Reference & Research Assistance
Library staff are available to help you find the answers you need in person, online, or by calling (319) 291-4476.
Located on the second floor of the library, our Local History & Genealogy Room features:
- A microfilm reader with file saving, emailing, and printing capabilities
- Microfilm copies of the Waterloo Courier (1859-present), Waterloo Times-Tribune (1901-1922), Waterloo City Directories (1873-1991), and more
- A computer for genealogy research*
- 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.
Discover your family history and start your family tree.
This database may only be accessed inside the library.
Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.
Access US military records including stories, photos, and personal documents.
Discover digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History book collection.
Provides comprehensive coverage of obituaries and death notices from 1704 through today.
Search newspaper archives for Obituary, Birth Records, Death Records.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Archives
Search Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier content from 2001 to present.