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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 is only available in the library either through the Wi-Fi or the public computers.

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.

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.

Genealogy Guidepost Video Series

Learn the methodology used to ensure thorough and well documented genealogical research. This four part video series will guide you in your journey to developing important habits in your research. Click here to find more information about this 4-part series. See Part 2 below.

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Brown Bag Lunches for 2022

Once a month the Genealogy Center hosts a Brown Bag lunch program. These programs start at noon one Monday a month. Each month features a different speaker/topic related to genealogy. See the image below for the line-up of programs we have for 2022. These programs are free and no registration is required. For more information about library programs, visit the library's event calendar by clicking here.

Genealogy Center News

The Waco Genealogy Center has a 12-part video series to help you get started with your family history research. Check out all 12 videos here: Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a Twelve Part Series.

Take your research to the next level with tips from our Genealogy Guidepost Series. Learn how develop strong research skills and habits. Check out the series here: Genealogy Guidepost 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!

New to Genealogy?

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 all 12 videos in our Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a twelve part series. 

Building and Researching Your Family Tree, a Twelve Part Series

Part I: Getting Started, First Steps

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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.

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 (in the library only), Fold3,, HeritageQuest, and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps all for FREE. Click here to see a full list of the library's databases. 

Waco Library

1717 Austin Ave. Waco, TX 76701

(254) 750-5941

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