Genealogy News and Events
Waco Genealogy Center offers help in locating Ancestors in 1940 Census!
On April 2, 2012, the 1940 United States Census was released by the National Archives and Records Administration to the general public. These records are now available in digital format at http://1940census.archives.gov/.
This is the first historical federal decennial survey to ever be released directly to the internet. Since the records have not yet been name indexed, the census will have to be searched by enumeration district. It is anticipated that a nationwide name index will not be available for at least six months to a year.
For additional information please contact the Genealogy Center at 254-750-5945.
Our collection includes:
Over 15,000 books
Census and Soundex
Family Search (a CD-ROM product from The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints that contains the Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index)
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.
New Acquisitions in the Genealogy Center:
Discover the most recent books, journals, and microfilm added to our collection. Recent additions are shelved together in the NEW section for six months for your convenience. This list is updated quarterly.
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.
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.
Our cemetery survey forms may be accessed by clicking on the link below.
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.
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 Central Library.
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.
For additional information on available electronic resources: visit the Genealogy Databases section of our web site.
Disclaimer: The Waco-McLennan County Library System does not monitor, and has no control over, information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content.