Midwest Genealogy Center
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Midwest Genealogy Center

The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the United States' preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarters of a million on-site materials. MGC features 52,000 square feet of space that houses all of the free resources needed to research your family history. You’ll find access to databases, scanning and digitization stations, oral history recording kits, microfilm reader scanners, and more.

Address: 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055

Registration + Questions: Call the Midwest Genealogy Center at 816-252-7228. 




 Brownie    Junior    Cadette    Senior    Ambassador

Oral history is an important part of genealogy and local history. It connects the living to those who have gone before us and shines a light on the stories that help reveal their character. Tell Me a Story is a Mid-Continent Public Library initiative that provides the ability to record and preserve memories, stories, and living history of residents in the Kansas City metro area.

You can use your MCPL Access Pass (library card) to check out a kit for 28 days. Return the kit to any MCPL branch, and a Midwest Genealogy Center staff member will process the recording, and send you a copy on cd in the mail for free! With permission, all recordings are posted on the MGC website. Find out more.

Girls can use their family history as inspiration as they complete steps in the Storytelling Badges. 

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: My Family Story, Junior Badge: Scribe, Cadette Badge: Screenwriter, Senior Badge: Novelist

Exploring My Family Story at Midwest Genealogy Center


With the assistance of an MGC staff person, Girl Scouts will complete the five steps to earning the My Family Story badge. Activities include share your family story game, learning and thinking about family traditions, making a story tree, and creating a family crest.

Cost: FREE   

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

Registration/Questions: Call Jenny Tatman at 816-252-7228 to schedule a class.  

Badge Connections: Brownie My Family Story