Research Guides: Genealogy Resources

Louisiana Genealogy Resources
The best place in Baton Rouge to trace your ancestors is the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, located at 7711 Goodwood Boulevard.  Its Genealogy Collection contains a wide range of resources and offers free access to Ancestry.com (not available at LSU). Librarians who specialize in doing genealogical research are also on hand to help you. For more information, click here.

The LSU Libraries' genealogical resources focus mostly on Louisiana and are particularly strong in newspapers. For an in-depth guide to available resources, see Louisiana Genealogical Materials in the LSU Libraries (printable PDF file).

Be aware that many excellent resources are available online for free.  These include:

FamilySearch.org
This extensive database is provided by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the largest genealogy library in the world. You can search it for free by setting up a personal account. Includes census, birth, marriage, death, immigration, military, and other records from around the world.

Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index
Index of obituaries that appeared in New Orleans newspapers from 1804 to 1972 and biographical information published in older Louisiana collective biographies.

Findagrave.com
Database of more than 100 million grave records throughout the United States. Helpful for finding birth and death dates and occasionally other biographical information and photos.
 
General Resources
Access Genealogy
Directory of genealogy websites.

Ancestry.com
The world’s largest online resource for family history. Subscription required (free access available at Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Parish Library).

Association of Professional Genealogists
Get help from an expert.

Census Guide
From the LSU Libraries' Government Documents & Microforms Department.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library
Search various genealogical databases.

Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Foundation 
Offers free searching of over 51 million passenger records.

FamilySearch.org
The largest free genealogy database. Just set up a user profile.

Find My Past
Subscription database. More than 1.7 billion international family history records (mostly English language). Records go back to the year 1200. 

Fold3.com
Extensive source of military records dating back to the Revolutionary War. Subscription required (free access available at Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Parish Library).

Social Security Death Index
Various providers. See "External Links" at bottom of this Wikipedia article.

The USGenWeb Project
Miscellaneous genealogical information organized by state.
 
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