Field Trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center 9/23/17
Hidden Treasurers at the Midwest Genealogy Center
Join us for a “field trip” to the Midwest Genealogy Center at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, Missouri 64055. See http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/directions-and-hours
for contact and direction information. You are responsible for your own transportation, but we encourage carpooling. Our tour begins at 10 am with a group gathering in the first floor community room. After the guided tour, you are welcome to stay to do research on your own to reinforce all you have learned! Unfortunately, the library closes at 5 pm on Saturdays. There will be no society meeting at this event.
Description: Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC! This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem's Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Antebellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts and Calvert Papers. We'll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate-level class, but even more advanced genealogists will make some amazing discoveries.
October 7th Meeting
How the Genealogy Community Benefits from the LDS Beliefs about Family
The LDS church offers many genealogical resources free to everyone. Do you know what they are? Are you currently using them? If not, why? This class will introduce you to these resources and very briefly mention the beliefs that prompt the LDS to research their ancestors.
Lauri Jean Swett is a professional genealogist with a BA in Sociology and a volunteer at the Platte City Family History Center. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist and its Heartland Chapter. She is a past Family History Center director and former volunteer at the Midwest Genealogy Center.
November 4, 2017 Meeting
We all know that awful feeling of “ugh!” when we’ve wasted our time, messed up the tree, or found a better, faster way to the results we wanted. This class outlines – with personal examples – many mistakes that you can now avoid. Laugh, learn, and love the new ideas you’ll come away with knowing how to more effectively build your family tree
From her website, Beth writes, "Genealogy is more than collecting records, dates, and places of our ancestors. It’s about understanding the lives of the people whose choices shaped our lives in the most personal ways. It’s about knowing ourselves through the people who came before us.
I get excited about learning their stories and helping others with their own family history journey. I enjoy the road of discovery. I relish in sharing that experience with fellow searchers."
January 8, 2018 Meeting
An Adoptee Journey thru DNA for TRUTH
Came to be Raised To Be Me
by Carolyn Pooler aka Marion Hammond
This presentation will give an overview of being adopted and the yearning for TRUTH. Born in 1943 at an Unwed Mother's Home and not relinquished for 15 days, I will recreate the circumstances, best as I can. I live and learn daily the many facets of how I was affected..Please join me on my travels.
Carolyn Pooler: "Always knowing I would one day find the TRUTH, I raised my family, finding bits and pieces along the way. Attending the first discussion/support group in 1995, I knew then I would go on to start them myself. I eventually learned about DNA and the ways it might help someone like me, I completed the 23 and Me in 2011, FTDNA in 2013 and finally Ancestry in 2015. This is my journey."
February 3, 2018 Meeting
Capture History Now
As genealogists we zero in on finding the wonderful treasures of our past – as we should. However, we often neglect capturing the family history being created now, in the 21st Century. We forget that our current events are our children’s family history. Break open the can of “memory catcher” and learn how to save today for tomorrow.
Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences.
March 3, 2018 Meeting
Telling Your Story Through the Story Center
This event will be held at the Woodneath Library
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157
This program will provide an overview of the services offered through the Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library with a special focus on the Woodneath Press and the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Woodneath Press Manager Dave Burns will discuss print and publishing requirements through the use of the EBM, as well as possible uses and benefits of this service for the genealogy community.
Additionally, the Woodneath Press is collaborating with the Midwest Genealogy Center to provide an upcoming writing course currently titled Writing Your Genealogy Research: From Past to Print. This course is due to be released in 2018, and further information will be provided during this program.
Dave Burns is the Woodneath Press Manager for Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center department located in the Woodneath Library Center. He has been in the writing/printing/publishing field since 2009, when he began writing professionally. Since that time he has published 7 books, as well as created a literature and arts magazine highlighting local authors, artists, and musicians. He founded The Ottawa Writers’ Guild, has taught numerous creative writing courses, and has had the opportunity to teach a 26-week course to a Duke of Edinburgh Award student in Ottawa, Ontario, CA via Skype. He has worked as a freelance self-publishing consultant, as well as a copyeditor and composition account manager for a printing/publishing house focused on scientific and STEM journalism.
Midwest Genealogy Center Event Calendar
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