Wednesday, March 26, 2008


The Kansas City area is full of wonderful repositories and research facilities. If you should find yourself in this area, you may want to check out the following:

Mid-Continent Public Library

In nearby Independence, Missouri. The Mid-Continent Public Library is recognized as one of the country's major repositories. Their holdings include census records, family histories, city directories, and state and county records. The collection also includes the Draper Manuscripts, St Louis fur trade records, Canadian, Southern Plantation and Native American records.

National Archives Central Plains Regional Archives

The National Archives Central Plains Region holds the retired records of federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Their 46,000 cubic feet of records range in date from the 1820s to the 1990s. They hold records of many agencies, including United States District Courts, the National Parks Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Prisons, to name but a few. In addition to making original textual and audiovisual records available for research, they are a center for genealogical research with a vast microfilm collection. NARA works to preserve and make available the historical documents created by federal agencies. Visit them online at:

Kansas City Public Library
Central Library, 14 W. 10th Steet, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.

The Central Library is located in downtown Kansas City and offers free high-speed WiFi computer access. Across the street is a parking garage with the facade of giant book bindings. On the fifth floor is the Missouri Valley Special Collections, which houses Local and Regional Histories and Genealogy. To access their website, go to and click on "Local History", or go directly to . The site contains The Local History Index, a searchable index for magazines, newspapers, portions of books, photographs and arcival collections. The site also includes images of photographs, postcards, maps and advertising cards. The images on the website are a low resolution, but a high-resolution image can be ordered online through the "Order" link. The core genealogy collection of the library came from a local lumber magnate and genealogist, John Barber White, who donated his collection to the library. It contains many New England and Midwest genealogies. Another collector of Midwestern history donated city, county and state histories from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Visit these repositories and more during the NGS Conference in the States and Family History Fair in Kansas City, 14-17 May 2008.

The Mid-Continent Public Library will be open before, during and after the NGS Conference for research. Shuttle buses will be available free of charge on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center (main conference hotel) over to the Library. There will also be a reception at the Library on Wednesday 14 May in the evening.

In conjunction with the NGS Conference, Tuesday May 13th will be Research Day at the National Archives. At this time transportation is not provided. The archives is located approximately 20 minutes from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, research hours are 8:00am-4:30pm.

Additionally the National Archives will sponsor a reception on Thursday May 15, 5:00 -7:00pm at the National World War I Museum-- located just two blocks from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. You must register for this event.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE coming up for the NGS Conference!

Register by 31 March 2008 for the early bird lower registration fees. Go to: for full information on the conference and to register online.

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