The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of October. The Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-7228.
• Charles Clancy and Union Station, 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Union Station in Kansas City opened its doors at 2 p.m. Oct. 30, 1914. Charles Clancy, who had worked at the old Union Depot, was hired as assistant station master. He would eventually become the stationmaster until his retirement in August 1955. Jim "Two Crows" Wallen, portraying Charles Clancy, will share stories of the fascinating 100 years of history of the station, including construction, the wrestling of a steer in Grand Hall, the Union Station Massacre, and many other exciting tales.
• Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.
• Hidden Treasures at MGC, 2 p.m. Oct. 8. This detailed tour will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem's Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts, Calvert Papers, and we'll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but advanced genealogists will make some amazing discoveries.
• Beginning Census Records, 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more.
• German Research Discussion Group, 2 p.m. Oct. 17. The German Research Discussion Group presents and preserves genealogical information about the German regions, traces German ancestors, and fosters a better understanding of the lives they led. This group will allow the exchange of information and help keep members abreast of issues and updates. The group relies on each individual to participate and discuss the subject matter they know best. Meetings are held quarterly. All skill levels are welcome.
• Revenge, Retaliation and Retribution, 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Learn about the reality of the Brigade of Jayhawkers led by Gen. James Henry Lane and the campaign of destruction and devastation they caused across western Missouri in 1861. It was a time of retaliation for the destruction during the epoch of Bleeding Kansas. Nothing was safe, homes, barns, outbuildings, fencing, and businesses. All were passionately destroyed by fire and very little survived.
• Beginning Internet Genealogy, 7 p.m. Oct. 21. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.
• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 2 p.m. Oct. 22. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index, and more.