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About the Genealogy Collection

The collection includes:

  • Over 23,000 books
  • Census and Soundex
  • Texas County Records on microfilm are available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Our department also contains 10 microfilm readers, 3 microfiche readers, 2 microfilm/-fiche copiers, 1 photocopier, and 7 computers with internet access.

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McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group

The McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group is an informal group of citizens interested in the cemeteries and/or burials in McLennan County, Texas. Our group is a volunteer organization of the Waco-McLennan County Library-Genealogy Division.

Members include:

Bill Buckner, Division Manager and other staff members

Members of the Central Texas Genealogical Society Projects Committee

Members from the general public.

Anyone interested in helping to preserve cemetery data for the future is welcome. There is no charge or fee associated with our group-we are volunteers working to protect McLennan County history. Our goal is to become the source of information on Waco and McLennan County cemeteries by providing accurate documentation of cemetery histories and inventories.

The McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group seeks to provide a forum for discussion on our area cemeteries, as well as to become a source of information and record preservation for all McLennan County cemeteries and burials. Our activities to date include:

  • Creating a Master List of McLennan County cemeteries
  • Establishing guidelines for inventorying cemeteries
  • Creating forms to ensure uniform collection of data
  • Inventorying cemeteries in danger of being abandoned and cemeteries not previously recorded
  • Updating cemetery inventories on file at the Library
  • Maintaining a resource file on each identified cemetery

If you are interested in preserving the historical information of our cemeteries please join us for a meeting! For more information, click here.

Online Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library edition (ALE): this family history research database in the library version of Ancestry.com and contains over 1.2 million records including the US Census from 1820's-1930's, births, marriages and death records, immigration records, biographies, newspapers and periodicals and more. Available for in Library use only.

Fold3, previously known as Footnote
Fold3, a continuously growing digital database that which has partnered with the National Archives, provides millions of original documents of historic and genealogic interest. Available for in Library use only.

Genline: Swedish Church Records Online: this digital image database of Swedish church records from the 16th-20th century has over 16 million records. Records consist of birth/baptismal, confirmation, marriage, death/burial, church ledgers and household examinations rolls. Available for use in the Genealogy Department at the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center.

HeritageQuest Online: Among the TexShare databases, HeritageQuest Online provides patrons with searchable genealogy content. Census images and indexes are provided for various census as well as access to 25,000 family and local histories.

To access other History Databases, visit the eResources page.