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“A fantastic jewel of genealogy research!”

Midwest Genealogy Center
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Midwest Genealogy Center, the largest free-standing genealogy library in the United States, is one of the nation's preeminent destinations for researching family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials, as well as free online resources. Midwest Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all of the free resources and technology needed to research family history whether one's relatives originated in the Midwest or across an ocean. Part of Mid-Continent Public Library, The Center offers free access to microfilm sources, microfiche records, books, directories, and online resources seven days a week and offers free classes and programs throughout the year.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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192 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A fantastic jewel of genealogy research!”
Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

We live about 200 miles from Independence, Missouri but made this trip on recommendations of fellow genealogists that this library was excellent! I was not disappointed! The library is beautiful on the outside and inside, well-kept and very organized. The staff are so knowledgeable and so very helpful in every regard of genealogy research. For a nominal fee of $20 I joined the library for six months and can use all their subscriptions from my home computer during that time. I am looking forward to returning many times to use their great facilities. My husband was very happy with the location of the library as there is a great golf course right across the street where he played golf while I did genealogy research. By the way the name of the course is Drumm Farms golf course.

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Independence, Missouri
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A must for geneologist and research....”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Independence is THE place for such research with this resource and the Mormon archives also available close.

Visited March 2014
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Grove, Oklahoma
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113 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great source for genealogy study”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We have found a lot of great background information on ancestors here. They have many obscure and local books and references to even the smallest towns, with stories about the history and perhaps the role of your ancestors in development of the area. The library staff is also extremely helpful in locating the exact information you are looking for.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank James G
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“What a great place”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Wish I could have spent days there. They have so much research stuff available for all the states, not just Missouri. We had a hard time finding it but it's a beautiful research library after you get there. Staff is extremely helpful if you ask.

Visited October 2013
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Grand Junction, CO
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Complete public library dedicated to genealogy. Most source material I have had the opportunity to use.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Jim B
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