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

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Contact Information

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

Address:[1]

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

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.

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]

Tips

Substitute 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 library with good collections from the St. Louis Genealogical Society, and the National Genealogical Society.
  • Allen County Public Library a midwestern county public library in Indiana with a very large genealogical collection.
  • 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, and the British Isles.

Neighboring Collections

  • St. Louis Public Library
  • Missouri Genealogical Society
  • Missour Historical Society
  • Missouri State Library and Archives
  • Jackson County Courthouse

Sources

  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).

 

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