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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!

Introduction to Genealogy

Introduction to Genealogy

Monday, June 12, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required. We cannot guarantee a seat if registration is not recorded. This class will be offered both in-person and virtually.

For the IN PERSON session, register HERE

For the VIRTUAL session, register HERE

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.

Tracing Your Sicilian Ancestry

Tracing Your Sicilian Ancestry

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required. This class will be offered in person and virtually.

If you would like to attend IN PERSON, register HERE

If you would like to attend VIRTUALLY, register HERE

Many Louisianans today are descendants of immigrants who arrived in the United States from Sicily. What occurred to make these families want to leave their homeland for a new start in a brand new country?  In this class, we will discuss events occurring in Sicily at the time, plus how to locate birth, marriage, and death records of your Sicilian ancestors.


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!