Lafayette Genealogical Society

Meeting Minutes

 17 September 2015

The monthly meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held on September 17, 2015 in the Meeting Room of the South Regional Library, 1601 Johnston Street at 6:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by President Herb Scheuermann. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of our ancestors, our men and women who have served and are presently serving in the Armed Forces. Guests were welcomed and asked to introduce themselves. They included: Sam Lollard from the library staff and Carolyn Credeur Meaux who is researching the Credeur, Caruthers, Babineaux and Bushnell families. Brenda Thibodeaux made a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes, seconded by Caliste Breaux. The motion passed and minutes were accepted. They are posted to the Society’s website.

Warren LeBlanc was called upon to give the Treasurer’s Report for August, 2015:

Beginning Balance                                                                                             $3,946.65

Dues Collected                                                                                                         
Books Sold/Donations
Supplements Sold                                                                                                      
Acadian Project
Publication Expense
Speaker Meals
Banquet Expenses
Office Expense                                                                                                        
Other Expenses/Rent                                                                                              
Library Book Project

Ending Balance                                                                                                       $3,946.65

New Members for 2015                                                                                                    48
Members with dues unpaid                                                                                                3

A motion was made by Pete Peterson and seconded by Pete Lavergne to accept the Treasurer's Report. The motion was approved. There was further discussion regarding members who joined our group later in the year. At this time dues are due in January. We were asked to consider pro-rating the dues so that those who joined later would not pay the entire amount or having dues renew on the anniversary of joining the society. Brenda Thibodeaux said that at one time anyone who joined in October or later did not pay dues in January but waited a year. This will be addressed at a later date.

Our Facebook page is doing well and solving family mysteries for those taking advantage of it.

Everett Thompson reported that the DNA Group has broken off into two groups. The DNA Special Interest Group(SIG) will meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. This group is designed for those who have questions about which test to take, how to use DNA in family research and what to do with the information. If you need answers to these types of questions, then you should attend the DNA SIG. This month the group will meet in meeting room at the downtown library at 301 Congress Street. The main topic will be how to set up and transfer information to a GEDcom account. An Advanced DNA SIG has been formed and meets on the 4th Saturday of each month. This group is for members who have received their results and wish to analyze it in more detail. Everyone will be welcomed at either meeting, however, only beginner topics will be discussed at DNA SIG meeting and advanced topics will be discussed at the Advanced DNA group. The locations for the groups will float depending on availability of rooms at the library.

Everett Thompson and Warren Leblanc reported on our website. More information concerning 1998-1999 obits was added this past month. A special thank you to both Everett and Warren for all the work they put in to improving the website and adding a member’s only page.

The Executive Committee has come up with a slate of officers for next year. President Scheuermann announced the candidates. They include Caliste Breaux, President; Shirley LeBlanc, President-Elect; Brenda Fuselier, Vice President; Warren LeBlanc, Treasurer; and, Kathy Pellerin, Secretary. Pete Lavergne made a motion to accept the slate of candidates and it was seconded by Brenda Thibodeaux. A vote was taken and the motion passed. Even though some members were ready to vote right away, it was decided that we would wait until the October or November meeting.

The annual banquet is scheduled for December 5th, 2015 and will be held at Bailey’s Restaurant on Johnston Street at Ambassador Caffery starting at 12:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed for Tuesday mornings at the downtown library to assist newcomers to genealogy that show up at the library. Frances Doga, Caliste Breaux and Brenda Thibodeaux are consistently there to show people how to begin their research. If you have the time, your assistance is welcome.

Calice Breaux gave an explanation of what will occur next month at the GRA (Grand Réveil ). The last celebration was in 2011 and this year is the 250th anniversary of Acadians finding a new home in Louisiana after years of hardship. It begins on October 3rd in Lake Charles and will continue in Lafayette and other areas in South Louisiana. Lafayette will have a program on October 9th at the Convention Center. It will be an all day event with international visitors and speakers throughout the day. The Lafayette Genealogical Society will have a table set up with a banner that has been made for the event. People were asked to sign up to man the table for an hour. Calice passed around a sign-up sheet. Individual family groups will have their own family reunions at various places in the area. Please check out their website. There is a link to it from our website.

Earl Gates, a long time member who had an accident in his home and has limited mobility, has moved to Room 716 at Maison de Lafayette. He is very knowledgeable about genealogy and would welcome visitors. It is reported that his health is somewhat improved.

Warren LeBlanc reported that the Cemetery Project is coming along and should be ready soon.

The new member brochure is being updated and is on the member’s only page of our website.

This concluded the business part of our meeting.

President Scheuermann began the program presentation by asking whether we knew the difference between genealogy and family history. Genealogy is a record of descendants which moves forward in time from the distant past. A Family History, on the other hand, is a record of ancestry which begins in the present time and goes as far back in time as history will permit. He then proceeded to show us a U-tube video featuring Ray Stevens’ recording of I’m My Own Grandpa with illustrations following the history of a blended family trying to keep up with relationships. It was very entertaining. He then proceeded to play a DVD from the Great Books Series featuring John Philip Colletta who reiterated the difference between genealogy and family history. The topic of the talk was “How to Use the Library”.

The program began with the statement that not everything is on the internet. Libraries are treasure troves of information that can help with documentation. Histories of states, cities and towns tell us about the conditions under which our ancestors lived and what may have compelled them to settle where they did. Some libraries have compilations of transactions and abstract records. You can find family histories, newspapers and maps that can be very helpful. The program was information and is part of a series that has been shown at the 1st Saturday meetings.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Pellerin, Secretary