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Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy databases and websites


Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)
Genealogy database includes census images, vital statistics, family trees and historic records
HeritageQuestOnline (library card required from home)
Research your f amily's history online using census records and published family and local histories. Includes PERSI, Periodicals Source Index, for genealogical and local history magazines
Newspaper Archive (in-library use only)
The largest historical newspaper database online.  It contains millions of searchable pages from hundreds of newspapers dating back to the 1700s.  The collection includes coverage from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Black Hawk County GenWeb
Links to genealogical resources for Black Hawk County
Cyndi's List
A large site with thousands of links, categorized and cross-referenced in over 50 categories. Extensive and easy to use.
Ellis Island
Search the records for those who passed through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
Maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this allows access to not only genealogical records, but their comprehensive library catalog.
A source for the beginning and advanced genealogist. Includes links to free databases, step-by-step guides to genealogy, "tips of the day," and a comprehensive site-finder and a family-finder.
Iowa Genealogical Society
IGS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and foster an interest in genealogy and to aid others in researching their family history.
Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society
Resources available from the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society


Local History websites


Black Hawk County History
Brief history of Black Hawk County from the county's website
Cedar Falls History
Brief history of Cedar Falls from the city's website
Cedar Falls Historical Society
Learn about the life and times of the people of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Grout Museum District
Five museums in Waterloo, Iowa that explore the region's history, culture and sciences
State Historical Society of Iowa
A main repository of Iowa historical and genealogical information.
Iowa Digital Heritage Project
an online repository for Iowa history and culture