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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

Introduction to Library Edition

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration opens April 5, 2024

If you would like to attend IN PERSON, register HERE
If you would like to attend VIRTUALLY, register HERE is arguably the biggest genealogy site around and can be overwhelming (and expensive) to use. With Ancestry Library Edition, you can do almost everything that you can on Learn tips and techniques for searching effectively and navigating their major historical collections like vital records, census lists, immigration, military, and directories. You can also browse Public Member Trees to quickly and effortlessly find others who have been researching your family tree.

Maps and Land Records

Maps and Land Records

Monday, April 22, 2024

3:00 - 4:00pm

Registration opens April 5, 2024

If you would like to attend IN PERSON, register HERE

If you would like to attend VIRTUALLY, register HERE


Land records are some of the most important documents available in genealogy research. Available farmland encouraged westward migration, rewarded military service, fulfilled requirements for voting or holding public office, or simply helped to support the family. Using maps and land records together will help you learn not only when and where your ancestor lived, but why he lived there and how he got there. In this class, we’ll look at some of the ways your ancestor could acquire land: including bounty land warrants, federal patents, inheritance, or private sales. You’ll also learn to use maps to ensure that you’re looking in the right places for your ancestors.

Genealogy Software and Organization

Genealogy Software and Organization

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

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

Registration is required. 

If you would like to attend IN PERSON, register HERE

If you would like to attend VIRTUALLY, register HERE

Genealogy software can help you become a more efficient researcher by conveniently displaying information and aiding with organization of sources. In this class, you’ll learn how to add people to your family tree, add facts, cite sources, and attach pictures or other digital documents. You’ll also learn how to keep your paper sources organized in binders and digitally on your computer.


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!