Sources for Genealogy
Family history research is popular -- and tricky. Use these databases to begin your exploration or to delve deeper into the history of your ancestors.
NEW!!!! Searchable online microfilm of the Advocate and Times Picayune historical archives. (library card is required)
NEW!!!! Fold3 from Ancestry.com. Over 400 million records including military records, milestone documents, census records, and special interest pages.
Ancestry.com Library Edition - available in the library only
Historical records, census and voter lists. Click here for more details.
Useful for census information and African American genealogical research, this database also contains books, articles, Revolutionary War information and information from the records of the US Congress. Click here for more details.
Search current newspapers from across the nation. Some start as early as 1986. Great for recent obituaries.
Baton Rouge Advocate and New Orleans Times Picayune Historical Newspaper Collection
A special collection of the Baton Rouge Advocate (1925-1985) and New Orleans Times Picayune (1837-1988) Historical Newspapers have been added to our Newsbank database. These digital scans are of the newspapers themselves, and contain the original images and advertisements not just the text from the articles. (Note: These are only accessible from inside the library)