I am very fortunate in that I live and work very near the Midwest Genealogy Center. I can pop in to look at film or books any day on a whim. As a result I’ve had the chance to get to know the staff; get familiar with the holdings. It’s a beautiful thing.
What I’ve realized is not everyone has the luxury of convenience I have with the Center, which means they may not be as familiar with the resources. As a result, I’ve created a class about the Center to share what I know and enjoy about it with others.
I don’t normally put my class PowerPoint presentations on my website, but this time I’m making an exception. I think it is an excellent way to introduce this tremendous facility to others. It’s a general overview of the Center. In the class and the PowerPoint I review these topics:
- A little background on the Center
- Its location
- How to get a library card
- The National/International Resources
- The Card Catalog
- The Book Collection (100K+) — including thousands you can check out!
- The Microform Collection (60K+)
- Finding Aids
- Classes Available at the Center
Here’s the link to my PowerPoint Class on the Center. (It’s a PowerPoint file that can be downloaded to your computer.)
One of the often heard misconceptions is that it’s only about Midwestern genealogy, and the research doesn’t have Midwestern roots. The reality is there’s much more to be found. Its collection is national and international in scope. “Midwest” refers to its location in Kansas City.
If you’ve not had a chance to spend time at the Midwest Genealogy Center, I would strongly encourage you to make it a destination. I recently overheard a couple say they came to visit for a day, and had at that point been there three days!
And did I mention they are open on Sundays?
Go check out the Midwest Genealogy Center, and tell them Beth sent you.