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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

(225) 231-3751

Featured database

The Advocate Obituary Project indexes obituaries appearing in the State Times or Morning Advocate.  Years covered to date:  1952-59; 1960-69; 1970-79; 1980-91. To use these files: Save the file(s) to the Computer's Desktop and then Open them for optimal viewing.

Juneteenth 150th Anniversary: Announcing The Freedmen's Bureau Project


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.


Click here to learn how to get started indexing

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.

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About this Guide


This Guide is to assist the beginning Genealogist. For help, please contact us at (225) 231-3751 or email

About the Collection

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: Library edition, HeritageQuest, Fold3, & Internet resources.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Genealogy Collection is close to other holdings such as the Louisiana State Archives, the Family History Center, LSU's Hill Memorial Library and the Archives at the Clerk of Court. Altogether, we provide a vast array of genealogical treasure just waiting to be discovered.