Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will lead a series of 15 genealogical seminars for beginners and intermediates this spring.

The free sessions are designed as introductions to basic genealogical research. All occur from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.

Some of the courses will be presented by Serio; others will be presented by guest speakers.

The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues:

Wednesday: Introduction to Family Research and Different Types of Forms Used

March 23: Vital Records – Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and other Types

March 30: Cemeteries and Obituaries

April 6: Census — 1910 and 1920

April 13: Immigration and Ship Manifests

April 20: Latter Day Saints and Websites

April 27: Using Libraries for Research

May 4: Italian Research with Sal Serio

May 18: Archdiocese Records with Guest Jack Belsom

May 25: German Research with Guest Earl Sundmaker

June 1: Irish Research with Guest Marguerite Scully

June 8: African-American Research with Guest Gaynell Brady

June 15: French Research with Guest Augusta Elmwood

June 22: Military from Revolutionary War to WWII

June 29: How Genealogy and Family Research Solved a 70-Year World War II Mystery

July 6: To be announced

IT HAPPENS RIGHT HERE: San Irwin, author of a new book titled “It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions & Recipes from the Bayou,” will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library. Irwin will focus on unique nicknames, the tragic end of Bonnie and Clyde, medieval jousting in Ville Platte, the Easter tradition of egg pocking, Acadiana’s music and more. He is the author of several books, including “Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.”

THE STEINWAY CONCERT: Brian Hsu, PhD, assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans, will perform a “Night at the Opera” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library. Hsu will narrate and perform scenes from opera transcribed for the piano. The program is sponsored by the Hall Piano Co., the Steinway Society of New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish Library.

HERE’S THE “CATCH”: The Great Books Discussion Group discusses Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library. “Catch-22” has been named to best-novels lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library and the London Observer.

“THE PRINCE”: The Old Metairie Great Books Discussion Group Foundation discusses Machiavelli’s “The Prince” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, in Metairie. “The Prince” is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli.

FINANCE AND YOU: This two-hour seminar focusing on credit reports occurs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., in Harvey. Patrons will learn what a credit score is, ways to build credit, how to keep credit healthy and how to manage a credit report.

All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.