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Reference & Research Assistance

Library staff are available to help you find the answers you need in person, online, or by calling (319) 291-4476.

Local History

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.

Genealogy Databases


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Discover your family history and start your family tree.

This database may only be accessed inside the library.

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Enslaved logo: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.


Heritage Quest

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Discover digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History book collection.

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Provides comprehensive coverage of obituaries and death notices from 1704 through today.

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Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Archives

Courier Archives

Search Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier content from 2001 to present.