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2016 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 9 Leonard Gresens, Investments Advisor, Historian and Collector "Old Tokens and Other Nostalgia of Shreveport" (To be rescheduled)

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "If it had been a Snake. . ."

Lise' Taylor will discuss how to view past editions of The Genie using Shreve Memorial Library's Overdrive program.
February 13 Erica Hubbard, Director of Library Services at Houston Community College and host of The Original Red River Sankofa Project "Challenges of African American Genealogy"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Do I Need a Flip-Pal Scanner?” and “What Genealogy Use is the Website YouTube?”
February 20 Various African American Family History Workshop; 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Capt Shreve Dr., Shreveport. For information, call the Genealogy Department at 318-219-3468
April 9 Leigh Scott Lewis, LSUS Graduate Student and Middle School History Teacher "Orphan Trains - Mass Transplanting of Orphaned and/or Abandoned Children"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Introduction to Dropbox" (a valuable tool for storing photos and documents)
May 14 Tarah Thomas, Library Technician and Genealogist "Identifying and Dating Old Photographs"

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Writing Your Family History."
May 20   "Genealogy Lock-in"; 6 - 9 pm at the Broadmoor Branch Library. Limited to 30 people. For more information see attachment
June 11 Lisa Louise Cooke, Owner and Producer of Genealogy Gems, Nationally Known Author and Speaker This event was rescheduled from March 12.

Spring Special Event; Topics:

1. Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
2. How to Reopen & Work a Genealogical Cold Case
3. Ways to Enhance our Genealogy Research with Old Maps
4. The Great Google Earth Genealogy Game Show

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)

Click HERE for additional information
July 9 Education Committee Members TBA
August 13 Diane L Giannini,CGSM, Certified Genealogist and Lecturer. Proprietor of 'Ancestry Sleuths' All day seminar: Topics

(1) Confirming Family Stories Using Special Collections

(2) I Have Found a Document Now What? (Analysis of records and ideas to move research forward)

(3) Mapping Your Genealogy – Tracing Ancestors From Place to Place

(4) Finding the Impossible – Case Study of the Lost Courthouse (How to locate significant records in order to locate something important and addresses the importance of collaborating with others)

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

Cost $40 (includes lunch).

Click HERE for additional information
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10
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.