Genealogy Databases

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We have two primary genealogical databases that are freely accessible within any branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library. We also have a subscription to a specialized genealogical website, which can be accessed from a library computer in the Covington and Slidell branches only.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition contains the following records and can only be accessed from any of our library branches (either via library computer or a personal laptop/device using the library’s wireless connection):

  • U.S. Federal Census Collection – covers 1790-1940 and includes name indexes and original images.
  • United Kingdom and other International Census Collection – consists of name indexes and original images starting with 1871.
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Records – includes the Social Security Death Index; the England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales Parish and Probate Records (1500s-1837); and the England and Wales Civil Registration Index (1837-present).
  • Immigration Collection – original images of passenger and immigration lists from New York (1851-1891) and San Francisco (1893-1953), plus the New Orleans passenger lists (1820-1850), New York Petitions for Naturalization Index (1792-1906) and the Wuerttemberg Emigration Index.
  • Military Records Collection – features the World War I Draft Registration Cards with original images, the Civil War Service Records and the World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans interred overseas.
  • Biography and History Collection – contains the 200-volume American Genealogical Biographical Index; the Federal Writers Project slave narratives; the Dawes Commission Index (1898-1914); and the Daughters of American Revolution Lineage Books.
  • Other Collections – includes sought-after sources such as court, land/probate records, family trees, message boards, directories, member lists, charts, forms, historical maps, and more.

HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest has unique records available in the category of genealogy.  These records can be accessed from home with your library card or within one of our library branches.  HeritageQuest contains the following information:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses – feature the original images of every federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total, the collection covers more than 140 million names.
  • Genealogy and local history books – deliver more than seven million digitized pages from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) – published by Allen County Public Library (Indiana), and recognized as one of the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than two million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
  • Revolutionary War records – contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files, which help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers, and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records – contain more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865-1874. Offer valuable data in tracing African-American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set – records include the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

AmericanAncestors.org

This is a subscription service provided to the library through the New England Historical Genealogy Society. This website is partially free to the public, but access to their transcriptional database can only be secured through a library computer (no personal computer or wireless device) at either the Covington or Slidell Branch. Information that is available through their services includes but is not limited to:

  • Transcriptional Databases for the New England Colonies
  • Digital Books and genealogy magazines
  • Local history and records
  • Digitized family histories
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