Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center

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Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center
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Midwest Genealogy Center
Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Missouri.
Midwest Genealogy Center interior.

Contact Information

E-mail: ge@mcpl.lib.mo.us


3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923

Telephone:[1]  816-252-7228

Hours:[1]  Mon-Sat; 10a-8p; Sun 1-8p

Holiday closings

Directions and maps

Internet sites and databases:

  • Midwest Genealogy Center Internet site, map, collection, directions, floor plans, genealogical resources, catalog.
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  • MCPL catalog online search by words or phrase, author, title, subject, or series, and in WorldCat.
  • MGC genealogy databases, America's GenealogyBank, Obituaries & Death Notices, Ancestry, Archive Finder, Biography and Genealogy Master Index, Footnote, Sanborn maps, HeritageQuest, ProQuest Obituaries.  Additional databases useful for genealogical research are available in other categories, including history, biography, geography, and newspapers.
  • MGC history databases, 279 databases, of which 272 are available remotely with a MCPL library card.

Collection Description

Significant holdings include all federal censuses 1790-1930 and many indexes, federal land sales in Missouri 1818-1903, the Draper Manuscript Collection, Kentucky tax records, Missouri State Penitentiary Records 1836-1931, papers of the St. Louis fur trade, Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations, indexes and Compiled Service Records of MO Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers, Civil War Union and Confederate unit histories, selected passenger arrival lists, Native American sources, partial state vital records for AL, AR, CA, GA, IL, IN, KY, OR, TX, WA, Massachusetts original town records, city directories, the Independence Examiner, and Kansas City Star and Times, other newspapers (primarily Missouri), American Biographical Archives, Black Biographical Dictionaries, UMI Genealogy and Local History Series, and the United States Serial Set.[2]

The Midwest Genealogy Center, a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, opened in 2008 with 52,000 square feet on two floors. The collection covers the entire United States and includes over 80,000 family history books, 100,000 local history items, 565,000 microfilms and microfiches, and 7,000 maps. The center also has an extensive newspaper clipping file and thousands of family name files. Their collection has been built up with donations from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Independence Library's Missouri county histories, American Family Records Association (AFRA), Missouri State Genealogical Association, Heart of America Genealogical Society, Gann Family Association, and a former family history center.[2] The Midwest Genealogy Center averages about 325 patrons a day.


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne IN, has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.[4]
  • Dallas Public Central Library, outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Missouri, Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[5]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, censuses, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.[6]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and Britain.[7]

Neighboring Collections

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogical Center "About the Midwest Genealogy Center" at http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/genlh/about/#microfilm (accessed 5 May 2010).
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 67. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1 and 109.
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book : American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry Pub., 2004), 394. WorldCat 779185438; Online 1989 version; FHL Book 973 D27rb
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
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  11. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  12. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 3 March 2016).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  14. Research in Ozarks Genealogical Society (accessed 15 March 2014).
  15. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  16. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  17. Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections in Springfield-Greene County Library District (accessed 15 March 2014).
  18. The Hulston Library in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Missouri in National Park Service (accessed 15 March 2014).
  19. Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).