Volume 2008 Issue 5

15 May 2008 Meeting


The May 2008 meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held in the Meeting Room of the Main Branch of the Lafayette Public Library on May 15, 2008 at 6:30 P.M. President Earl Gates called the meeting to order. There was a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance was given.

The minutes and treasurer�s report are posted on the internet at our web site.

Visitors were recognized as Stacey Barkley who is beginning to research the Duplechain line and an Italian line from the New Orleans area. Paul Robertson besides researching the African-American Robertson line in the area is searching the Glover line from Jackson, MS.

Warren LeBlanc reported that he had 2 books of cemetery listings from Starks, LA. Pedigree Charts from society members are needed. Due to a computer malfunction the minutes are available at this meeting and they will be posted ASAP on our website. Brenda Fuselier reported on the seminar in Baton Rouge held by Louisiana State Genealogical Society that six society members attended. She also announced that a Genealogy Lecture Series will be held in Mandeville, LA on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 8:30 to 4:30 P.M. at the Life Church, 5200 LA Rt.22 (across from Beau Chene). The speaker will be Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak who is the Chief Genealogist for Ancestry.com, author, and genealogy lecturer. Cost: $55.

President Gates then presented the powerpoint program, Researching Vital Records; a handout was available as a further aid for members doing their own research. Searching aids, websites, and methods are noted and upgraded; the information given applies to each state.

Charles Patterson gave notice that due to the Lafayette Main Library�s summer program for children that the first Saturday genealogy gathering will be held at the Carencro Branch. BUT it will be held on the second Saturday due to another commitment on the first Saturday of June and July and those meetings will start at 10:30 A.M. The regular third Thursday meetings will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church at 6:30 P.M. for the months of June and July.

There was a brief question and answer period. Charles Patterson encouraged all members to consider creating a website for their family; help and assistance is offered by Charles and Earl.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Fuselier