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

Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. March 2. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips.

Using Interlibrary Loan Genealogy: 2 p.m. March 3. 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.

Using FamilySearch: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. March 6. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

How to Date Old Photographs: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. March 7. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating.

Introduction to Internet: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. March 7. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Creating Genealogy Heritage Albums: 1 p.m. March 8. Heritage albums are a great way to preserve family history. 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.

French Genealogy – Archives, Jurisdictions, and Record Availability: 6:30 p.m. March 8. Understanding the jurisdictions and record availability in the United States can be difficult; step across the pond, and it’s even more daunting. Discover the various archive collections throughout France that are available online and how to access them.

Newspaper Databases: 2 p.m. March 10. 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: 6 p.m. March 12. 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. Staff will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.

Census Records Research: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. March 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. March 14. 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.

Using Findmypast: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. March 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 Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Scouts, Spies, and Detectives: 6:30 p.m. March 15. Learn about high-priced Union espionage in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War with author Arnold Schofield.

Ancestry Library Edition: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. March 17. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Using HeritageQuest: For beginners, 6:30 p.m. March 20. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records, with HeritageQuest Online. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.

Irish Records Research – Waves of Migration: 6:30 p.m. March 21. Learn to trace your Irish ancestors as 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.

MGC’s Spring Seminar – Mapping Your Family History: For adults, beginning at 9 a.m. March 24, Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This daylong event features speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs. Hager will present two lectures: “Finding the First Landowner Using Family Maps, Historygeo, and Texas Land Survey Maps” and “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies in the Civil War.” Hobbs will give two lectures on DNA testing including “Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines” and “Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results.” The $65 registration fee includes a buffet lunch. Registration required through Eventbrite and seating is limited. For more information, visit or call MGC.

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

Index It: For ages 11 to 18, 6 p.m. March 28. Join us for snacks, socializing, and dissection of old records. Discover the fun of indexing as you identify vital information necessary for making family tree connections.

Using Fold3: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. March 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.

MGC Walkabout: For beginners, 10:30 a.m. March 30. Take a walk around Midwest Genealogy Center and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research.

– Jillayne Ritchie