Finding your genealogy at your library

Louisiana public libraries participate in interlibrary loans through Loan Shark. According to the Louisiana ILL website there are, “Sixty-five library systems plus the State Library serve the citizens of Louisiana. Of the 65, 4 serve individual cities or areas smaller than a parish. Those 4 are Morgan City, Jennings Carnegie, South St. Landry, and Opelousas-Eunice. The other 61 are parish (county) wide systems. There are 328 library sites or buildings and 32 bookmobiles”. URL

Find you local library online here. Your local library offers a variety of online databases like all for the price of your library card… free!

The State Library of Louisiana offers a collection of historic photographs called, Louisiana Gumbo. What’s in the Louisiana Gumbo pot?

From the State Library

“Louisiana Works Progress Administration (WPA) Collection The State Library of Louisiana has begun to digitize and provide electronic access to important Louisiana historical WPA material not previously available online. Louisiana WPA materials were placed in the custody of the State Library when the national WPA was terminated in June of 1943.

The collection has since remained, more or less in storage, and in large degree inaccessible. The materials include both text and photographs. The staff of the Federal Writers Project transcribed newspapers, conducted oral interviews and compiled histories. The text material includes traditional songs, beliefs, customs, sayings, stories, recipes, legends, jokes, and accounts of local history. WPA photographers documented a considerable amount of the agency’s varied activities throughout the state, such as urban and suburban lifestyles and construction projects.

The Louisiana Gumbo Project was made possible by a $470,000 National Leadership Grant for Libraries, awarded to the State Library along with the State Museum and the Historic New Orleans Collection. As part of the Louisiana Gumbo Project, this WPA collection will eventually include 10,000 photographs and 2,000 documents. Collection available here“.


About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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