I've been studying my family now for a few years and I have to tell you, it's a fascinating thing to do. It was really easy to get started, I just went to the Southwest Genealogical Library in downtown Lake Charles and in a matter of a few searches, I was on my was on my way.

You don't have to subscribe to any genealogy websites unless you just wnat to and the library is full of books about family names from all over the world. I was amazed to discover just how my family started in Long Island New York and spread to Texas and even parts of Louisiana.

I found that one of my ancestors help write the constitution of Mississippi while another stopped the Yellow Fever epidemic in New York.

If you want to know more about your family tree, you can get all the information on the subject at the Genealogical Library. they have classes coming up to help you get started. Now, your family doesn't have to be from this area to find the information you need either.

Here are the details

This free mini-seminar will take place at the The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The library is located at 411 Pujo downtown.

Genealogy expert John Sellers will present three sessions on genealogical research methodology: Your Ancestor's Plot of Dirt, With or Without a Will -- There is a Way and History's Role in your Genealogical Pursuit.

The program is free but registration is required. Register online at http://www.calcasieulibrary.org or call the genealogy library at 337-721-7110.