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In addition to our many printed resources, the Genealogy Room also provides access to public workstations and provides access to several online resources for conducting genealogical research.


NEW! We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a permanent collection of the American Antiquarian Society's Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1-5. This collection of historical magazines document the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The periodicals were published from 1684 - 1912. Click the icon to do a search. 


NEW! Newspapers.com Southern Edition for libraries is an extensive database that provides access to dozens of historical newspapers published in the South. It contains full runs and portions of runs for well known, regional and state titles. This is an invaluable tool for researchers and genealogists in our region. Click on the icon to do a search. 


  • Ancestry.com We provide access to Ancestry.com Library Edition. This database is only accessible on public computers located in our libraries. Ancestry.com is one of the leading online resources for tracing family history. Databases include census records, the Social Security Death Index and Ancestry World Tree.
  • Polaris Fusion  Photos, newspaper articles, and historical documents from the library's  Special Collections Department.
  • International Genealogical Index Contains over 200 million names of individuals from around the world. The names come from vital records from the early 1500s to 1885. 
  • Family History Library Catalog Lists and describes the records, books, microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library.  
  • Social Security Death Index  Contains an index of deceased people who had social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. 
  • Military Index Lists individuals in the United States military service who died or were declared dead in Korea or Vietnam from 1950 to 1975.

*Genealogy PCs may be used by the public for genealogical research only.

*We have a collection of local area newspapers dating back to 1825 on microfilm, as well as almost 2,000 historical photos available for research. 


For more information on the Main Branch Genealogy Room, please call (318) 327-1490 ext. 3022.
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