A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources, the Heritage Quest Genealogy Database, is available to patrons of the Jefferson Parish Library. HeritageQuest Online consists of six core data sets:

U.S. Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States from 1790 through 1940, slave, veteran and non-population schedules, and more related content.

Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from more than 28,000 family histories, local histories and other books.

Revolutionary War records provide access to the complete NARA Series M804 collection — Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 83,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military.

Freedman’s Bank Records contain more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents and heirs from 1865–1874, offering data that can provide important clues to tracing African-American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

Links to the following content are also available:

U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions and private relief actions made to Congress back to 1789 with more than 480,000 pages of information.

The Periodical Source Index Archive published by the Allen County Public Library is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2.3 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

HeritageQuest Online can be accessed in the library or remotely for patrons with library cards.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Russell Palmer and CrossRoads perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This four-piece band performs a range of music — from Elvis to Sinatra.

BOATING LICENSES: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offers a free boating class at 9 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The class generally lasts six to eight hours. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ PREMIERE: At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, the East Bank Regional Library, in conjunction with WYES-TV, hosts a showing of Episode One, Season Six of “Downton Abbey,” the popular PBS series.The show depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era, with the great events of the day impacting their lives, and on the British social hierarchy. This is the last season of the series. Vianne’s Tea House of Mandeville will present a tea service demonstration and will provide refreshments. Free and open to the public. The East Bank Regional Library is at 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.