Jay Schexnaydre, vice president of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, will give a presentation on “How to Research French Ancestors Online – For Free,” at 7 p.m. May 18 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Schexnaydre will provide an overview of French genealogical records available online. Since the Ordonnance de Villers-Cotterêts in 1539, the Catholic Church kept baptism and burial records, and soon after, marriage records for their parishioners. After the French Revolution in 1792, the civil registrations of all French citizens’ births, marriages and deaths have been recorded in the government offices of every city, town and village in France. Many of these records are now online and can be searched for free.

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