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When The Quarantine Hit, Kansas City's Interest In Genealogy Took Off

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Man researching family genealogy on a computer in a library.
Cody Newill
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KCUR
The Midwest Genealogy Center has free resources to research family history.

People across the nation have rekindled old hobbies or started new ones in the midst of COVID-19. One pastime that has become increasingly popular is researching family histories.

The Midwest Genealogy Center, a part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, has free resources for those digging into the past and librarians who can help people research their distant relatives.

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Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.