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Waterloo Historical Society

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Kitchener Public Library and the Waterloo Historical Society (WHS) have shared a common goal of preserving local history. The WHS has kept its collection and archives in the library since 1912. 


Waterloo Historical Society
c/o Grace Schmidt Room
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON N2H 2H1



Ontario Genealogical Society, Waterloo Region Branch

Ontario Genealogical Society

The Waterloo Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) houses their collection of local and regional genealogical and reference materials in the Grace Schmidt Room. These materials include family histories, cemetery and census transcriptions, church records and local history books.

Formed in 1972, the Waterloo-Wellington Branch of the OGS served the research interests of Wellington and Waterloo Counties until late 2000. In 2001, the branch split into the Waterloo Region and Wellington County Branches. The Wellington County Branch transferred its collection to the Guelph Public Library, while the Waterloo Region Branch continues to maintain its collection at Kitchener Public Library.

The Waterloo Region Branch of the OGS is a virtual branch. For more information, visit

Provincial Office

Visit the Provincial Office of the OGS at, or contact:

Ontario Genealogical Society
2100 Steeles Avenue West, Unit #202
Concord, ON L4K 2V1

Toll-free: 855-MYROOTS (855-697-6687)
Tel: 416-489-0734
Fax: 855-695-8080

OGS Publications

The Waterloo Region Branch and the OGS offer a number of genealogical publications for sale to the public. These must be ordered and purchased from the OGS e-Store.