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

The sessions, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., are designed as introductions to basic genealogical research. They are free and open to the public.

The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues:

  • March 4: Introduction to family research and the different types of forms used
  • March 11: Vital records: birth, baptism, marriage, death and other types
  • March 18: Cemeteries and obituaries
  • March 25: Census: 1910 and 1920
  • April 1: Immigration and ship manifests
  • April 8: Latter-Day Saints and Ancestry.com websites
  • April 22: Using libraries for research
  • April 29: Archdiocese records with guest Jack Belsom
  • May 6: German research with guest Earl Sundmaker
  • May 13: African-American research with guest Gaynell Brady
  • May 20: French research with guest Augusta Elmwood
  • May 27: Italian research with Sal Serio
  • June 3: Irish research with guest Marguerite Scully
  • June 10: Military research
  • June 17: How genealogy and family research solved a 70-year World War II mystery.

HELPING IMMIGRANTS: A program for community leaders who want to help Latino families seeking legal status will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the East Bank Regional Library. Participants will learn to help immigrant families get the correct information and protect them from being scammed. The program will be presented in English and Spanish, and is free and open to the public.

LAW SEMINAR: Attorney Ronald Morrison will explain various points of law and provide legal guidance to those in need at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library. Free of charge and open to the public.

‘DOCTOR WHO’ VIDEO CLUB: Fans of the British science-fiction television program will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library.

OLD METAIRIE STORY TIME: Children ages 3 to 7 gather for story time at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie.

HARVEY STORY TIME: Children ages 3 to 7 gather for story time at 10:30 a.m. every Monday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The library also hosts family night at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

FICTION WRITERS’ GROUP: The West Bank Fiction Writers’ Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 10 and 24, at the Westwego Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego. The group is free and open to the public.

For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or “like” https://www.facebook.com/jeffparishlibrary">the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.