Upcoming genealogy workshops: Touring the Midwest Genealogy Center, discovering your Irish ancestry, using labor union records, and more!

The Genealogy Branch will provide a series of workshops this summer to help you with your own research. They include a guided tour of the Midwest Genealogy Center, a course on using Ancestry.com, a workshop on using labor union records, and tips for researching your Irish ancestry.

Call 816-884-6285 to reserve your spot or email branch manager, Chelsea Clarke, at clarkec@casscolibrary.org.

Midwest Genealogy Center Caravan Tour

ge-slider-exterior2_0The Midwest Genealogy Center is one of the nation’s preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all of the free resources and technology needed to research your family history.

This program includes a guided 45 minute tour covering the vast collection of resources and amenities available to all MGC patrons. There will also be plenty of time allotted for personal research. The caravan will depart CCPL Genealogy at 8:00 AM and return home by 3:00 PM. Attendees are responsible for their own lunch, bottled water will be provided. Storage lockers are available for use on site.

CALL NOW, seats must be confirmed by June 11th.

Saturday, June 13,  8:00am – 3:00pm.

Using Labor Union Records in Genealogy Research

bakersIf your ancestor was a career blue-collar worker, there is a 1 in 3 chance they belonged to a union.

Clues can be discovered in the census, military records, naturalization documents and more. Learn how to find and use resources like non-population schedules, union newsletters, and even the memorabilia you may have stored in a box at home to discover a new wellspring of information about your industrious ancestors. We will also cover how to locate resources that may help shine a little more light on your farmer ancestors.

This class, facilitated by Chelsea Clarke, is FREE and will be held in the computer lab of the Harrisonville Branch, 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM. CALL NOW to sign up and reserve your seat! This is an introductory level class, but some genealogy experience is recommended.

Saturday, June 27, 10:00am – 11:30am.

A Beginner’s Guide to Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry.com is the largest online genealogy database in the world. As of the end of 2013, Ancestry provides access to over 12.7 billion records, which makes it a universal source of genealogical information.

In this class, you will learn how to navigate Ancestry Library Edition, search through their unparalleled collection of genealogical records, and utilize their message boards and Learning Center. As our patrons, you can access Ancestry Library Edition for free from a computer in any Cass County Public Library branch. This class is FREE and will be held in the computer lab of the Harrisonville Branch, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM.

CALL NOW to sign up and reserve your seat!

Saturday, July 25, 9:00am – 11:30am

An Introduction to Tracing Your Irish Ancestry


Are you new to Irish immigrant research? Or have you hit a brick wall with an Irish ancestor you can’t find in Irish records?

This class will cover how to trace your family back to the earliest Irish ancestor present in America and how to use what you know about them to make the leap to Irish records. You will learn what kind of records to use for research on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and where to find them. CCPL Genealogy’s Chelsea Clarke will discuss how to uncover your Irish ancestor’s immigration records, census records from both the US and Ireland, church and civil records, and other types of records that are invaluable to Irish ancestry research.

FREE and open to genealogists of all levels of experience, this class will be held in the computer lab of the Harrisonville Branch, 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM.

Saturday, August 15, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

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One Response to Upcoming genealogy workshops: Touring the Midwest Genealogy Center, discovering your Irish ancestry, using labor union records, and more!

  1. Kathleen P Quinn Douglas says:

    I was born a Quinn and I am also a Dunn,,Mcenaney
    on Dad mom side side and Ryan and Carlson,Ekloff,,Kastratern ,Burnell on mom side. I am 53% Irish 17% Scandinavian,14 % western Europe,11% Britain 4 % Western Russia,no trace elements no Eastern Asia. .I am looking for a ancestry book written by my great grandmother Catherine Mcenaney Dunne , seems she missed the Titanic Voyage. I am trying to find book and Irish history.

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