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Louisiana Family History Research: Four Centuries of History and Genealogy

August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024
Live broadcasts: Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET
Kyle Hurst
Hallie Kirchner
Rhonda R. McClure
Melanie McComb
10% Member Discount

Characterized by the convergence of diverse cultures—primarily French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Caribbean—Louisiana embodies a unique blend of people, geography, and history; a unique blend that has had a lasting impact on how family historians trace their Louisiana roots. While the Indigenous people and cultures of Louisiana have existed for millennia, this four-week online course will focus on the four centuries since colonization. Going century-by-century, each class will explore the historical context, records, and research strategies critical to making headway in your family history research and uncovering the stories of your Louisiana ancestors!

August 7 – Class 1: Seventeenth Century Louisiana: Colonization and Conflict
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure
August 14 – Class 2: Eighteenth Century Louisiana: A Confluence of Cultures
Presented by Kyle Hurst
August 21 – Class 3: Nineteenth Century Louisiana: From Louisiana Purchase to Statehood to Reconstruction
Presented by Melanie McComb
August 28 – Class 4: Twentieth Century Louisiana: Industry and Manufacturing
Presented by Hallie Kirchner
Books and Journals
Kyle Hurst
Kyle holds a B.A. in both History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master’s certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.
Research and Library Services
Hallie Kirchner
New York
19th-Century United States
Areas of expertise: 19th-century America, Germany, New York, New York City, Norway, Italy, westward migration, immigration history, and descendancy research.
Education and Programming
Rhonda R. McClure
Immigration and Naturalization
Genealogical Software
Areas of expertise: Immigration and naturalization, late 19th and early 20th century urban research, missionaries.
Education and Programming
Melanie McComb
Eastern Canada
Areas of expertise: Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.