Learn to reasearch family history with a series of genealogy classes through the Jefferson Parish Library | Entertainment/Life

A series of 14 online seminars by Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will focus on family research.

The online classes can be accessed by going to the library’s website and clicking on the digital content tab, and then clicking on “Join Meeting.”

For patrons who don’t have computers, the sessions will also be broadcast into several libraries: River Ridge (8825 Jefferson Highway) and North Kenner (630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner) on the East Bank, and the Terrytown (680 Heritage) Ave.), and Belle Terre (5550 Belle Terre Road, Marrero) libraries on the west bank.

These sessions will be recorded and archived on the library’s website. Each event is free and open to the public.

The events will be held at 2 pm Mondays, with these topics:

  • March 14 — Using the Census
  • March 21 — Vital Records
  • March 28 — Newspapers and Obituaries
  • April 4 — Cemetery Records
  • April 11 — Military Records
  • April 18 — Immigration Records
  • Monday — Facebook for Genealogy
  • May 2 — Google for Genealogy
  • May 9 — French Canadian Records
  • May 16 — Tracing Female Records
  • May 23 — Prison Records
  • May 30 is Memorial Day — no class
  • June 6 — Genetic Genealogy
  • June 13 — Genealogical Proof Standard

For more information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jplibrary.net.

HOME SCHOOLING SUPPORT: Parents who home-school or who are thinking about home schooling their children have resources at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

The Home schooling Support Hour meets from noon to 1 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays during March.

Library staff will help parents learn about the requirements for home schooling and how library resources can help. For example, librarians can help put together cross-cultural lesson plans. For more information, call the Children’s Desk at (504) 364-3664.

STEAM EXPLORERS: This group, geared for kids 8 and older, will meet from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on March 19, doing education experiments that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Due to limited supplies, preregistration is required — jeffersonparishlibrary.eventbrite.com. In the future, STEAM Explorers will meet one Saturday a month. Call the Children’s Desk at (504) 364-3664 for the latest information.

BIG BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will host its Big Book Sale on March 18-20 at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd. in Kenner. Hours are 10 am to 7 pm March 18-19, and noon to 5 pm March 20.

More than 65,000 used books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, music tapes, and vinyl records will be offered for sale. Credit cards are accepted; checks are not.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Receive free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Seating is limited, and online registration is required. Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule.”

Upcoming Metairie classes include:

Microsoft PowerPoint 1 — 10 am to noon March 9.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2 — 2 pm 4 pm March 9.

One-on-One Training — 10 a.m. to noon March 10.

One-on-One Training — 3 pm to 5 pm March 10.

Basic Computer — 10 am to noon March 12.

Microsoft Excel 2 — 10 am to noon March 14.

Basic Computer — 2 pm to 4 pm March 14.

One-on-One Training — 10 a.m. to noon March 15.

Introduction to the internet — 2 pm to 4 pm March 16.

Upcoming Harvey classes include:

Basic Computer Skills — 10 am to noon March 11.

Introduction to the internet — 2 pm to 4 pm March 11.

Microsoft Word 1 — 10 am to noon March 18.

Chris Smith is manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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