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2017 Calendar of Events

If you would like to be considered as a speaker to give a genealogy or history oriented presentation at one of our monthly events, please contact Jim Johnson at

Date Speaker Program

We strive to offer educational programs that are genealogical or historically oriented. Frequently, in addition to our monthly featured program, we provide a short (usually 15-20 minutes) 'hornbook' session by an Education Committee member that focuses on a genealogy research topic, plus a 'Bits and Pieces' segment that details interesting genealogy news, tips, and research sources.
January 14 Sarah (Sally) Hamer, Writer and Instructor at LSUS "Legacy Writing" (Telling your life story) See Poster

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Family History Writing Challenge."
February 11 Chandra Lester, Family Historian "My Heritage Quilt" (designed using Ms. Lester's family history research) See flyer.
March 11 Mike and Mark Mangham, Owners of Twin Blend Photography "Capturing History from the Ground and the Air"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Chronicling America"
April 1 Caroline M. Pointer, Professional Genealogist, Freelance Writer, Lecturer, and Founder of All Day Seminar Topics:
  1. Power Your Research with a Research Plan
  2. Did You Really Look Everywhere Online?
  3. Research Success is Built on a Line: the Research Timeline
  4. 10 Tech Tools to Help You Collaborate with Family for Your Research

Cost - $40 (includes lunch).

Note: Location will be at the new St Jude Catholic Church Community Center, 4700 Palmetto Rd, Benton, LA St Jude is located north of Airline Drive between Bossier City and Benton)
May 13 Tarah Thomas, Library Technician and Genealogist "Strategies for Researching Acadian - Cajun - Creole Ancestors"

Hornbook session: "Shape of Shreveport" - a documentary video which highlights city history.
June 10 Jackson Sibley, Local Historian "Plantations Along the Upper Red River - 1839 - Present Day"

Hornbook session presented by Glenda Bernard: “Everybody has a Story”
July 8 Various Members Family Artifact 'Show 'n Tell'
July 31 Southern University Exhibit at Shreveport's Museum of Art – Curator:  Raegan C. Stearns "Unshuttered, Uncovered: Northwest Louisiana's Black Photographic Legacy."  The exhibit traces this area's Black studio photographers, and will remain up until July 31.  See attached flyer

Location:  Southern University at Shreveport's Museum of Art  - 610 Texas Street.  Museum hours vary so visitors should call ahead at 670-9631

UPDATE: Due to requests by visitors, the SUSLA museum has extended its run until August 31!
August 12 Cari Taplin, CGSM, Certified Genealogist and Lecturer. Proprietor of All Day Seminar - Topics
  1. Using Lists to Find Proof (Examining censuses, tax lists, directories, petitions, and other lists as a tool for proving the identity of our ancestors)
  2. Using Church Records to Find Ancestral Origins
  3. Canadian Migration Patterns into the U.S. (Examining some of those migration patterns and the documents they created)
  4. From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research With Maps

Location: Pearce Activity Hall at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport.

Cost $40 (includes lunch).
September 9 Sarah (Sally) Hamer, Writer and Instructor at LSUS "Battling the Basics of Writing Memoirs" (This presentation will give you the basics to get you started in writing a family memoir, such as basic guidelines, structure, plot, characterization, and a dozen more)

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Planning a Trip to the Courthouse"
October 14 Thaddeus Pardue “Sanderlin Family Research”

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Planning a Trip to the Cemetery"
Oct. 20-21 D. Joshua Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow" and Dr. Dan Littlefield, Director of the Sequoyah Research Center, Univ of Ark Arkansas Genealogical Society Fall Seminar in North Benton, Arkansas. See
November 11 Jim Jones, Genetic Genealogist Introduction to DNA
December 9 Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "How to Properly Label Pictures"
Note: Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Avenue Shreveport Louisiana (Fairfield Avenue at Kings Highway). Other events are located as noted.