Thanks for your note. My Litvaks mostly went to Chicago, but somehow a Chicago Goldberg met/married a Kansas City Ginsberg. And one of the Ginsberg siblings married a woman from Iowa and may have lived there for a while -- but the Iowa/Nebraska border, not Des Moines. And the first Jewish settlements in the KC area appear to have been in Leavenworth and St Joseph, not Kansas City itself. I'm sure at the time it all made sense, but sure wish my ancestors had kept notes.
While I have deep roots in Kansas City - back to Leavenworth during the Civil War - my earliest ancestors there were not Litvaks. My Litvak ancestors settled in Chicago and Des Moines. In Des Moines it is true that many of the early Lithuanian Jews came from the same area of Lithuania, from the area of Kalvarija, Pilviskiai, and Vilkaviskis. Today this is in southwestern Lithuania, near the Polish border. I don't know if they were all related, though it's quite possible. Among the Litvaks in Des Moines were some Ginsbergs, though I have no idea if they had relatives in KC.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
BLOCH, SEGAL, FRIDMAN, KAMINSKY, PLOTNIK/KIN -- LIthuania
GOLDSCHMIDT, HAMMERSCHLAG,HEILBRUNN, REIS(S), EDELMUTH, ROTHSCHILD, SPEI(Y)ER -- Hesse, Germany
COHEN, KAMP, HARFF, FLECK, FRÖHLICH, HAUSMANN, DANIEL -- Rhineland, Germany