Family Ties

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday, Nov. 23, the Midwest Genealogy Center is temporarily closed to the public for in-branch services due to increased COVID-19 cases in the Kansas City area. Curbside service to pick up and drop off Library materials is available by calling 816.252.7228. Please check the online catalog for genealogy materials that are available for check-out!

Ancestry Library Edition can be used from home for free until the end of March 2021 with your MCPL card.

Do you come from a line of royalty? Are you the descendant of a historical hero? No matter where your ancestors came from, you can dig deep into your ancestry and uncover details that help tell your family’s story here in Independence. Because it is home to the Midwest Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest free-standing public family history library in the nation and was the starting point for millions of pioneers heading West, Independence is a gold mine of family history information and one of the best places in the United States to trace your family tree. Plan to take a break or two during your research to walk in Harry S. Truman’s footstepstake a mule-drawn wagon ride to learn more about those that journeyed West, and more.  With friendly accommodations, hometown dining destinations, and shopping, be ready for some pleasant surprises as you explore your roots.