Tuesday, July 08, 2008

YOU ARE THERE: Midwest Genealogical Center

Second Life's Freyaschild Lovenkraft provides thoughts of her recent trip to the Midwest Genealogical Center in Independence, Missouri.NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was written by a new research friend, Elizabeth
Shelton, from Second Life (See
Get a SECOND LIFE Genealogists!) where she goes by the name of Freyaschild Lovenkraft. During recent genealogy
meetings in SL, Freyaschild has shared her emerging interest in family history research by describing records groups she's found useful and asking for additional input. Such discussions among researchers prove useful, as it seems SL genealogists are no different from those you'd meet in the microfilm stacks at the Family History Library -- we all appreciate the willingness of others to share ideas. We learn as much from our brick wall discussions as we do when hearing of another's breakthroughs.

YOU ARE THERE: Midwest Genealogical Center
By Elizabeth Shelton, guest blogger

Visiting Missouri this summer I caught wind of the opening of the new Midwest Genealogical Center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system in Independence, Missouri. I wasn't able to make the grand opening, but judging from several reports it was a huge event. I was able, however, to make it over to the Center a few days later to see this fine facility for myself.

Like a kid in a candy store, I could have stayed there all day poking through the library's books, databases, microfiche/film and its very impressive collection of periodicals. The staff is extremely helpful, and I was able to obtain a visitors card (since I am from out of town) which allowed me an hour of computer time, which I used to help a friend of mine get started on his family tree.

The variety of services this facility provides is likewise impressive, including one on one time with professional genealogists to help you get past those tough spots, and classes in genealogy several times a week.

If you're going to be visiting Independence soon it's a must see. http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/genlh/mgc.htm

One hint, get there early if you want to use the microfiche viewer, they only had three at the time of my visit.

The library also gives tours that newbies like myself find very helpful. This is one Texas genealogist that is very jealous of Independence, Missouri right now.