Our Genealogy Room

Our Genealogy room has several resources available to you if you are searching your family history in Franklin Parish. Call the library to schedule a time to come visit our Genealogy room. If you have historical items you’d love to display or donate, don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be honored to display them or make them available to our patrons to see/use.

You can also access the following services while at our Library:


Other Online Genealogy Websites & Resources

Vital Records:

Vital Records Registry Information – Information for requesting Louisiana birth & death certificates from the Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Vital Statistics

Louisiana State Archives – Contact information and materials available at the State Archives Research Library, including online Confederate Pension Applications

Video: Louisiana State Archives Lunch & Learn SeriesVital Records in Louisiana 1811 – 1900

Vital Records Information: United States – Where to locate vital records by state and parish/county – Lists towns that have vital records before they were kept statewide

Louisiana Parish Clerks of Court – Parish by parish listing of contact information for the Louisiana Clerks of Court (which has marriage & divorce records, land records, probate, etc)

Need More Help Finding Death/Birth Dates?

Social Security Death Index – a database containing an index to the social security records of deceased persons whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration

Louisiana Cemetery Board Database – Searchable database of Louisiana cemeteries with contact information

Louisiana Cemeteries – Another alphabetical listing of Louisiana cemeteries that includes transcriptions, photos, CSA burials and more.

Louisiana Cemeteries – Another alphabetical listing of many Louisiana cemeteries. It includes the location & directions to the cemetery and may include cemetery transcripts.

The Advocate Obituary Project – a database containing obituary indexes for the Advocate & State Time pre-1991

Louisiana Biography / Obituary Index – a database that references obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers from 1804 – 1972 and biographical information published in older Louisiana collective biographies

National Archives Census – Online searchable census records

United States Census, Factfinder for the Nation – An explanation of the United States census and what is available on the difference censuses from 1790 to 2000

Other Online Resources

Richland Roots – a collection of photographs, stories, and articles about Richland Parish and surrounding areas.

National Archives & Records Administration – This site offers information / explanations on records available from the National Archives.

National Park Service – Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System – a National Park Service database that offers military information for Confederate & Union soldiers and sailors.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild – a searchable database of passenger lists that have been transcribed to the internet. Includes the Port of New Orleans.

USGenWeb Project – a nationwide online database

Louisiana Archives (USGenWeb Project) – part of a nationwide online database but is specific to Louisiana. It is arranged by parish, has some searchable databases, and is transcribed by volunteers

Google Books – a place to locate possible ancestors in books, such as state annual reports, historical reports, etc.

Family Search – a growing, searchable database – a site to check multiple queries by surname, offering a way to locate ancestral information and living relatives

Chronicling America – Searchable database of America’s historic newspapers from 1789-1963. Sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

State Library of Louisiana Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)  – Search this site for books at the State Library of Louisiana

Need forms to print & use?

Ancestry Library Edition Forms

BYU Family History Library Forms

Family Search Forms