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Genealogy: Classes Offered

Genealogy resources.


Q: I can't find my email! Why am I not getting emails from EBRPL?
A: If your email ends in ( or any other overly-sort-happy provider, our emails may have ended up in your spam folder. If you signed up for a virtual class and did not receive your email, please check there first. If it still doesn't arrive, please call us so we can resend it to you!

Q: Where can I find next month's classes?
A: We try to get them all up 4-5 weeks in advance here on the Classes Offered tab. In addition, they can always be found by browsing the EVENTS CALENDARPro tip: Search for "Genealogy" in the Keyword box to try filtering down to only the Genealogy classes! Our classes are always listed in the Source each month, too, but due to space constraints, classes in the first week of the month are often full before the Source can even hit the shelves! That's why we suggest you keep an eye on this page.

Q: What happens if my class is postponed/canceled?
A: We will call and/or email each person as soon as we know about cancellations. In the event of inclement weather, technology malfunctions, or other unforeseeable circumstance, we try to give all of our participants as much notice as possible. If the class must be postponed, rest assured that your sign-up is safe until you let us know whether or not you can make the new date/time.

Q: What does "Join the Waitlist" mean?
A: We wish we could have room for every person who wants to attend our classes to do so, but sadly, we only have so many seats. So we've opened up a waitlist for the seats so that more people are able to join us. If a participant calls to cancel and you are next on the waitlist, you will automatically receive an email that you have been "bumped up" to the in-person or the virtual class list.

Q: What if I need to cancel my class seat?
A: Cancelling is as easy as calling (225) 231-3751 or emailing to let us know. We will remove you from the class list and automatically offer that seat to someone on the waitlist. They appreciate your call!

Analyzing Records and Standards of Proof

Analyzing Records and Standards of Proof

Tuesday October 17, 2023

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Opens October 1, 2023 

If you would like to attend In Person, register HERE

If you would like to attend the Virtual Session, register HERE
Note: Registration closes Monday, October 16, 2023 at 9pm

In this class, you will learn how to analyze and interpret information from genealogical records found during the course of your research. You’ll learn about the Genealogical Proof Standard and how it can help you resolve issues involving conflicting evidence. With the Genealogical Proof Standard, you can build a case for the veracity of your research even though you may lack clear evidence of a person’s identity or parentage.

Using Wills and Probate Records

Using Wills and Probate Records

Saturday, October 28, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration is required. This class will be offered both in-person and virtually. Class sizes are extremely limited.

Registration opens October 1, 2023
If you would like to attend In Person, register HERE

If you would like to attend the Virtual Session, register HERE 

Registration closes Friday October 27 at 6:00pm

Learn how to use wills and probate records to trace your family tree and discover details of your ancestors’ lives. In this class, we'll cover the various types of probate records, where to find them, and what they contain. Using these records, you can learn how people were related, what kind of land and property they owned, and even find out who they were feuding with. 

Introduction to Genealogy

Introduction to Genealogy

Tuesday November 14, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration opens November 1, 2023

For the IN PERSON session, register HERE

For the VIRTUAL session, register HERE

Note: Registration for this class will close on Monday, November 13 at 9pm.

In this class, you will learn how to conduct genealogical research, which types of records are used to track a family’s history, which databases the library offers to assist your research, and what types of resources the Genealogy Department has in its collection to help you fill in the gaps in your family tree. The class will last approximately one hour and will include time for questions.

Resources for Louisiana Genealogy

Resources for Louisiana Genealogy

Saturday, November 25, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Registration opens November 1, 2023

If you would like to attend IN PERSON, register HERE

If you would like to attend VIRTUALLY, register HERE
note: Registration for the virtual class will close on Friday, November 24  at 6:00 pm

Many Louisianans living today have ancestors who were here over three hundred years ago. Many more have come to settle here since that time. These people have produced an abundance of records of their lives and their relationships. Learn what resources the library has on Louisiana history, from the French and Spanish eras to the modern day, and how you can use them to research your family’s past. We will look at early records, plantation records, and contemporary sources of information.


All classes are held in the 2nd floor technology lab at the Main Library at Goodwood. Social distancing, sanitation, and safety guidelines will be followed for all classes. Masks are no longer mandatory, but you are welcome and invited to wear one if you so desire.

Participants in Genealogy classes often find it helpful to have an outline or notes to follow in class or to use afterward. Please print our Annotated Class Guides on the right column of the CLASSES ON DEMAND tab as needed and check for updates or changes. 

Virtual participants will receive information, a "class key" (an individual hyperlink and/or password), any necessary paperwork or class guides, and instructions via email the night before class begins. If you are REGISTERED FOR A VIRTUAL CLASS AND DO NOT RECEIVE THIS EMAIL BEFORE CLASS, please call (225) 231-3751 or email for help!