Genealogy

Friends of the Library Meeting

The Friends of the Library will have their first meeting at the Northern Resource Center at 6:30pm. This is a time to meet everyone, talk about the purpose and goals for the Friends group, and learn how the Friends can support Cass County Public Library. Members and non-members are welcome. Join for as little as $25.00 and find out how you can help your local library. Representatives from both the library and library foundation will be present. Refreshments will be served.

A Beginner’s Guide to FamilySearch Indexing

Through Familysearch.org, you have the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of a unique and varied collection of historical and genealogical records.

This class will cover:

  • Getting started
  • Using the FamilySearch Indexing program
  • Tips on selecting & completing index projects

Experience Level: Introductory/Intermediate

This is a 2-hour program and will be held in the Harrisonville Branch Computer Lab. Call 884-3483 or 816-884-6285 to reserve your spot.

A Beginner's Guide to Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry is home to over 16 billion historical records including birth, marriage, and death records, military records, immigration and naturalization records, and more. The Cass County Public Library provides free access to these resources through Ancestry Library Edition. This class will cover the basics: navigating Ancestry Library Edition, searching the database effectively, accessing and saving digital images and documents.

Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors

Since the vast majority of Americans are descended from immigrants, most genealogists have at least one immigrant ancestor. This class will cover the resources and research methods needed when tracing these ancestors in the United States and abroad. This class will cover how to determine your immigrant ancestors’ origins, where to locate and how to use immigration and naturalization records, and resources for international research.

A Beginner's Guide to FamilySearch

Familysearch.org is a non-profit genealogy organization run by the church of latter-day saints. This free database is home to over 325,000 digitized family history books and records from around the world. Users also have access to the catalog of Utah’s Family History Library, including over 2.4 microfilmed genealogical records, nearly 750,000 pieces of microfiche, and much more. In this class, participants will learn how to navigate the website, search the database effectively, utilize the digital book collection, and request microfilm loans.

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