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Researching your family tree? Whether you are looking for your local, national or international roots, our genealogy collection will get you started.

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From locating lost family members to writing up your history, you'll find everything you need in this list to unpuzzle your past.

Waterloo County Genealogy
Discover your ancestors in this region with these resources. Our Waterloo Kin magazine is available from the Queen's Square library.

View our collection of local historical documents

MicrofilmMicrofilm Holdings
Local newspapers dating back to 1849, census, church records, and more are available on microfilm. Please ask at the Queen's Square Member Services desk for assistance.


Find your family's history! Search census, birth, marriage & death records, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more from Canada, US, and Europe. Remote access to this resource ended on December 31, 2021. To access it, please visit your local Idea Exchange location to use it onsite.

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Cambridge Archives Online Research Portal
The Cambridge Archives provides online access to indexed information about records dating back over 200 years, including census records, select marriage licences and obituaries, vital statistics, veterans, meetings and agendas, reports, By-Laws and other important data from the history of Galt, Hespeler, Preston and Blair. There is also a significant collection of images.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid
The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid is a great place to start your genealogical research. This database consists of the surnames, cemetery name and location of over 3 million interments from several thousand cemeteries, cairns, memorials, and cenotaphs in Ontario Canada.

Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people who once called Waterloo Region their home. Search by name, event, business, building, organization, and place.

Archives of Ontario
Information on how to conduct genealogical research. Also contains descriptions of the types of records maintained by the Archives.

Our Ontario Newspapers
Community newspapers from across Ontario, spanning over 200 years. Coverage varies, but can include news article indexing; births, marriages, and deaths indexing & clippings; full page/issue access.

Canada GenWeb Project
Committed to the collection of Canadian genealogical data on the Web.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Over 90,000 links, categorized and cross-referenced.

Genealogy and Family History
The Library and Archives Canada site provides electronic access to genealogical resources in Canada.

Family Search
Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. Use their wiki to find history and resources relating to Waterloo County and the rest of the world.

Find and share genealogical research using the resources at RootsWeb.

Obituary and Obituary Index Collections in Canada
Provided by popular blog "The Ancestor's Hunt" this resource provides an alternative means to newspaper searching to find obituary information. Organized by province for easier searching.

Cambridge Archives: Genealogical Resources
The Archives has most of the family history resources for Cambridge.They are located at:
46 Dickson Street, 2nd Floor Cambridge, ON
519.740.4680, ext.4621
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday


Grace Schmidt Room, KPLGrace Schmidt Room, Kitchener Public Library
Family and local history resources for Kitchener and Waterloo Region, located at:
85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON
519.743.0271, ext. 252


Family History CentreFamily History Centre, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Cambridge branch of the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. Everyone is welcome to visit the centre and use the resources.
181 Myers Road Cambridge, ON
Hours: Tues 10am-12pm, Wed 1pm-3pm, 6:30pm-8pm


Mennonite Archives of OntarioMennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel University College
Collects, preserves, and makes available the recorded experience of Mennonites, Amish, and other related groups in Ontario.
140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON
519.885.0220, ext.24238