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The Joseph Bennett McGuire Genealogy Room at the Main Branch (1800 Stubbs, Monroe)
is open during the below hours.

  • Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday 2:00pm- 5:00 pm. In addition to our many printed resources, the Genealogy Room also provides access to the Family Search CD. This product is available on the Public PC Workstations in the Genealogy Room and contains the following searchable databases:

1940 census 

Links to Subscription databases:

Some databases require authentication when outside of the library. If so you will be asked for your library barcode and a PIN. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number on file with us.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820

Ancestry Library (available at all branches)

Polaris Fusion - Photos, newspaper articles, and historical documents from the library's  Special Collections Department. Just search by any method and if you are just interested in digital content limit by Digital Collection.

Ancestral File
Contains the collected genealogies of millions of families throughout the world. The files link individuals into pedigrees showing their ancestors and descendants. Also contains the addresses of the people who submitted the information.

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. The rest have been submitted by church members. The names have not been sorted into family groups or pedigrees.

Family History Library Catalog
Lists and describes the records, books, microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library. It does not contain the actual record, just a description of it.

Social Security Death Index
Contains an index of 39.5 million 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.

We now have the Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861 - 1865 on CD. This is the transcribed list of names that index the compiled Confederate service records at the National Archives. Listed are the names of the entire Confederate Army (1.5 million names in all), including every soldier from every state at every rank, in a cumulative index. For each soldier, name, highest rank achieved, unit of service, and state are provided. Also provided is essential information for obtaining an actual military service record. Ask at the genealogy desk for more information.

We also provide access to ANCESTRY.COM (Available on the Internet at all branch libraries) . This database is only accessible on public computers located in our libraries. Remote access is not available at this time. is one of the leading online resources for tracing family history, making accessible through one simple search more than 500 million names contained in the most comprehensive and diverse collection of online genealogical databases available. Databases include: Census records, the Social Security Death Index and Ancestry World Tree.

Genealogy PCs have Internet access as well, but please keep in mind that researchers may use our public PC workstations in the genealogy room for genealogy research only!

Check out these interesting Genealogy Links!

Please call the Main Branch-Genealogy Room for more information at (318) 327-1490.

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