October 11, 2011


Librarians from the Special Collections area of the East Bank Regional Library who are familiar with genealogy research will be present to explain the library's resources.

The purpose of the fair is to encourage people to become interested in tracking their ancestral lineage, including:
*        To acquaint library customers with local genealogy organizations and how they can help people who are trying to research their ancestry;
*        To demonstrate the databases available to help patrons discover ancestors;
*        To demonstrate other resources available at the library - including books and microfilm - that can help customers locate ancestors.

The genealogy fair is held in conjunction with National Family History Month, established in 2003 and recognized by the United States Senate that year. In doing so, the senate was encouraging Americans to set aside time for family history research and education. When President George W. Bush signed the proclamation in support of Family History Month, he said, "Lessons in family lineage are often lessons in courage, endurance, and love. While tracing our roots can be challenging, the rewards can be great - affirming our pride in our history and keeping us mindful of the sacrifices of our forebears."

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or mailto:wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us

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