Volume 2006 Issue 2

The Minutes of the 16 February 2006 Meeting

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 The February 2006 meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held in the Meeting Room of the Main Branch of the Lafayette Public Library on February 16, 2006 at 6:30 P.M.  The meeting was called to order by President Jean Kiesel who asked for a moment of silence for our military and for those affected by the recent hurricanes.  The Pledge of Allegiance was the given.
President Kiesel gave a review of the Lafayette Genealogical Society�s standing committees as listed in the society�s Constitution and By-Laws as published in the annual, �Les Memories.�
Charles Patterson gave an overview of the Family Tree Maker genealogy program that he uses to enter his genealogical data, its advantages, and its ability to print reports that could be valuable in printing and publishing a genealogical family history.
Due to a computer malfunction the PAF presentation will be delayed until next month.  Earl Gates reported that the Family History Center at the Mormon Church will only be open on Tuesdays from  9 A.M. until noon and from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.  Several videos are available to assist in using the Family History Center and research methods at the center.  There are several tutorials available online for the PAF program at www.pafinsight.com. 
Earl Gates reported that on the first Saturday of March there will be a class of students coming to  the library to research Acadian ancestors and their ways of daily living which is funded through a federal grant to the teacher. They will use the internet and the library as resources, therefore members are needed  to be available to assist them.  At a previous class with Earl and Charles Patterson assisting there were twenty-two students.
Earl wrote for and received copies of the current issue of Family Tree Magazine which he made available to the membership.
President Kiesel reported that 2006 dues need to be paid. Volunteers for the first Saturday are needed especially since high school students are to be coming to do research. Brenda Fuselier will be the first Saturday volunteer, and other members are invited to assist.     
The computer genealogy classes which Earl Gates has spearheaded are going to be held on the first Saturday�s from 9 A.M. until 12 noon beginning April 2006.  This arrangement will allow them to be in the computer room and the volunteer to be in the book section, so a participant will be able to move between the two areas if needed.  Charles noted that if the membership would like, those classes could be demonstrated at a meeting---going online to find ancestors, googleing, accessing specific web sites, etc.

Treasurer�s Report:          Period Ending January 2006                    $2,739.39
Debits                                                                 $8.74
Deposits(Membership Dues)                        $77.00 
Ending Balance                                         $2,816.39

There being no further business President Jean Kiesel called the meeting closed.
Respectfully submitted, Brenda Fuselier, Secretary
MARCH MEETING: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006 at 630 pm LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH