The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of September. Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted, call 816-252-7228.
• Beginning Census Records, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. This is a beginning level class.
• Using FamilySearch, 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more. This is a beginning level class.
• Beginning Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. Topics: Organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.
• Beginning Internet Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 14. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.
• KC Garment District: Piecing Together the Past, 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Local historian David W. Jackson presents insights into the fascinating industry that clothed America with stylish garments that were “Made in Kansas City, U.S.A.” The KC Garment District once represented the largest market of coats and suits in the U.S., second only to Chicago. Explore the history, and find out what is left of the industry and the district today.
• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m. Sept. 16. 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 much, much more.
• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem’s Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts, Calvert Papers, and we’ll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but more advanced genealogists will make some discoveries.
• Using HeritageQuest, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. Heritage Quest Online features a new every-name Census index, improved navigation, and many exciting new features. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, and ethnicity. This is a beginning level class.
• Walkabout at MGC, 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Learn about all the valuable resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, rare books, maps, and more. This is a beginning level class.
• Using InterLibrary Loan for Genealogy, 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This class covers Internet sources and archival research. This is a beginning level class.
– Jillayne Ritchie