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Genealogy and Special Collections


The Genealogy and Special Collections Department help patrons research their family and local history. The Joseph Bennet McGuire Genealogy Room is located on the first floor of the Main Branch Library. In the Genealogy Room, you can access hundreds of books, yearbooks, microfilm, and family histories. There are also computers available for you to use. The Genealogy Room is open during these hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The India King Stubbs Special Collections and Rare Book Room is on the second floor of the Main Branch Library. Fragile and unique items are housed in this room, so please schedule an appointment with a staff member to visit. To make an appointment, please email genealogy_SC@oplib.org, or call 318.327.1490 ext. 3030.

Library Resources: Family History

Ancestry.com Library Edition is one of the leading online resources for tracing family history. The database offers census records, the Social Security Death Index, and Ancestry World Tree. Ancestry.com Library Edition is only accessible on public computers located in any of our 10 branches. Click here to access Ancestry.com.

Library Resources: Local History

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals
This collection of historical magazines (Series 1-5) document American life from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction. The periodicals were published from 1684-1912. Click here to access American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals.

ProQuest's Newspapers.com Library Southern Edition is an extensive database with access to hundreds of historical newspapers published throughout the South. It contains full runs and portions of runs for well-known, regional and state titles. Publiations include the Monroe News-Star, the Monroe Morning World, and more than 1,500 newspapers. Click here to access Newspapers.com.

Virtual Walking Tours of Monroe and West Monroe
Ouachita Parish Public Library Genealogist Lora Peppers has created virtual walking tours of Monroe and West Monroe for Library patrons. Click here to access the virtual Monroe tour, and click here to access the virtual West Monroe tour.

Louisiana Digital Library
Access more than 100,000 historical Louisiana digital items in the Louisiana Digital Library. Click here to access the Louisiana Digital Library, and click here to access Ouachita Parish Public Library's collection within the Louisiana Digital Library.

Additional Genealogical Links:

Cyndy Robertson, MLIS - Head of Genealogy and Special Collections
318.342.1490 ext. 3030

Lora Peppers - Genealogist
318.342.1490 etc. 3022

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The mission of the Ouachita Parish Public Library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish.


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