Monday, February 22, 2010

Find your Family Tree at the library!

Here at the main branch, we have a whole room dedicated to genealogy research. Our collection focuses on the local area, especially Terrebonne Parish, but we have plenty of books on almost every other state. Some of our most popular resources include South Louisiana Vital Family Records (nicknamed the “Father Hebert books”) which are fabulous for looking up early birth, marriage, and death records. Also, we have Terrebonne Parish census records, indexed obituaries, cemetery records, and microfilm images of Terrebonne Parish newspapers back to 1855.

You should also take advantage of two very useful online databases: Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online. can only be used in the library and features searchable marriage, death, military enlistment, and census records from all U.S. states as well as other countries. Heritage Quest Online consists of U.S. census records, local histories, and book searches. It can be used in the library or at home using your library card number.

Once you begin your research, the library provides several charts to use. In particular, we have 3 Generation Pedigree Charts, 6 Generation Pedigree Charts, and Family Group Record Sheets (which includes siblings). So, if you’ve ever considered mapping out your family tree, the library has everything you need to get started!


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