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Friday, October 18, 2013

Follow Up on Trip to Mid-Continent Public Library's Midwest Genealogy Center

Hard to believe it was back in August that I posted about my upcoming research trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.  I did make it on Tuesday, September 10, 2013!

I have to say this place is quite impressive.  I encourage everyone to check out their list of genealogical resources.

I searched the online catalog before I left home and made a list of the Title and Card catalog number of each book I hoped would contain information on my ancestors.

I found one book that I had never seen but had heard about.  "Republic, Missouri: Home of 3,000 Good Neighbors."  I found eleven pages that contained information on my Logan family line.  There is even a transcription of Tarlton Logan's will.  I hope to find the original on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri.

I inquired about a library card for remote access to their online databases.  They aren't free and I felt the cost wasn't worth the fee.

I do have a library card for the Kansas City Public Library. They have added some more online databases that I can access from home.  I called and renewed my card for two years just last weekend.

One of their collections I like is the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1867-1970.  I was able to find the home of my husband's great grandparents on the map.  No, it doesn't list their name, just matched up the address to the one listed in the census.  I also like the Kansas City Star Newspaper 1991 to present database.

I have decided I like remote research better than onsite.  Perhaps it is because I can concentrate better here at my computer than I can in a big wide open space with too many distractions!