Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the South Regional Lafayette Public Library located at 6101 Johnston Street. Meetings start at 6:30pm. This is with the exception of the month of December, which is when we have our annual membership banquet. Our meetings are open to the public and generally include a main presentation or a genealogical class in order to help further family history research.

We also hold Genealogy 101 round table disscusion sessions on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 AM at the Main Lafayette Public Library located at 301 W. Congress Street Lafayette, LA. 70501. A Genealogy 101 session can consist of a round table discussion or genealogy presentation.

Note: Tuesday mornings from 8:30 - 12:00 at the Main Lafayette Public Library located at 301 W. Congress Street Lafayette, LA. 70501.LGS members are available to help anyone beginning their family research, have brick walls, etc.  Help is given from the large collection of books available, as well as research on Ancestry.com.

Meeting
Speakers: Louise Begneaud Ganucheau, member and Regent of the Galvez Chapter of DAR and Barbara Guillory with the La. Bayou Chapter DAR in Lake Charles who will talk about the Daughters of the American Revolution’s history, mission, free resources and membership.

Meeting
Speakers: Louise Begneaud Ganucheau, member and Regent of the Galvez Chapter of DAR and Barbara Guillory with the La. Bayou Chapter DAR in Lake Charles who will talk about the Daughters of the American Revolution’s history, mission, free resources and membership.

DATE MEETINGS & EVENTS FOR 2019
   

January 5 

(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
Genealogy 101, a round table, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

January 17
(6:00 p.m.)
 

Meeting
Speaker:will be Albert "Buz LeBlanc, the son of Ralph LeBlanc (1921-1994).  “Ralph LeBlanc, native of Breaux Bridge, LA, was a veteran of WW II serving at Guadalcanal and surviving two crashes.  In 1946 he and a crew of eleven were mapping Antarctica when their U.S. Navy Martin PBM-5 Mariner “George 1” crashed.  Nine of the twelve survived, including Ralph, badly burned, and with the help of his team, survived.  Hear his amazing story in pictures and told by his son.”

February 2
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

February 21
(6:30 p.m.)

Meeting
Speaker: Henry Peterson, “How valuable is your research?” Demonstrations and open forum.

March 2
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101

NOTE: Because of Mardi Gras this meeting will be held at the South Regional Library on the Abbeville highway.
A round table discussion for learning how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

March 21
(6:30 p.m.)
 

Meeting
Speaker: Chris Freeman, “The Curious Historians Society”

Chris Freeman is a Preservationist Historian who uses remnants from the past to form a more concise view of history. He covers the period from the Ice Age in Louisiana up to modern times, incorporating several different fields of studies. Freeman is currently writing a book on perceived history.”

April 6
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
.This session will be held at the South Regional Lafayette Public Library due to Tax preparation.

April 18
(6:30 p.m.)

Meeting
Speaker: Shera Broussard LaPoint.

"My DNA Journey".  My name is Shera Broussard LaPoint. I accidentally became a genealogy and DNA enthusiast after joining Ancestry to find out more about my heritage after my late grandfather’s death.  Being the oldest child, I became the keeper of pictures inherited from past generations. My passion grew in 2015 when I did an Ancestry DNA test for ethnic purposes. While on the journey of discovering my own past, I learned much about genealogy and DNA and now strive to share this knowledge with others and help adoptees and people of unknown parentage find their family.  My DNA journey has made a profound impact on the direction my life has taken.  I will share how DNA has enhanced my own genealogical tree and some of the fascinating stories I have come across in hopes of encouraging you to test and share your DNA results with others.

May 4
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

May 16
(6:30 p.m.)

Meeting
Speaker: Jean Francois

Jean is a local author of Historical Novels. He comes highly recommended from previous SAR leaders in our own society.   He is an entertaining speaker and will speak about the Sons of the American Revolution(SAR). He will also cover how to join the organization.  His presentation will include what is necessary, what is not necessary and what is NOT acceptable on the application.

June 1
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
This session will be held at the South Regional Lafayette Public Library due to Summer Reading Program.

June 20
(6:30 p.m.)
 

Meeting
Speaker: Gayle Breaux Smith, “Aboiteau” How Acadians turned Salt marshes into Fertile Farmland.

July 6
(9:30 a.m.)
 

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

July 18
(6:30 p.m.)
 

Meeting
The July 18, meeting at the South Regional Library, 1601 Johnston Street at 6:30 P.M. The scheduled topic will be “Evaluation of Obituaries.”

August 3
(9:30 p.m.)

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

August 15
(6:30 p.m.)

Meeting
Speakers: Louise Begneaud Ganucheau, member and Regent of the Galvez Chapter of DAR and Barbara Guillory with the La. Bayou Chapter DAR in Lake Charles who will talk about the Daughters of the American Revolution’s history, mission, free resources and membership.

September 7
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

September 19
(6:30 p.m.)
 

Meeting
Joan Labbe Boudeaux will be speaking on "Courthouse Research for Genealogy Treasures"

For over 20 year, Joan Labbe Boudreaux made a career of researching the various courthouse records throughout the state of Louisiana, as well as teaching others to so professionally.   Her presentation will focus on the preparation, the “how to”, and the possible treasures to be found in courthouse records. 

October 5
(9:30 a.m.)

Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

October 17
(6:30 p.m.)

Meeting
William J. Thibodeaux will be the guest speaker.  He is a native of Rayne, a resident of Lafayette, and after forty-four years’ service, a retired railroader. William has written articles in several newspapers and publications in the Lafayette and Acadiana area. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, he will talk about his newly released book: “Hidden History of Acadiana”. William’s book consists of 23 chapters (stories) about people, places, and events of long, long ago.

November 2
(9:30 a.m.)


Genealogy 101
A round table beginning at 9:30 a.m., Lafayette Public Library, downtown location, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Learn how to begin your genealogy search, bring your questions and meet others who are interested in research.

November 21
(6:00 p.m.)

Meeting
TBD

December 6 (Friday)
(11:00 a.m.)

Banquet
Speaker: Flourent Hardy, Jr. PhD

 Dr. Hardy began his professional career as a teacher in Breaux Bridge and worked for the Louisiana Department of Education for 20 years. In 2000, he was named State Archivist and Director of the Louisiana State Archives.