Volume 2007 Issue 9

18 October 2007 Meeting


The  October 2007 meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society was held in the Meeting Room of the Main Branch of the Lafayette Public Library on October 18, 2007 at 6:30 P.M.  The meeting was called to order by President Charles Patterson.  A moment of silence was observed, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

President Patterson reminded all members of the annual Christmas Banquet that will be held on December 6, 2007 at the Petroleum Club at 6:30.  Cost of the banquet is $15.00; the treasurer will accept money tonight for the banquet as well as for 2008 dues which are $20.00. 

Two new members were introduced.  Johnny Fuselier from Mamou was introduced as a visitor; he represents the Ville Platte area genealogical society and is their newly elected president.

The minutes and treasurer�s report are posted on our website. 

The deadline for Les Memories is now.  Articles are needed and may be sent to Warren LeBlanc.    

Earl Gates presented a possible project for the members for 2008.  Members will be asked to present family histories in an historical context and/or as they relate to Lafayette history with the end result for possible publication in a booklet or newsprint format.

The Cemetery Project of photographing all tombstones at Fountain Memorial Cemetery undertaken by Dottie Burleigh and Glenda Shaw is completed except for the top rows within the mausoleum that are difficult to photograph head on.  These may be published in booklet form, or they may be available online in the future.

The Heritage Festival of 2006 that the Lafayette Genealogical Society participated in at St.Martinville has invited the society to participate in it for 2007.  It will be held at Pac de Lafayette on November 3rd and 4th and will be titled �Les Bon Journe�.  The society may not sell articles, but a canopy will be provided and all informational material will be removed overnight.  The membership voted to participate; President Patterson will post a schedule on the internet for member volunteers.

Members are reminded of the genealogical conference that will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.  There will be three speakers, vendors, and a box lunch for early registrants for the fee of $25.  For further information contact Shirley Burwell, Head Genealogist, or the Genealogy staff at the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library at tel. (337) 437-3490, e-mail gen@calcasieu.lib.la.us, or by snail mail at 411 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601-4254.

Charles Patterson reported on several inquires the society has received.  Richard Daigle is researching the Young family, especially one William Young.  Another inquiry concerned a M.M. Crouch that was buried in a cemetery in Jennings, LA in 1912.  A member made an inquiry concerning DNA.  A discussion followed and Earl Gates recounted his experience with verifying family through submission of his DNA to Family Tree DNA.  Members were reminded that one of the speakers at the Lake Charles conference will be speaking on DNA.

Earl Gates presented the program �Researching U.S. Military Records� that was developed from internet resources.  Members were given a handout and a discussion period followed.

Treasurer�s Report

Period Ending September 2007                              $3,110.35

Debits:  Supplies                                                           

Credits:  Membership                                                    

Ending Balance                                                       $3,110.35

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda Fuselier

Lafayette Genealogical November Meeting

November 15, 2007

6:30 P.M.

Main Branch, Lafayette Public Library

Lafayette , LA