I had the great fortune to spend last week researching in Kansas City, Missouri. I had such a great experience I thought I would share some of the sources I found so helpful. My week was filled with trips to 2 libraries, 2 city halls and 3 county courthouses! I was researching the history of two buildings on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. I spent two full days in the Missouri Valley Special Collections Room at the Kansas City Public Library. Melissa was a great help and a cheerful voice when I got bogged down. If you have never been to the KC Library, GO NOW. It is beautiful and a wondrous resource. Keep in mind the Special Collections have different hours from the rest of the library so check the links above before you visit. Also, there are many online resources found on the websites so check them out.
I also made a trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center. No longer living in Missouri, this is a real treat for me. As usual I found what I needed with the expert assistance of the staff - even on a Sunday.
I also was amazed at the courteous and helpful staff at the Jackson County Courthouses (Independence and Kansas City) where I conducted deed and property research. Before I left for the airport I squeezed in a final and most personal search - I was able to locate my maternal grandparents marriage certificate at the Wyndotte County, KS courthouse. It couldn't have been a more perfect end to a great research trip!
I hope everyone gets to spend some quality family time this weekend!