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Research Guides

If you are interested in learning more about available genealogical records, follow the links below to find additional information about a variety of topics.

New Books

We are adding new resources to the Genealogy Center every month. Stop by the Genealogy Center to view our New Books section or click the link above to see some of the newest titles.


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Online Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)

A wide range of primary resources for genealogical and historical research. 

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Family Search


One of the largest collections of genealogical data in the world with 2 billion digital images in the FamilySearch historical records collection, catalog and online books. Available in-library only.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library


A continuously growing digital database that has partnered with the National Archives and provides millions of original documents of historic and genealogic interest.

HeritageQuest Online

A comprehensive database of American genealogical sources and is rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Access provided by MOREnet.


HistoryGeo is a family history site that helps you link old maps and land records to your genealogy research.

Only available in the Genealogy Center.

Newspaper Source Plus

Covers >160 major regional newspapers. Contains full text of national and syndicated content.

Contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States, England from 1648, and Canada.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

Large-scale plans of Texas cities and towns from 1867 to 1970 created to assist fire insurance companies. The maps list street blocks and building numbers as well as building usage notes.

Genealogy Video Series

New to genealogy or want to brush up on your skills? Videos from the Genealogy Center are a great way to learn, no matter where you are. Click here to see past videos in our Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a twelve part series. New videos are released on the 3rd Thursday of every month. 

Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a Twelve Part Series

Part I: Getting Started, First Steps

Click the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner to make the video larger.

Take a look around the Genealogy Center!

Visit us in the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center branch located 5301 Bosque Blvd. Suite 275, Waco, Texas 76710.

Call us at 254-750-5945.

Email us at

For more information about library hours and locations please click here.

5 Genealogy Projects to Do From Home

1. Sort through papers. Do you have a stack of notes and photo copies that has piled up? Take some time to review the things you’ve found and get your research organized. You never know what you will re-discover while cleaning up.

2. Write a biographical sketch of one of your ancestors. Is there someone you have spent a lot of time researching? Put all of that hard-work to good use! Write their life story. Having a written story makes it easier to pass this information down to other family members. If you write a few of them, you’ll have created a family history! Make sure to cite your sources so future researchers know where you found the information.

3. Watch a genealogy webinar. There are so many excellent videos available for free online. Take this opportunity to learn tips and tricks to improve your own research. To view virtual classes created by the Waco Genealogy Center click here.

4. Contact relatives. Call, email, or message your aunts, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who may have family stories. Information and heirlooms get passed down through different lines of the family. Maybe a cousin remembers a story that your grandmother never shared with you, or your brother may have a box of old photos just waiting to be scanned.

5. Research using the library's Genealogy Databases. Log-in using your WMCL Library Card to access databases like Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3,, HeritageQuest, and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps all for FREE. Click here to see a full list of the library's databases. 

Genealogy Center News

Ancestry Library Edition is available remotely to WMCL library card holders working from home until December 31, 2021. Courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

We release a free Genealogy Class video on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Check out past videos here: Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a Twelve Part Series.

For information about the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center's current hours please click here or call 254-750-5945.

In the Collection

In the Genealogy Center you will find:

  • Over 32,000 volumes
  • Information for 34 states
  • Maps
  • Access to research databases
  • 6 microfilm readers
  • 2 microfiche readers
  • 3 microfilm/-fiche copiers
  • 1 photocopier
  • 3 research computers

We've got you covered!

Keepsake Crafts

Alisha shows us how to take precious records from your family history and turn them into useful objects that you can enjoy every day! Click here to find other Keepsake Craft videos.


For more information about the Central Texas Genealogical Society visit

Waco Library

1717 Austin Ave. Waco, TX 76701

(254) 750-5941

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