Programs during August at the Midwest Genealogy Center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system, at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, 816-252-7728.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday. Classes require registration via

• 200th Birthday of Queen Victoria: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. From her start as a teenage monarch to her rise as the matriarch of Europe, celebrate the life and times of the most influential woman of her age.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed.

• Beginning Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. This is a beginner-level class.

• Brown Bag and Brick Walls: 11 a.m. Aug. 1. Bring a lunch and get together with others to share information, network and gather inspiration to help you continue your genealogy project.

• 600,000 Silent Voices: Were Your Ancestors There? Mine Were! – 2 p.m. Aug. 8.

More than 620,000 men, women and children died during the American Civil War. Join storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen as he portrays his great-grandfather, Chaplain William Maple of the 49th Indiana Infantry, and tells the stories of the women, children, and soldiers affected by the war. For ages 10 and up.

• Discover Your Family History: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Who is in your family tree? Become a family history detective and learn how you can research your ancestors at the Midwest Genealogy Center. For ages 8 and up.

• Genes for Teens: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Explore your family’s history, learning techniques to help you collect and tell your story. Learn how to gather and record your genealogy through a variety of online databases and resources at MGC.

• Census Records Research: 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Explore how the federal census can help your genealogy research. Learn how to access the various type of information included on each federal census. This is a beginner-level class.

• Conserving Missouri Cemeteries: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Local historian and preservationist David W. Jackson uses the historic Davis-Smith Cemetery as a case study on how to unearth details about old cemeteries and ways to preserve them.

• Finding Your Italian Ancestors: Italian Civil Registration Records: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. If you have located where in the home country your ancestors are from, this class will show you how to locate and request Italian civil records online to discover more about them.

• How to Date Old Photographs: 2 p.m. Aug. 13. Uncover the clues that can help determine when a photograph was taken. Bring a photograph for dating. This is a beginner-level class.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

• Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Newspaper databases can be a treasure trove of genealogical information, from birth and marriage records to obituaries and probate cases. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

• Polish Genealogy Research: 2 p.m. Aug. 20. Do you have an ancestor from Russian Poland, Galicia-Austria, Pomerania, or West or East Prussia? All of these historic place names now lie in the boundaries of Poland. Discover how to turn your genealogy search toward Poland: learn a brief history of Poland, where to look for records and online resources, how to deal with foreign records, as well as get a list of helpful books and periodicals.

• Researching Your WWII Veteran: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Piece together your WWII veteran’s military experience using web resources, library resources and outside sources.

• Secret Orders and Spies of the Battle of Westport: 2 p.m. Aug. 9. A Confederate victory at the Battle of Westport was widely believed to be the key to a rebel victory in Missouri. Learn about the clandestine groups and civilian spies who worked behind the scenes of this pivotal battle.

• Using FamilySearch: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

• Using Fold3: 6;30 p.m. Aug. 29. Learn the best ways to search Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer skills are needed.

• Using HeritageQuest: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19. Learn how to search thousands of resources – from history books to Revolutionary War records – with HeritageQuest Online. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

• Walkabout at MGC: 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. This is a beginner-level class.