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DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS …

An ancient Chinese proverb says, “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” At some point, we all become curious about our roots, and the Rapides Parish Library can help you discover them.

People trace their family tree for many reasons: Some are trying to find their ethnic background. Others hope someone famous is in their lineage while others are just curious.

Regardless of the reason, there are resources at your Rapides Parish Library that can help you get started on your path to self-discovery. Enjoy our Genealogy for Adults two-part virtual series that features The Gene Hunter Shera Broussard LaPoint on YouTube (https://bit.ly/RPLyoutube). 

If you prefer to learn more, RPL is the home of over 300 genealogical research texts. From children’s books like Guide to Genealogy by T.J. Resler to in-depth books such as All-in-One Basic to Advanced Guide to Genealogy & Ancestry by Kimberly L. Berry, there is a book for every research expertise level.

Visit any RPL location and try Ancestry.com Library Edition to discover surname meanings, historical person search, genealogy, obituaries, or historical search collections such as vital records, census records, and military records.

If you visit the Reference Department at Main Library in downtown Alexandria, LA, friendly staff members can assist you with your genealogical pursuit through various resources such as the Louisiana Census on microfilm, different family histories in print, and various high school yearbooks donated throughout the years.  Additionally, you might find clues for your search within the local history reference collection of Rapides Parish, Avoyelles Parish, Vernon Parish, and the City of Alexandria. This exclusive collection includes works from Dr. Sue Eakins, Mr. Carl Lorant, and Father Chad Partain. Depending on your preference, the Reference Department can either point you in the right direction or assist you in conducting the research.

Regardless of why you begin searching for your ancestors, the Rapides Parish Library provides many resources for you to start understanding your brook’s source and unearthing your roots.

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