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Midwest Genealogy Center's new building was opened in June 2008. Located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road in Independence, Missouri, it is one of the nation's important genealogical research libraries.


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This library has over 102,000 published family histories on its shelves and has another 17,000 genealogies it will loan to other libraries on request.

In addition to its enormous book collection, the Midwest Genealogy Center has hundreds of thousands of reels of microfilm of the U.S. census, military records and city directories. The library also has extensive online digital databases.

Its archives collection is focused on Missouri, particularly Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties. It contains manuscript genealogical family research, military records, land records, photographs and more.

Here is a list of the Center's manuscript collections with links to their prepared guides.

Collection Guide Index
Anna Ford Collection    
Bartlett Collection of Family Histories PDF Folder Index
Beal and Thomas Families Papers PDF Name Index
Boone Family Collection   Folder Index
Byron Beighle Papers PDF  
Cady and Denison Family Papers PDF Name Index
Sir Carl Busch Papers PDF Name Index
Central Christian Church Collection PDF  
Civil War Orders - 5th Cavalry Missouri State Militia PDF Name Index
Coleman Family Papers PDF Name Index
Cruzen and Thomas Families Papers PDF Name Index
Edwards and Ailshire Families Papers PDF Name Index
Gann Historical Society & Library, Inc. Collection   Folder Index
Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) Collection PDF  
Gilbert Family Papers PDF  
Griswold Family Papers PDF Name Index
Heart of America Genealogy Society Collection    
Isaac Toot Papers PDF Name Index
Kemper Family Collection   Folder Index
Kraft Family Papers PDF Name Index
Kroll Family Papers PDF Name Index
Midwest Genealogy Center Vertical Files   Folder Index
Missouri Valley Room Collection   Folder Index
Nadine Hodges Collection PDF  
Petree and Plumb Family Papers PDF Name Index
Sanders, Unangst, and Myers Families Papers PDF Name Index
Sherri L. Cox Keefe Liles Collection PDF  
Striffler Family Bible PDF Name Index
Telephone Pioneers of America-Chapter #38 Papers PDF  
V.G. Johnson Collection    
Vincent - Coley Family Papers PDF Name Index