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14th Annual Genealogy Lock-in - Discover History for Yourself

In celebration of “Family History” month in October, the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library System, in cooperation with the Central Texas Genealogical Society (CTGS), will be sponsoring the 14th Annual Genealogy Lock-in on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 10:30 p.m. at the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center, 5301 Bosque Blvd., Suite 275 in Waco.  This event is free and open to any members of the public who have an interest in genealogy.  

The purpose of the event is to showcase the Library’s genealogy collection and provide an awareness of the hereditary and historical societies represented in this area.  It is a great opportunity for both the novice and experienced researcher to learn more about genealogy, pursue their individual family’s history, and to learn about local hereditary and historical societies. The Lock-in will include genealogical advice, instruction, snacks, and door prizes.

This is the 4th year the Lock-in will share ‘virtual programming’ with other libraries and genealogical societies from across the State of Texas.  This year’s participants include: Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Denton Public Library, Plano Public Library, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (Houston Public Library), San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, Amarillo Public Library, Abilene Public Library and Corsicana Public Library.

Programming includes a series of in-house and virtual classes from Noon-10:30 p.m.  For the beginner family historian there will be a ‘Fundamentals for Beginning Genealogy Research’ class (in-house) at 6:00 p.m.  Virtual classes include a lecture on ‘Five Civilized Tribes Indian Research’; a discussion about ‘Building the West Texas Digital Archives’; a look at the genealogical potential of the AncestryDNA autosomal test; a demonstration of search strategies for; a discussion on how to ‘Think Like a Historian to Expand Your Research’; and a presentation on ‘Using Evernote for your Genealogical Research.’ An additional in-house program will be at 1:45 p.m. ‘Genealogical and Historic Records Available at the Texas Military Forces Museum,’ by Deputy Director Lisa Sharik.

Numerous McLennan County and Central Texas hereditary societies will be represented.  Look for the local chapters of the NSDAR, SCV, DRT, Colonial Dames, UDC, Texas German Society, SRT, SAR, Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, as well as, the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, Texas Czech Genealogical Society, Central Texas Genealogical Society and more.  Additionally, representatives will be on hand from the Waco Family History Center,, Baylor University Institute for Oral History, Texas General Land Office, McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group, McLennan County Archives, McLennan County Historical Commission, Historic Waco Foundation, and the Texas Collection at Baylor University. Find out what records, research tools, databases, services and products these groups have to offer.

The Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will host an “Ancestors Roadshow” from 3:30-9:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an opportunity to have a free 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. You may ask questions about a specific genealogical problem or get general information on how to approach a research problem. Time slots are limited. Roadshow appointments are limited to one per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-up registration will begin at 3:00 p.m. The registration process includes completing an online questionnaire and initial screening interview. The questionnaire can be found at

Additionally, visit the Demo Showcase for informal website tutorials; discussions; collection overviews; and re-enactors, such as Charles Oliver representing a Confederate soldier or Bill Covington representing the common soldier of the American Revolution.

Early registration for the Lock-in begins at 11:45 a.m. in the foyer at the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center. Security will be provided after 6:00 p.m.

Library facilities other than Genealogy will not be available for use after 6:00 p.m. during the Lock-in.  Children under the age of 16 attending the event must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Bill Buckner, Genealogy Center Manager of the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center at (254) 750-5945 or by e-mail  or visit /


Full Program of Events (PDF)


2014 CTGS Genealogy Beginner's Class Schedule

Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (doors open at 10 am)

Saturday, August 9, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (doors open at 10 am)

Friday, October 17 as part of the 14th annual Genealogy Lockin

2014 Roots that Bind Workshop






2013 Genealogy Lockin

Attendees in the Finding Success with Family Search Webinar

Attendees in the WHO AM I beginner's class webinar

Brenda McGuire at a Public Computer

Carol Teinert Moravec from the Wendish Society

Christy and Joey White-Swift chat with Revolutionary War reenactor Bill Covington

Revolutionary War Re-enactor Bill Covington

Dee Winter and Mark Dutton from Find-a-Grave

Diane Christie researching in the genealogy stacks

Dottie Bishop researching with Ancestry

Evelyn Skopik from the Czech Society

Family Tree Maker presentation by Kristi DeCluitt

Gina Andrie consults with Rob Meaux and David Galloway from the Genealogy Roadshow

Jackie Turner doing Research

Kevin Klaus from the Texas General Land Office

Larry Peik and William Marrs of the sons of the American Revolution

Linda Dvork with door prize awarded by Brenda Golubski

Lisa Smith assistas a Patron

Lock-in registration

Lyn Lawson from Scandinavian Friends

Marilyn Holland doing personal research

Mary Youngblood and Dorothy Bates from the D.A.R.

Michael Belcher with Ancestor's Roadshow on Skype with a patron from the San Angelo Library

Michael Belcher assists Kay Smith

Nancy Kelsey making copies

Norma Thronburg and Agnes Barnes from the NS D.A.R.

Pat Wade shows off her door prize

Patrons researching in the Genealogy Department

Presentation of Find-a-Grave by Carla Hines

Civil War Re-enactor Charles Oliver

Renaldo Ramirez consults with Trudy and Kerry McGuire from the McLennan County Archives

Researching in the Genealogy Department

Sherry Creech, another door-prize winner

SOCV members Norman Lovorn, Charles Oliver, Hayden Moody and Lynn Simpson

Texas German Society representatives Andrea Baker and Betty Hubbard

Who Am I Webinar in progress

Webinar on Texas Land Grants


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

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.

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.



Free Forms

Our cemetery survey forms may be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Terms of Use: Intended for personal, non-commercial usage. Please leave copyright statement intact.

Cemetery Inventory Form

Cemetery Survey Form



Online Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library edition (ALE): this family history research database in the library version of 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.


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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.





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