Announcement to our members that Saturday July 15th the 2017 Black Genealogy Conference sponsored by Le Comite' des Archives de la Louisiane will be held at UL Lafayette in the Ernest Gaines Center (3rd floor, Dupre' Library) from 9:00 to 4:00. Admission is free to members and $20 for nonmembers. This year's featured speaker is Boston genealogist Brian Sheffey (founder of Genealogy Adventures). Other speakers include: Christophe Landry, Jari Honora, John DeSantis, Ray Brassieur, & Karran Harper Royal. Parking available: EK Long Parking Log (Zone 15).
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be on July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Opelousas Public Library on Grolee St.
Subject will be the history of St. Landry Cemetery and it's importance to the history of Southwestern Louisiana. James Douget will present the long awaited reprint of "Sous Cette Pierre Repose", the book by his wife Susan Burleigh Douget, with the records of St. Landry Church Cemetery as of 1993.
The book will be available for $55.
The public is as always invited. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 am with the meeting starting at 10:00 am
Plan to attend the presentation on the Great Women of Opelousas on Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10AM at the meeting room upstairs at the Opelousas Public Library - 212 East Grolee Street in Opelousas. Presented by the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society. See the attached flyer and help to spread the word. Look forward to seeing you there
Washington, LA – A Steamboat Town is the name of the book. It chronicles 200 years of the towns history from 1720-1920. Beginning with the French Concessions and Spanish Land Grants, each individual’s family is carried out four generations so that the book can be used as both a historical reference and genealogical resource. Some of the original family surnames include: Courtableau; Lemelle; Bello (Donato); Carron; Chretien; Duralde; Gradenigo; Vidrine; and Doucet.
During the steamboat era Washington was in its heyday and many of the steamboat captains made Washington their home. Many Washington residents can claim their ancestry through the steamboat captains: Hinckley; Carriere; Crawford; Capps; Tesson; Willson; Louaillier; or Webb.
This book gives details on all the owners and proprietors of the warehouses, stores, hotels, “coffee houses”, cooper shops, and historical homes in the town of Washington from the beginning of the town to the cut-off date of 1920. Also, covered are the plantation homes that are outside of the corporate limits and include: Arlington; Macland; Starvation Point, Homeplace, and Moundville Plantation.
Cheryl Bihm Myers has a Master’s Degree plus 30 hours in Education and is a retired school principal after thirty years with the St. Landry Parish School System. She and her late husband, Jimmie are the parents of two children, Jeremy and Monique and they have two grandchildren, Colin and Sydney Myers. Her parents Robert L. and Hazel Bellard Bihm inspired in her a love of history and a desire to know “when, where and how”.
Washington, LA – A Steamboat Town is the third historical book that Cheryl has written. Her love of history and genealogy and dedication to research has produced Palmetto the Early Years published in 1987 and The History of Port Barre published in 1997.
The February meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 upstairs in the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee St. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m.
Anyone interested in history and genealogy is invited to attend.Unfortunately the speaker we had planned for this meeting canceled on short notice and is unable to come. But please still bring information about the Guidry family you have, so we can compile the information as we had planned. We will show how members can use Ancestry.com library edition, Heritage Quest, Find-a-grave and other online databases thru the Opelousas-Eunice Public Library and the State Library system.
The January meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 upstairs in the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee St. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m.. Anyone interested in history and geneaology is invited to attend.
We will be holding a workshop to have members look at the books we have about genealogy and to get suggestions about what books and other media the library could get to help the society. We also will show how members can use Ancestry.com library edition, Heritage Quest, Find-a-grave and other online services.
The November meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015 upstairs in the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee St. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m.. Anyone interested in history and genealogy is invited to attend.
We will be holding a workshop to get our members to discuss plans for next year and to get suggestions about what books and other media the library could get to help the society.
Please remember, there will be no meeting in the month of December.
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical
Society will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Delta Grande Theatre in Opelousas (noooot at the library). Dr. Donald J. Alcendor, an Opelousas native will give a
presentation about DNA Alalysis in Genealogical Research. This should be a real treat for all genealogists.
Let's all work together to try and preserve this very important piece of Opelousas, Louisiana history!
Opelousas was capital of Confederate Louisiana from May 1, 862 until January 23, 1863. Governor Moore resided in this building, still known as the Governor's Mansion, located at the corner of Liberty and Grolee St in Opelousas, La.