Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center

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Mid-Continent Public Library 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 - Thurs 9-9; Fri 9-6; Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5

Holiday closings

Directions and maps

Internet sites and databases:

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, the Independence Examiner, and Kansas City Star and Times, 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 200 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

  • St. Louis County Library, a Missouri collection including the St. Louis Genealogical Society, and the National Genealogical Society, online databases, federal censuses, African American records, & access to LDS microfilms.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.
  • Newberry Library a large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, & British Isles.
  • 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, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.

Neighboring Collections

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mid-Continenet Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center "Directions and Hours" at http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/genlh/hrsdir.htm (accessed 5 May 2010).
  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).