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Posted on: April 11, 2019

Research your family history with our Genealogy Department

Research your family history

Do you want to discover your family’s roots? Let our Genealogy Department help you! Housed at our Broadmoor Branch, the SML Genealogy Department can assist you with resources at the library and online to help you uncover your past. They also host regular classes for you to learn more about using our genealogy resources.

Our Genealogy Department provides individual instruction on using genealogy tools and databases. You can contact us to set up an appointment, or come by at your convenience. The Genealogy Department is located at our Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive in Shreveport.

Our Genealogy Department staff members are experts at helping you find the resources you need as you uncover your past. You can reach them at our Broadmoor Branch by calling 318-869-0120 or emailing smlgenealogy@shreve-lib.org. You can find a list of Genealogy Resources available here: https://www.shreve-lib.org/98/Genealogy

Genealogy Classes

Our Genealogy Department hosts a number of classes, including a Beginner’s Genealogy Class, various classes on using the library’s databases, and other monthly specialized classes. We also regularly host meetings with area genealogy and historical organizations for you to learn more about local and family history. These classes are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Genealogy Programs

  • Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting – Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m., Broadmoor Branch
  • Beginners' Genealogy Class – Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m., Broadmoor Branch
  • Genealogy Class: Medical Terms Used in Old Records – Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m., Broadmoor Branch
  • Genealogy Class: Fold3.com – Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m., Broadmoor Branch
  • Genealogy Class: Starting Native American Genealogy Research – Friday, April 26 at 3 p.m., Broadmoor Branch

You can find out more about upcoming Genealogy programs on our calendar: https://www.shreve-lib.org/calendar.aspx?CID=62

Online Resources

You can also access a number of free online resources with your library card to research your family’s history. We have MyHeritage, Fold3, Newspapers.com Library Edition, and Digital Sanborn Maps. These resources are all accessible from anywhere with a library card. If you are at the library, you can also use Ancestry.com Library Edition. We recommend you visit our State Library Database page to access these sites: http://lalibcon.state.lib.la.us/

You can also use these links if you are at the library:

If you want a quick lesson on using these databases, visit our SML Academy page to learn how: https://my.nicheacademy.com/sml

Our library staff has worked with The Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association to digitize and make available old editions of their monthly newsletter, “The Genie.” We also have newsletters from the Genealogy Computer Group (Gencom) and the Friends of Genealogy. These newsletters are available for you to borrow through our Overdrive site.

Local Newsletters

If you want to learn more about our services available online, visit our E-Branch page. If you have questions, you can contact our Digital Services Librarian Caleb Sheaffer at csheaffer@shreve-lib.org or 318-226-4784, or visit your local branch.

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