Genealogy Quick Look Collections
The following collections have been indexed in the Genealogy Quick Look. Many more resources are available through the Midwest Genealogy Center.
Volunteers and staff at the Midwest Genealogy Center have provided indexes to some of the books on our shelves.
Independence Examiner Newspapers
Years Indexed: 1900-1959
The Examiner is the daily newspaper of eastern Jackson County, Missouri, including Independence, Blue Springs, and Grain Valley. The Examiner was started by Col. William Southern in 1898 and ran weekly until 1905. On May 16, 1905, the newspaper became a daily publication entitled The Independence Examiner as well as a weekly publication named the Jackson Examiner. The Genealogy Quick Look includes birth, death, marriage, divorce, and other records from the newspaper primarily from 1900 through 1959. Years 1901-1910 are incomplete. Years 1919-1940s are complete. The collection is an every name index listing all names mentioned in the article.
Jackson, Clay, and Platte Local History Indexes
Years Indexed: 1849-1984
The Jackson, Clay, and Platte Local History Indexes collection includes genealogical and local history material from those counties. The Sue Gentry Index was created by Sue Gentry, a journalist and local historian living in Jackson County. She used this index to facilitate her work and help find information about local places, events, and people. The physical collection resides at the Jackson County Historical Society.
Kansas City Social Registers Blue Books
Years Indexed: 1924-1962
The Social Registers contained names of the most prominent householders in Kansas City, Missouri. This collection compiles the records of Kansas City social directories intermittently for the years 1924 to 1962. Most entries include the names of their children and the maiden names of wives, thus making these books an excellent genealogy resource.
Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times Newspapers
Years Indexed: 1975-2006
Some obituary records from the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Times are indexed through the Genealogy Quick Look. The Kansas City Star, originally called the Kansas City Evening Star, was founded in 1880 and changed to the Kansas City Star in 1885. The Kansas City Times was a morning newspaper published from 1867 to 1990, when it was purchased by the Kansas City Star and then discontinued.
Full obituaries from the Kansas City Star are available online for one year at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/. Legacy.com has an online archive of obituaries from Aug 19, 2002 forward. These can be ordered through Legacy.com for a small fee.
Obituaries from 1991 to the current date are available online through Newsbank, an online database accessible with an MCPL Access Pass.
Previous to 1991, obituaries are available on microfilm at MGC. The Midwest Genealogy Center has the Kansas City Star / Kansas City Times on microfilm from Aug 20,1871 through the current year. The obituary index for 1975 to 1978 on Genealogy Quick Look is complete; records from 1981-2006 are incomplete.
The Call Newspaper
Years Indexed: 1995-2001
The first issue of the Kansas City Call was published by Chester Franklin on May 6, 1919. After his death in 1955, his wife, Ada Franklin, and Lucile Bluford continued publication of the weekly newspaper. The Call is one of the most widely-circulated black newspapers in the United States and includes coverage of events in the African American community in Kansas City and the nation, news of local churches, sports, graduations, marriages, and deaths. The current publisher and editor is Donna Stewart. Obituaries and Remembrances published between 1995 and 2001 are indexed on Genealogy Quick Look. The collection is an every name index listing all names mentioned in the article.
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Pension Claims
Years Indexed: 1936-2010
The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board administers a federal retirement benefits program covering the nation’s railroad workers. This collection is a searchable index of the Inactive Claim Folders that may contain information of interest to genealogists and historical researchers. The Inactive Claim Folders deal primarily with the administration and payment of Railroad Retirement Board Pension Claims of deceased workers. The Railroad Retirement Board continues to retain ownership of claim files deemed to be active. This physical collection of documents in housed at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Atlanta and was transferred from the NARA Great Lakes Region.
The Inactive Claim Folders are only on persons whose employers were covered under the Railroad Retirement Act. Employers such as streetcar, interurban, or suburban electric railways are not covered under this Act.