Genealogy and Waterford History

The Waterford Genealogical Society meets at the library. You are welcome to attend their meetings. Check the Library Calendar for dates and times.

Access Online Genealogy Databases

Waterford & Oakland County Information 

Library Resources

  • State & Year Coverage of CD-ROM Census Indexes held by WTPL.  Part 1: A-L, Part 2: M-N, and Part 3: O-W
  • Genealogy CD-ROM Databases held by WTPL
  • Waterford High School Yearbooks held by WTPL
  • Books Donated to the Waterford Library by the Waterford Genealogical Society
  • Area Genealogy Research Collections
  • Handouts from Genealogy U classes taught by Irv Rabideau at the Waterford Library
Other Links


Great Places to Start

  • FamilySearch - provides record indexing and pedigrees for tens of millions of individuals. We are a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means when you use at our library, you have access to millions of digitized records and images which are only available at FamilySearch Family History Centers and other affiliate libraries. You will need to create a free account if you don’t already have one.
  • USGenWeb - free access to state and county level data
  • Social Security Death Index - search for individuals receiving social security benefits before death
  • American Local History Network - check out info on the state you're researching
General Collections of Genealogy Links

Michigan Links

Great Lakes Links


Ethnic Links

Immigration & Naturalization Links

Links to Useful Tools

  • American Memory - Historical Collections for the National Digital Library @ the Library of Congress - you may find that old book you need on this site
  • Webpages by Stephen P. Morse - includes Census & Soundex, Ellis Island, Ship Arrivals, Birth Death, and other Vital Records search tools
  • Print a free Ancestral Chart as well as other useful forms