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Ancestry.com Library Edition
This popular consumer online genealogy resource is now available to library patrons for free. It features an online collection of over 4 billion individuals from North America, Europe, Australia, and more. Explore genealogy sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
Available in-library only.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s - that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
HeritageQuest is available in-library and from your home with your Livingston Parish Library card.
Louisiana Digital Library
An online library of over 144,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people. It also includes digitized, searchable newspaper resources featuring a collection of papers from the Antebellum Period and selected Louisiana newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Available in-library and from home with a library card number.
LPL Digital Archives
The Livingston Parish Library Digital Archives houses complete, text-searchable issues of the Livingston Parish News dating back to January 1925. Search and browse by keyword, first and last name, year, and more! Newspaper images can also be cropped and printed, or saved as PDF files.
Microfilm at the LPL
The LPL offers microfilm reading at the Main Branch in Livingston. 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 available for 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 LPL collection from outside of the Livingston Parish Library System. In order to request microfilm from interlibrary loan, please see a staff member.
Click here to view microfilm resources available at the Main Branch in Livingston.
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. If you're interested in ordering microfilm at the LPL, please call Collection Development at (225) 686-2489 to submit your request.
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy is a comprehensive website for research on African-Americans who may have been slaves in Louisiana between 1719 and 1820.
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management 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 researchers to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).
Cyndi's List 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.
Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP)
Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) is managed by LSU Libraries and 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 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, there are 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.
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 is host to forums discussing genealogy topics including specific states, countries, and surnames. It’s a great resource to find and contact other genealogists.
Louisiana State Archives
While visiting the Louisiana State 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.
Starting Your Genealogy Research
A guide to genealogy resources available at the National Archives.
USGenWeb 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.
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 in Livingston. The group is dedicated to local history and genealogy. They invite speakers on topics of interest 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.