Keeping the family researchers in mind, the Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) has taken on a large indexing project entitled Quick Look. The librarians and volunteers at MGC are once again helping genealogists everywhere to keep our promise: “leave no stone unturned.” This time MGC has indexed, by name and by date, the following collections for easy online access. No library card needed, no fee, just a community service project that makes it easier for us to find “Great-Uncle Bob” or in my case Great-Aunt Mattie (see below).
- Book Indexes to “some books” in MGC's reference collection. This Book Index will take you directly to the MCPL Catalog entry for holdings and location of the book that holds your ancestor’s name.
- Independence Examiner Newspapers: 1900-1959
- Kansas City Social Registers Blue Books: 1924-1962
- Kansas City Star and Kansas
City Times (newspapers): 1975-2006
Be sure to review the List the Collections page for information.
- The Kansas City Call Newspaper: 1995-2001. This is a great resource for African American families. Know that African Americans across the Midwest reported deaths to “The Call”. In Kansas we have successfully located obituaries as far as Hutchinson.
- U. S. Railroad Retirement Board: 1936-2010. You can search the index to over 1.5 million pension records from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board for free online. These pension files are held at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Atlanta.
- Search Index.
Once a person of interest is located, researchers can request the actual document from the holding location.
- Analyze / Identify Options
Her obituary was in The Call Newspaper
Her birth date and death date were indexed
Her burial place was provided
Her parent’s and daughter’s names verified her to be the correct Mattie Singleton. Note: This will only be entered if it was in the obituary.
- Submit Request
If your request is for MGC, print copies are only 10 cents per page, but I prefer digital copies emailed to me - free!
For a RRB Claims package, you will be directed to the National Archives at Atlanta website. Here’s information on what will be needed to request a claim folder. But be sure to check the index first. Plus you are guiding the NARA staff to the Record and Claim ID, and Claim Location which usually results in a much quicker turn-around.
- Researchers will want to visit the HomePage for Search Tips.
- Railroad Retirement Board Pension (RRB) Claims index will be most effective if you have a birth and/or death date for your ancestor as additional identifying information is not provided in the index. You will find only the surname followed by the first initial with a birthdate to be indexed.