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Researching in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Terrebonne Parish, LA
The main branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library System is located at 151 Civic Ctr. Dr. in Houma, Louisiana. While there are a number of branches around the parish, the major extensions are the North Branch and the East Branch. 
Terrebonne Parish Public Libraries - Online Access
The genealogy collection is now located at the new main branch on Civic Center Drive. From downtown, take Barrow south and turn right as you pass the Civic Center.  It is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The Genealogy & Local History Room is located on the second floor.  As you exit the elevator or stairs, the room is ahead to the left.  The floor plan is at left.  There are also a number of tables in the room, some with computers.  Note: the computers do have a built-in time limit that will log you off after one hour of use.
The microfilm viewing room has one overhead viewer and four viewer/printers.  It also has an open book scanner that makes copies of books placed face-up on its scanning bed.

A photocopier will be located against the wall between the microfilm and vertical file cabinets.

Open Book Scanner

Genealogical Materials at the Terrebonne Parish Library, Main Branch
   There are literally hundreds of books in the genealogy section. Of course, the largest single category covers south Louisiana, Cajun, and Acadian genealogy. There are also books on other locations and fields of genealogy. Although most books are for library use only, there are duplicate sets of some books that can be checked out. Some of the key resources include:
  • South Louisiana Records by Rev. Donald Hebert
  • Southwest Louisiana Records by Rev. Donald Hebert
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Church Records
  • New Orleans Diocese Sacramental Records
  • Indices for Louisiana (and certain other states) Censuses
  • Published censuses of Terrebonne from 1840 to 1910 (excluding 1890, of course)
  • Indices of obituaries from Terrebonne & Lafourche papers by TGS
  • South Louisiana Vital Family Records (7 volumes) by TGS
  • Cemeteries of Terrebonne Parish (3 volumes) by TGS
  • A 6 volume Acadian work by Bona Arsenault
  • A 7 volume Acadian work by Adrien Bergeron

     The library gets most of the south Louisiana genealogical publications. Back issues of periodicals, especially south Louisiana material, are available.   A number of other genealogical periodicals are also in the collection.
     Census records for all extant censuses are available. The soundex is available for the censuses of 1880, 1900, and 1910. Microfilm copies of old newspaper issues are also available.  A microfilm printer is available at 25 cents a copy. 
     There will be several computers in the Genealogy Room (and many more in other areas of the library.  They are all connected to the internet and have a one hour limit on usage. 
     The collection of CD-ROMs is up to about 60 now, and more are being purchased.  As a staff person about using them. CLICK HERE for a list of CD-ROMs in the collection.

Terrebonne Parish Library Locations
Terrebonne Parish Library - North Branch
     4130 W. Park Ave., Gray, LA
     (985) 868-3050
Terrebonne Parish Library - Main Branch
     151 Civic Center Dr.
     (985) 876-5861
Terrebonne Parish Library - East Branch 
     778 Grand Caillou Rd., Houma, LA 70363
     (985) 876-7072
Terrebonne Parish Library - Bayou Dularge Branch
     837 Bayou Dularge Rd., Houma, LA 70360
     (985) 851-1752
Terrebonne Parish Library - Chauvin Branch
     5612 Hwy 56, Chauvin, LA
     (985) 594-9771
Terrebonne Parish Library - Montegut Branch
     1135 Hwy 55, Montegut, LA
     (985) 594-4390
Terrebonne Parish Library - Bourg Branch
     4455 Grace St., Bourg, LA
     (985) 594-4717

Online Libraries
     The State of Louisiana is also working on putting its library system online.  Most of the major colleges have done so.  The online catalogs are available Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m. - midnight; Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. - midnight.
     Hopefully the Parish Libraries will be added to the system (called LOUIS) soon.  Here are college libraries with online catalogs in Louisiana.
  Baton Rouge Community College
  Bossier Parish Community College
  Delgado Community College
  Louisiana State University
  Louisiana State University at Alexandria
  Louisiana State University at Eunice
  Louisiana State University Law School
  Louisiana State University - Other Libraries
  Louisiana State University at Shreveport
  Louisiana Tech University
  McNeese State University
  Nicholls State University
  Northeast Louisiana University
  Northwestern State University
  Nunez Community College
  Southeastern Louisiana University
  Southern University at Baton Rouge
  Southern University Law Center
  Southern University at New Orleans
  Southern University at Shreveport/Bossier
  University of New Orleans
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ... Phil 4:13
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