Lafayette Genealogical Society

Meeting Minutes

 19 November 2015

The monthly meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held on November 19, 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. After a few welcoming remarks, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of our ancestors, our men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces. Brenda Thibodeaux motioned to dispense with the reading of the minutes, seconded by Calice Breaux. The motion passed and minutes were accepted. They are posted to the Society's website. Please read them there. Due to the fact that we had a large number of guests who had come to hear our speaker, the business meeting was an abbreviated one.

Warren LeBlanc was called upon to give the Treasurer's Report for October, 2015:

Beginning Balance                                                                                                       $3,692.64

Dues Collected                                                                                                                  220.00
Books Sold/Donations                                                                                                        20.00
Supplements Sold                                                                                                               35.00
Acadian Project
Banquet                                                                                                                              44.00
Publication Expense                                                                                                         -398.30
Speaker Meals
Banquet Expenses
Office Expense                                                                                                        
Other Expenses/Rent                                                                                                         
Library Book Project                                                                                                      -130.00

Ending Balance                                                                                                            $3,483.34

New Members for 2015                                                                                                           63
Members with dues unpaid                                                                                                       

The Treasure'rs Report was accepted.

Everett Thompson reported on the DNA groups. They meet on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month. The 3rd Saturday is the beginner group which is concerned with what test to use and what to do with your results once you have them. The 4th Saturday group meets to discuss in more depth what the results mean and how to use them in your family research. The locations change each month due to room availability at the library. For this month, both meeting will be held at the Johnston Street Library.

Everett also commented on the Society's website. Any handouts given out by speakers are posted to the website. The Scott cemetery information has been up also been posted. Please be patient when downloading some of this information; some files are very large and take a few minutes.

The annual banquet will be held again this year at Bailey's Restaurant on Johnston Street on Saturday, December 5 at 12:30 p.m. The cost will be $22.00 per person. The guest speaker will be Annie B. Dobie, author of Remembering Lafayette 1930 – 1955.

Each 1st Saturday of the month Genealogy 101 meets at the Downtown Library on Congress Street. We also have volunteers on Tuesdays at the Downtown Library who assist people who need information on how to research their ancestors.

The Lafayette Genealogical Society also has a Facebook page and everyone is invited to check it out.

President Scheuermann also informed us that the Executive Committee has been reviewing the dues and have not come up with any recommendations. There has been some discussion as to whether or not we should pro-rate our dues so that people joining later in the year would get a discount. As of this date, the dues remain $20.00 per year due by the end of February.

There being no further business Pete Lavergne motioned that the meeting be adjourned. It was seconded by Calice Breaux. Motion passed and business part of our meeting was concluded.

President Scheuermann then introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Wade Falcon. He is a grandson of Joe and Cleoma Falcon, pioneer Cajun recording artists from Southwest Louisiana.

Wade began his talk by telling us that this date was the 50th anniversary of Joe's death. He then continued with Joe Falcon's paternal ancestry beginning with Diego Falcon born in Spain. Many years later the family moved to the Canary Islands and arrived in Louisiana in 1779. His family settled first in Donaldsonville and moved to Rayne in 1868. He then traced Joe's maternal line of Boudreaux. This family ancestry goes back to Acadie. During the expulsion they ended up in St. Malo and immigrated to Louisiana in 1785. This family also lived in Donaldsonville and later in Rayne. Cleoma was born a Breaux. Her family was also from Acadie and eventually was resettled in Louisiana. The Breaux family was also pioneers in recording Cajun Music. One of Wade's great aunts was recorded by a professor from USL singing early French ballads which the professor recognized as based on medieval songs. It is on file at the Dupre Library at ULL.

The second part of his presentation revolved around the musical careers of Joe and Cleoma Falcon from their early days in the recording industry to their performances at various venues around Louisiana and Texas. On a return trip from New York, Cleoma suffered a devastating injury from a being pulled along by a car for about a mile. She never recovered from these injuries and died at the age of 34. Joe later remarried and continued performing until illness prevented him and he died of cancer in 1965.

During the presentation Wade showed pictures and slides of his family which he obtained copies of by visiting various members of his family and searching archives. He also played some recordings of the Falcon band. He, his father and a family friend performed live, accompanying the recordings. The family has the accordion that Joe played at his last performance and it was played tonight.

It was a very informative presentation and we welcomed many Falcon family members and friends from Rayne and the surrounding area as guests.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Pellerin, Secretary