Please join us at our new home, located at the new Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. We are located on the second floor in the Special Collections Department, sharing the space with Archives and the Baton Rouge Room. We are now open and excited to welcome patrons new and old!
8am to 10pm Monday -Thursday
8am to 6pm Friday - Saturday
2pm to 10pm Sunday
7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
FamilySearch and the Smithsonian Institute present The Freedmen's Bureau Project
To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.
Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.
HOW DO WE FIND THEM?
Every name brings us closer to completing this project. The progress meter shows what percentage of the records we’ve indexed so far. But there’s still more work to do. See how you can get involved today to help millions discover their roots.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Genealogy Collection focuses on southern states and includes:
Microfilm: Slave papers, legal records, city directories, plantation records, church records, & passenger records.
Print Resources: Books, newsletters, magazines, local histories, family genealogies, & vertical files.
Electronic Resources: Ancestry.com Library edition, HeritageQuest, Fold3, & Internet resources.