January 20, 2011 Meeting
Lafayette Genealogical Society
Minutes of the Lafayette Genealogical Society
January 20, 2011
The Lafayette Genealogical Society ushered in the year 2011 with president Brenda Fuselier presiding. The first meeting of the year was January 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the South side library. After the opening ritual, as prescribed in the constitution, she called on Everett Thompson to present the program, A User’s View of Ancestry.Com. More than two-dozen members and guests listened attentively to his presentation. He was particularly impressed with the shaking green leaf suggestions that Ancestry.com provides to help further genealogy and the ability to interact with others who may be researching your line.
The business meeting followed. Brenda announced we need a vice-president.
The UL library is hosting an exhibit that depicts Louisiana on the eve of the civil war.
Members are invited to meet Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Dupre library in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room. Jean Kiesel, a former president of the society, created the exhibit.
Tentative plans were made for a Lake Arthur Heritage Tour February 23.
Mr. Lolar, Genealogy librarian, brought copies of an article in the Fort Worth newspaper about new facilities the National Archives is opening in the Montgomery Plaza location on the West Seventh Street Area. A small cadre of trained volunteers will be on hand to help guide visitors with their research. The vast holdings of public records date from 1777 to 2003. It includes materials from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. It is one of 10 regional centers nationwide. It will have free access to many paid genealogical sites and 10 public-access computers. The archives building is located in a development loaded with restaurants, watering holes and shops.
Warren LeBlanc, treasurer, reported the ending balance for 2010 was $2,941.26.
James Bourque announced Grand Reveil Acadien 2011 to be held October 7-16 in New Orleans.
Members and guests were invited to enjoy refreshments.
Dorothy Burleigh, substitute secretary