Many events are planned for October at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For further information or to register for events, go to or, or call 816-252-7228.


• Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sunday – 1 to 8 p.m.

Unless otherwise stated, registration is required.

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed.

• Beginning Genealogy: 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Learn the basics of genealogical research from census records to organization tips. This is a beginner-level class.

• Border Crossings Exhibit: Oct. 7-28 during normal branch hours. Created from objects left by immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Kansas City artist Israel Garcia Garcia explores the historic link between the Latino immigrants who cross the border today and those who crossed generations ago to establish Kansas City’s Latino community.

• Border Crossings: An Artist’s Perspective: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Kansas City artist Israel Garcia Garcia discusses his time along with U.S.-Mexico Border gathering found objects for his Border Crossings art installation, his inspiration for creating the exhibit, and its link to Kansas City’s historic Hispanic neighborhoods.

• Cemetery Art for Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Discover the meanings of commonly found tombstone icons, with an overview of changes in tombstone materials and design and some tips to maximize your family research.

• Census Records Research: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Explore how the federal census can help your genealogy research and how to access it. This is a beginner-level class.

• German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m. Oct. 12. All skill levels are welcome.

• Haunted Hotel: The Spirits of The Elms: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. The historic Elms Hotel & Spa has seen a lot over the years including many famous guests and a few of a ghostlier nature. Paranormal investigator and researcher Becky Ray talks about the history of the hotel and the mysterious activity that continues.

• Hidden Treasures at MGC: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.

• Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 2 p.m. Oct. 22. A beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

• Native American Research: The Five Civilized Tribes: 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Learn how to research members of the Five Civilized Tribes using U.S. Census and Dawes Rolls records. Registration is required.

• Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 2 p.m. Oct. 15. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

• Titanic: 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Barbara Hughes portrays Mahala Douglas and brings the events of April 14-15, 1912, the sinking of the Titanic, to life through first-person accounts and stories.

• Using Evernote to Organize Your Genealogy: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Discover how Evernote can help you keep your genealogy research organized on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. A beginner-level class.

• Using FamilySearch: 2 p.m. Oct. 23. 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 Findmypast: 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Learn to search the billions of records located at to uncover your ancestors from all over the world. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer skills are needed

• Using Fold3: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29. Learn the best ways to search Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer skills are needed.

• Using HeritageQuest: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

• Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18. 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.

• Walkabout at MGC: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. This is a beginner-level class.

• What’s Cooking? – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Author Mary-Lane Kamberg on how to turn your idea into a successful cookbook project that has a chance of making it in a competitive market.

• Kids Writing the Life Story of their Parents: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Kids expand their creative writing skills by learning how to interview and effectively write their parents’ life stories. Ages 8 and up.