Genealogy tools, St. Mary Parish Genealogy

Free Stuff Friday

Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 10.56.30 AM.pngI don’t know if this is a thing so I’m starting Free Stuff Friday – as in free genealogy tools on the Internet. Because if it’s not a thing, it should be!

Maybe you don’t go to the public library because you just download books to your Kindle (I tend to roll up to the library drive though myself). What you should know is that libraries have evolved from the days when you’d sit in a dark room and scroll through census records on microfilm.

Libraries now have tons of digital resources – and it’s all free if you don’t count the taxpayer dollars you pay.

Take, for example, the St. Mary Parish Library in Louisiana. You can find countless issues of the St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune newspaper online. They’re even searchable. Here’s the link: 

But there’s more!

From the comfort of your home, you can look at civil war survivors’ schedules published in 1890. These records capture Union veterans.





4 thoughts on “Free Stuff Friday”

  1. Thank you for your tips! The reason I don’t go to the San Francisco Main Library anymore is that it is often unpleasant because many of the local people in crisis go there to use the restrooms to shoot up, etc. I don’t judge that, but it can be unnerving for someone like me. So the use of online tools is a great suggestion!

    1. I have the same problem with the downtown library in Baton Rouge. I don’t begrudge the homeless for finding a safe and cool place, but it can be a little unnerving to deal with those who have mental issues.

  2. I have just found your website, and would like to do more research into my paternal family & name: Gouaux. First names: Francois, Leon, Rene and more, from Houma. My great grandfather was a druggist (Gouaux’s Anti Asthma Powder).

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