Many events are planned for January at the Midwest Genealogy Center, a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For further information or to register for events, call 816-252-7228 or go to

Registration is required unless otherwise stated.


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

• Sunday – 1 to 8 p.m.

Winter Wonderland Exploding Box: 2 p.m. Jan.3. Learn the story of Snowflake Bentley’s work in photomicrography and the beautiful snow crystals he discovered. Then create your own exploding box filled with snow crystals and a snowman. (Ages 5 and up)

Archiver, How Missouri History Sounded: 2 p.m. Jan. 28. Listen to a program originally broadcast in the mid-20th century. This event is led by Sam Zeff, metro reporter for KCUR and producer of the history podcast Archiver. This episode explores the history of cowboy music and shows in Missouri.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition: 2 p.m. Jan. 2. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. This beginner-level class requires basic computer literacy.

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

Census Records Research: 10:30 a.m. Jan 8. Explore how the federal census can help your genealogy research.This is a beginner-level class.

German Research Discussion Group: 2 p.m Jan. 18. Join a group dedicated to presenting and preserving genealogy from the German region. All skill levels are welcome.

Hidden Treasures at MGC: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Unlock MGC’s many treasures with a tour of the library’s little-known resources. This class is an intermediate-level class.

Interviewing Skills for Oral History: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Mark Livengood, Story Center director, leads a program will help you develop the knowledge and skills to make an oral history project succeed.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 2 p.m., Jan. 23. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class that requires basic computer literacy.

Introductory Genealogy Clinic: 2 p.m., Jan. 18. Learn the basic do’s and don’ts of genealogy research from local historian, archivist, and genealogist David W. Jackson.

Kansas City Union Station: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22. Kansas City’s Union Station Massacre changed federal law enforcement in the United States. Author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley recounts the story of this crime.

Newspaper Databases: 2 p.m., Jan. 9. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

Researching Your German Ancestors: 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Learn the basic methods for completing German genealogy research and about the resources available at Midwest Genealogy Center and online.

Tracing Your Immigrant Origins: 6:30 p.m. Jan 16. Explore what types of 19th and 20th century records exist in the United States to help you find where your immigrant ancestors were born. This is a beginner-level class.

Using FamilySearch: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Learn how to use FamilySearch, including its wikis and other features. This is a beginner-level class for which basic computer literacy is needed.

Using Fold3: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Learn the best ways to search Fold3 to access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents. This is a beginner-level class for which basic computer skills are required.

Using HeritageQuest: 10:30 a.m. Jan 11. Learn how to search thousands of resources, from history books to Revolutionary War records. This is a beginner-level class for which basic computer literacy is required.

Using Interlibrary Loan: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. 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.

Walkabout at MGC: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Take a walk around MGC and see all the resources available for genealogy and history research. This is a beginner-level class.