Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar that focuses on genealogy and Google for family researchers, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Many genealogists use Google for genealogical surname queries. Not only does Google produce accurate and relevant search results, but it also is fast and flexible.

Google has evolved since it was created in 1999, and the tips and tricks for using it have changed and evolved also. During this presentation, Kelley will discuss strategies to search for relatives using Google. Some tips include:

  • Applying quotation marks
  • Using the minus sign
  • Getting site-specific results
  • Searching only title pages
  • Searching a date range
  • Searching for terms near each other

MORE GENEALOGY: Local historian Barbara Trevigne will discuss “The Genesis of the Black Press in New Orleans” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

She’ll begin with 1864, when The New Orleans Tribune became the first daily newspaper in the United States. It published English and French versions.

Trevigne is descended from the Spanish Trevino family, whose members made New Orleans their home when Jean Trevino settled in New Orleans and began a relationship with Marguerite “Gouton” Meunier, a free woman of color.

According to family history, Meunier was one of the first three women to whom Claude Treme sold property in the area that would become the Faubourg Treme.

Trevigne is a New Orleans native and Louisiana historian, with a special emphasis on Louisiana Creoles.

FREE MUSIC: The Jefferson Community Band performs a free concert at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

NANOWRIMO: Anyone writing a novel, short story, play, screenplay or other work of fiction can come to the Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, with laptops to write in the company of fellow writers.

The next session happens from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. It’s part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Nov. 1, participants began working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

COMICS ONLINE: "Comics Plus: Library Edition" brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any internet-connected device.

View titles through your browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. Check out and read titles through iOS and Android mobile apps. Browse by genre, publisher and comic — then instantly check out favorites. Access comics with no holds or waiting.

Anyone who has a Jefferson Parish Library card can go to the “digital content” section of the library’s website. 

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