Our next meeting will be at the end of August at the North Kansas City Library. There are two events under the "Events" section that you might enjoy this summer. If you haven't been to a place where your ancestors lived that might make a nice summer excursion. I remember standing by the grave of one of my great-great grandparents in Iowa and feeling a connection to them. Several years ago we went to the Czech Republic and visited the tiny villiage where my mother's grandparents once lived. At the edge of town, I stopped, scooped up some dirt and let it run through my fingers as I gazed at the fields in front of me and imagined them working the land and enjoying the fellowship of family and neighbors. We wish you well in your pursuit of those elusive ancestors and look forward to seeing you in August.
August 26, 2017 Meeting
"To DNA or Not to DNA: That Is the Question?"
Is your head sp
inning with questions and confusion over DNA? This program will focus in on the three primary tests that are done, the results you can expect from each, who is the best candidate to be tested, and which of the major DNA companies are your best choice to give you results which will help you solve your genealogical mysteries.
Sharlene Miller, a certified genealogist for 15 years, has been doing genealogical research since 1976. She has been doing genealogy for clients for 20 years. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. and an M.S. both in scientific fields which provided educational experience in using DNA testing for various scientific studies. This background has been very helpful for her understanding in using DNA testing to solve genealogical problems and to confirm traditional research. She is very interested in using the latest technology in her genealogical research.
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."
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
to take you to the Midwest Genealogy Calendar of Events. In the middle drop down box "View by Subject", select "Genealogy". That will give you all of the workshops for the current month. At the top, you can click on "next" by the name of the month to see what is happening next month. Most events require registration even though they are free. Registration information is located in the upper left corner.
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