Genealogy

Below are lists of books, services, databases, and websites that can help you fill out your family tree and pursue the rest of your genealogy goals.

Microfilm

The Livingston Parish Library offers microfilm reading at our Main Branch. Our new digital microfilm reader can store images into a digital document that can be transferred to a USB Drive, e-mailed, or printed. All microfilm is in-library use only. As a part of this service, patrons are now able to order microfilm from interlibrary loan that can be viewed in the library. Interlibrary loan allows patrons to request materials not found in the Livingston Parish Library collection from outside of the Livingston Parish Library System. In order to request microfilm from interlibrary loan, please see a staff member.

Patrons can also order microfilm from FamilySearch.org, a nonprofit website that offers free family history and genealogy records through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library is a designated FamilySearch Center that can receive materials for patrons on loan from FamilySearch.org. Are you interested in ordering microfilm at the Livingston Parish Library? Please call Collection Development at (225) 686-2489 to submit your request.

Genealogy Web Resources

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

This is a comprehensive website for research on African-Americans who may have been slaves in Louisiana between 1719 and 1820.

Beginning Your Genealogical Search: A Guide to African American Genealogy

Contains tips and resources for African Americans beginning their ancestral search.

Bureau of Land Management

This site is a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

Cyndi’s List

This site is an online index to genealogy subjects on the internet. Any topic related to genealogy is covered in some form here, from Acadian genealogy to researching the War of 1812.

Digital Louisiana Newspapers Project

This site is managed by LSU Libraries. It contains 56 newspapers published in Louisiana between 1836 and 1922. You can search by keyword within a specific publication or across all publications in Louisiana. This site is linked with the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America (Chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) project which contains digitized newspapers from across the country.

DistantCousin Genealogy

DistantCousin is a free online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. In all, we have more than 10 million genealogy records from over 4,273 sources online. There are no fees or memberships required to use the records at DistantCousin. Everything on the site is available for your use.

Family Search

FamilySearch.org is the largest genealogy organization in the world. The site is completely free and provides access to census records, the social security death index, wills, burial records, and much more. The site also has a valuable Learn section with lessons about various aspects of genealogy research.

Family Search also has a searchable catalog of microfilm records. You can order microfilm that you find on the site through our collection development department and read them on our microfilm reader. For more information, call (225) 686-2489.

GenForum

This site, run by ancestry.com, is host to forums discussing genealogy topics including: specific states, countries, and surnames. It’s a great resource to find and contact other genealogists.

Google Books

This site is a great way to find free books or to get a preview of a book that you think might be helpful. Perform searches for places and ancestor names and see what you find. If you have an eReader, you can also transfer books you find to your device. Google Books features both free books and books for sale. If a book you are interested in costs money, you can usually search the pages to see what it contains before deciding whether or not to purchase it, and then follow the links on the left-hand side to purchase a physical or digital copy.

How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors

A document containing tips from the National Park Service on beginning to discover your immigrant ancestors.

Louisiana Digital Archives

This is “an online library of Louisiana institutions that provides over 144,000 digital materials.” The collection includes maps, oral histories, photographs, books, manuscripts, and other documents. It is free to use and you can search or browse for an area, time period, or person of interest.

Louisiana State Archives

While visiting the archives in person is the only way to access all of the available content, their website offers research guides and indexes to the physical collection. Use the site to access a database of Confederate soldiers included in the Confederate Pension Application Index, or to find a list of names included on New Orleans Ship Passenger Lists in 1851.

Start Your Genealogy Research

A guide to genealogy resources available at the National Archives.

The USGenWeb Project

This site is run by a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

Local Resources

The Edward Livingston Historical Association

The Edward Livingston Historical Association meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM in our Main Branch. The group is dedicated to local history and genealogy. They bring in speakers on topics of interest to genealogists, and compile and publish information about Livingston Parish History. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the organization, attend one of their monthly meetings.

Livingston Parish Clerk of Court

The Livingston Parish Courthouse contains records relevant to genealogical research such as marriage licenses, land records, and plats. To contact the Clerk of Court, call 225.686.2216 or e-mail questions@livclerk.org.

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All branches of the Livingston Parish Library will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

All branches will resume regular business hours on Saturday, November 25.