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Free Genealogy Series for Beginners and Intermediates Offered at East Bank Regional Library

JEFFERSON — Gwen Kelley, a librarian at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie who specializes in genealogy, will lead a series of 15 genealogical seminars for beginners and intermediates beginning in January 2023.

The sessions are designed as introductions to basic genealogical research. They are open to the public and are free of charge.

All occur from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie.

The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues.

1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023
“United States Census”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023
“Vital Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
“Newspapers and Obituaries”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023
“Cemetery Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023
“Military Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023
“Immigration Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023

1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

1 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2023
“Facebook for Genealogy”

1 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2023
“Google for Genealogy”

1 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2023
“French Canadian Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2023
“Tracing Female Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2023
“Prison Records”

1 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2023
“Genetic Research and Genealogy”

1 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2023
“Genealogy Proof Standard”

For more information, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming, 504-889-8143, or

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. Library patrons that require auxiliary aids or devices or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA should submit requests to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as possible. A 72-hour notice is needed to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator / Office of Citizens with Disabilities, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 210 Jefferson, LA 70123; (504) 736-6100;

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or

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