Local History and Genealogy Room

Located on the second floor of the library, the Waterloo Public Library Local History & Genealogy Room features:

    • A microfilm reader with file saving, emailing, and printing capabilities

    • Microfilm copies of the Waterloo Courier (1959-present), Waterloo Times-Tribune (1901-1922), Waterloo City Directories (1873-1991), and more

    • A computer for genealogy research

    • A conference table 

    • Local & historical articles, books, Waterloo City Directories (1950-present) and more

*Patrons who wish to conduct research on the computer or use the microfilm computer must present their library card.

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Genealogy Assistance

Would you like assistance with learning how to find your ancestors? The Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society has volunteers each Friday afternoon in the library's Local History & Genealogy Room from 1 pm - 4 pm. No appointments necessary. Learn more about the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society by clicking here. 

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Genealogy Databases


Library Edition
(In-library use only)

Search over 13 billion historical records to explore your family's roots and connect to the past.



Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Newspaper Archives

Newspaper Archives
Library Edition. (In-library use only)

Use Newspaper Archive to search archived newspapers. The Waterloo Courier is available to search 1859 - 1978.


Heritage Quest
Find information on people and places described in census records and historical books.