Many events are planned for March at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 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.

Archiver: How History Sounded: Part Two: 2 p.m., March 31. Join KCUR metro reporter Sam Zeff for a listen and discussion of “Women in the Store,” featuring radio interviews with Kansas City housewives in the 1950s.

Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist: 2 p.m., March 13. Explore the life of early suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage, who stood alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the fight to gain women the vote, but was later written out of history by her one-time friends.

Brick Wall Discussion Group: 6 p.m. March 12. Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Get together with others to share helpful information.

Census Records Research: 10:30 a.m. March 10. Explore how the U.S. Federal Census can help your genealogy research. This is a beginner-level class.

East European Research Part 1: 2 p.m., March 24. In part one of this two-part class, learn about the countries that make up Eastern Europe and why people emigrated from the region. Then discover the best ways to focus your research in the area.

Female Connections and Research Success: 6:30 p.m., March 11. Too often, a family name that is unknown to the researcher is overlooked and turns out to be the family of a married sister, daughter, or other female relative. Explore how to review records and discover female ancestors.

Introduction to Internet Genealogy: 6:30 p.m., March 24. Discover the best genealogy websites for your research. This is a beginner-level class. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Irish Records Research, The Colonial Period: 6:30 p.m., March 18. Learn about Ireland’s online resources, and information you need to trace your ancestors in Ireland during the early and late Colonial period.

Irish Records Research – Waves of Migration: 6:30 p.m., March 25. Learn to trace your Irish ancestors as they 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 Period.

Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar 2020: 9 a.m., March 28. A daylong event featuring George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, hosts of The Genealogy Guys podcast. They will discuss the latest news about genealogy and delve into topics that interest every genealogist, including Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process, Clues in the News: Your Ancestors in Community Context, Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis, and Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know. Lunch will be provided. Register by March 25 at or by calling 816-252-7228. Cost is $45.

Newspaper Databases at Mid-Continent Public Library: 10:30 a.m., March 16. Newspaper databases have genealogical information, from birth and marriage records to obituaries and probate cases. Learn about the different online newspaper databases accessible through MCPL.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier: 2 p.m., March 26. Ever wanted to know more about that famous ancestor who served in the U.S. Civil War? Discover the sources you need to find ancestors that served.

Tracing Your Immigrant Origins: 2 p.m., March 27. 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: 2 p.m., March 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: 6:30 p.m., March 17. 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., March 31. 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. Basic computer skills are needed.

Using HeritageQuest: 10:30 a.m., March 7. 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.

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

Women of the Battle of Westport: 2 p.m., March 19. Women played significant roles in the Battle of Westport. Hear the stories of a handful of women who participated in the battle as nurses, supporters, and spies.

Amelia Earhart: The Woman Behind the Airplane: 10:30 a.m., March 21. Discover the woman behind the adventurous aviator. Hear stories of her childhood, learn about her accomplishments outside the cockpit, and explore the theories surrounding her mysterious disappearance. Ages 7 and up.