About Genealogy

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About the SWLA Genealogical & Historical Library

The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library is located on the 1st floor and to the left of the main entrance to the Carnegie Memorial Library, located at the intersection of Pujo (a one-way street from east to west) and Bilbo Streets, in historic downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana.

  • Operating hours: 9a - 6p (Mon. - Fri.) and 9a - 5p (Sat.)
  • Contact phone number: 337-721-7110
  • Email address: genstaff@calcasieu.lib.la.us
  • Manager: Brandon Shoumaker
  • Programs/Events

Library patrons will find 1 hour parking available along Bilbo Street on the west side of the library, unlimited parallel parking along Pujo Street, and in the lot at the southeast corner of Pujo and Bilbo Streets.

A kitchen area with vending machines, refrigerator, and ice maker is available for use by patrons.

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library system's online catalog is is available on-line in all library branches as well as through this website.
The website also includes a Genealogy Resource Line to the Genealogy Library's holding of microfilm and compiled genealogies as well as links to other interesting genealogy-related websites.

Collection
The Genealogy Library's collection offers a treasure of material to the genealogical researcher in the form of books, periodicals, microfilm, compiled family records and electronic databases. It contains records on most of the American states with special emphasis on Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, as well as those stated to the north along the Mississippi River, Canada, and Acadia.

The collection contains a limited amount of information on British genealogy and patriotic organizations' lineage books.
Examples of the types of materials are cemetery and church records, parish courthouse records, military records, compiled family histories, parish histories and land records. Indexes are available for obituary notices that appeared in local newspapers, as well as marriages and some births. How-to Books are available to assist the beginning and experienced researcher.