2 p.m. Feb. 20. This detailed tour of the Center’s collection will uncover how to use their periodicals, city directories, microfilm, federal, state, and county records, maps, archives and more.
• Census Records, a beginning level class, 10 a.m. Feb. 6 or 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Explore the Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Learn what the government considered important about our ancestors and how we can apply that information to our genealogy research.
• Ancestry Library Edition, a beginning level class, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 or 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index and more.
• Using FamilySearch, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog and more.
• Walkabout at MGC, a beginning level class, 10 a.m. Feb. 12. Take a walk around the Center and learn about the resources available for genealogy and history research.
• Internet Genealogy, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 13 or 7 p.m. Feb. 24. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.
• HeritageQuest Online, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 or 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930.
• New Madrid Earthquake: Uprooted Lives, 10 a.m. Feb. 21. Dateline: 1811, southeast Missouri. Learn the history of the New Madrid Earthquake and what records are available for genealogy research.
• Falling in Love with Your African American Roots, 11 a.m. Feb. 28. If you have enjoy “Who Do You Think You Are?” or “Finding your Roots,” come join the Center and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition for a special event featuring presentations by Kathleen Brandt and Reggie James.
– Jillayne Ritchie