Genealogy Research Series

 

Genealogy Research Series

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About the Series

Join Louisiana Division archival staff and featured guest speakers Gaynell Brady and the New Orleans Preservation Collaborative for a four week introductory course in genealogical research. During 7 unique sessions, we will build from introductory genealogy to research sources to preservation tips, ending with a free digital scanning session for four of your family’s important historical documents and/or photos.

Call the Louisiana Division at 504-596-2610 to reserve a spot now! Attend a single class or as many as you would like. If you attend all sessions you will receive a certificate of completion on October 28 . All sessions will be hosted at the Main Library in the 3rd floor auditorium.

Saturday, October 14

Session 3: Property Research for Genealogy in the Louisiana Division
10:30am - 11:30am
Head Archivist Christina Bryant will show you how to use property research to augment your genealogy projects. This class will provide beginners with an introduction to the property research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives.

30 minute break

Session 4: Navigating Historic New Orleans Newspapers
12pm - 1pm
Head Archivist Christina Bryant will discuss the digital newspapers made available through the New Orleans Public Library and the best ways they can be used for research. Currently accessible newspapers include Times Picayune (1837-Present), New Orleans Item (1877-1958), New Orleans States (1916-1957) and States-Item (1960-1979). Christina will show you how to use these resources and explain the best ways to get results.

Saturday, October 21

Session 5: Obituaries for Genealogy Research
10:30am - 11:30am
New to obituaries? Always wondered what an obituary is and what it can be used for. Join Louisiana Division archivist Amanda Fallis for an introductory talk on how to find, read and understand obituaries. A story usually starts at the beginning, but sometimes you can learn more by starting at the end.

30 minute break

Session 6: Handle With Care: Protecting Your Personal History in a Storm-Prone City
12pm - 1pm
Join the New Orleans Preservation Collaborative for a presentation and open discussion about how to protect your personal photographs and papers before the rains come. Preservation specialists from libraries and archives will provide you with steps you can take to safely store your personal documents, photographs, objects and other items that are important to you and your family. We will discuss how to mitigate risk before the next disaster strikes.

Saturday, October 28

Session 7: Scanning Family Records: A Free Scanning Session with Louisiana Division staff
10:30am - 1pm
Preserve your legacy! Bring four (4) total of the following items and Louisiana Division staff will scan them for you: old family photos, family historical documents, wills, marriage licenses, and other one-of-a-kind items. Items must be no larger than 8” x 10”. Participants will receive a DVD with their 4 scans. While you wait, shop the special pop-up Friends of New Orleans Public Library Book Sale!

Saturday, November 11 - rescheduled from October 7

Session 1: Introduction to Genealogy Research
10:30am - 11:30am
Gaynell Brady will lead a participatory seminar designed to get new genealogists acquainted with researching family history. Participants from all backgrounds will learn the basics of genealogy, including navigating federal and state documents, using museum resources, and visiting places of origin. This seminar will also look at resources ideal for researching African American family history. Gaynell is a descendant of enslaved Africans from Pointe Coupee and East Feliciana parishes.

30 minute break

Session 2: Genealogy Research in the Louisiana Division
12pm - 1pm
In this fun and interesting class, the Louisiana Division’s Greg Osborn will introduce beginners to the genealogy research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives. Find out exactly which of our records might help with your research!

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