February 11, 2017 Meeting at Opelousas Public Library
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry
Genealogical & Historical Society will be held on February 11, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Opelousas Public Library on Grolee St.
Our guest speaker, Mr. Sidney Bellard, was born
and reared in Port Barré, La. and graduated from Port Barré High School in 1961.
After high school, he worked in the oilfields to
pay for his first semester of college. He then enrolled at USL, now ULL, and after 3 years and 8 months, got his degree in education certifying him to teach social studies and
His first job was as a teacher of English for the
St. Bernard Parish School Board. The next year, he began teaching social studies, his major, and was selected chair person of the Social Studies Department. He was later appointed Director of
After four years of teaching, he earned his
Master’s Degree from Nichols State University in 1969. He would later earn his Master’s + 30 Degree with credits earned from Tulane, the University of New Orleans and Louisiana Tech
After a public school career of 33 years, he
retired from the public sector and took a position as Vice Principal and Counselor with Oak Forest Academy in Amite, La. which he held for 16 years.
During a fifty-year career, he taught European
History, American History, geography, civics, sociology, French, English and adult literacy. He was a board member and President of LAPCAE (Louisiana Association for Public, Community and
Adult Education. He was also a board member of COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education.
He has also presented at state and national
conventions on the topics of convention planning and teaching problem adolescents.
His hobbies are physical fitness, cycling, reading, genealogy,
traveling and stained glass projects. He now resides in Mandeville, La.
Sidney BELLARD, originally from this area & now retired, has written a book: "A Cajun in France:
Journeys to Assimilations" , about being born to share croppers & speaking only French when entering first grade. He has written an interesting & moving book which he will have
for sale at the end of the meeting.
He travels to France frequently (he has been there 17 times) and has traced his family back many years - and they
were people who worked the land for others who owned it - hence he says his family history is one of "share cropping" for many hundreds of years.
January 14, 2017 Meeting at Opelousas Public Library
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Opelousas public
Library on Grolee Street.
The internet connection at the library was improved in the last few month so that a faster connection on more computers is now available. We will should
have a few computers available in the conference room, and if you bring your laptop you should also be able to use it at a reasonable speed.
We are planning on showing you a lot of available websites concerning genealogy information, who you probably not aware of.
The room will be open at 9:30 am for participants to meet and the official meeting will start at 10:00 am. The meeting is open to members and nonmembers and
feel free to bring interested guests.
November 12, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be held on November 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Opelousas Public
Library on Grolee St.
Ms. Alexandra L. Giancarlo, a PhD Candidate at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in Cultural-Historical Geography.
Ms. Giancarlo plans on talking about her dissertation research, which she undertook in Southwestern Louisiana in 2014 and 2015. The research explores the
historical and present-day rural black Creole culture, with a focus on trail riding and cattle ranching. She is looking at origins of trail riding, how it has evolved into its present form and
its cultural importance. She will also discuss some of the latest scholarly research into the origins of cattle ranching in the region and the role that people of color played in creating
From 9:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. we'll provide some refreshments and give visitors a chance to exchange some information. No membership is required to
attend the meeting. Please let other people know who might be interested.
September 10, 2016, Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be held on September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Opelousas Public Library on Grolee St.
Since we don't have a speaker, we are planning on looking over some genealogy information the library has put together. We like to get some input from our members about how to organize the
genealogy books and documents in the library - like sort by families or locations etc. Give information about the microfilms available and computer disks provided by the Latter Day Saints church.
Refreshments will be available from 9:30 am on.
Cancelled!! August 13, 2016, Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library Cancelled!! Due to extreme weather!!
July 9,2016, Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
The Imperial St. Landry Genealogical and Historical Society will have Frankie Daigle Bertrand as the guest speaker for the 10 am meeting on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the meeting room of
the Opelousas Public Library located at 212 East Grolee Street.
Frankie Bertrand was born and raised in the Opelousas area. If you were to ask her; "What are your interests?", her response would be; "Everything!" She started her photography
business at 72 years young, and still maintains contact with many of the small business owners she helped during her many years at the Chamber. At any given time, you might find her in
the streets capturing photos for her nature shots, as well as old cemeteries. She also Administers a Facebook page she began some time ago called "Opelousas - Love It Or Leave It",
after she "unfollowed and unfriended one that became far too critical and filled with complaints about "her beloved Opelousas".
More recently, with the encouragement of her cousin, Ronnie Daigle, began working with him on bringing their Daigle, Thibodeaux and Bourgeois family trees up to date with their generation.
Frankie will share some of the interesting events, stories, happenings and people she has experienced during her many years of service as head of the Opelousas Chamber Of Commerce as well as
family and friend stories.
Members and interested persons are invited to bring their family and friends to this gathering. The public is cordially invited to attend and participate. Coffee will be served
beginning at 9:30 am, so come early and discover some of your kinfolks.
June 11, 2016, Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
For their efforts in the book, “Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History,” Warren Perrin, Mary Broussard Perrin and Phil Comeau have been awarded
the prestigious Prix France-Acadie 2015 in the "humanities " section.
Co-editors Warren and Mary Perrin will be presenting a talk about the book’s subject matter, the far-flung descendants of the displaced Acadian
people all over the world, at the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical and Historical Society meeting at the Opelousas Public Library. The meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday,
June 11. Members are urged to come and bring their friends and family, and the public is cordially invited. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30.
“Acadie Then and Now" is a comprehensive study of the Acadians around the world and includes an international collection of articles from 50
authors that chronicle the historical and contemporary realities of the Acadian and Cajun people worldwide.
In a previous interview with the Advertiser about the book, Warren Perrin said that the idea came to fruition after he, Pat Mould and Kermit
Bouillion visited Lanaudiere, a region in Quebec.
Perrin “found that there were over 30,000 Acadians there and, despite my travels in 25 years of representing CODOFIL (the Council for the
Development of French in Louisiana), I didn't know it existed,” he said. “We had lunch with a historian, and Vera Petley, our guide, and I decided that it was necessary to write a book to
show where Acadie existed in the world today.”
After that, a group email was sent to more than 100 historians from many countries and then the outline of the book was put together.
“Phil Comeau of Montreal came here for Pat Mire's film festival, and my wife and co-editor Mary and I had dinner with him, and we asked him to
come on board and help us,” said Warren Perrin, adding that Comeau “was very instrumental putting the book together,” said Perrin. “And this allowed Mary and I to do a French and English
The Prix France-Acadie is an initiative of the French association "Friendship France - Acadie," created in 1976 under the name "Friendship
Acadian" and supported by the Foundation of France.
The association's mission is to develop cultural and friendly relations between Acadians and French and to strengthen the ties between Canada and the World Francophone community.
May 14, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
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
April 9, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Pubic Library
Cheryl Myers will be our program presenter at the next Genealogy Society meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, April 9, in the meeting room of the Opelousas Library. She will be
reviewing her latest publication, the history of the beautifully preserved old town of Washington, one of the many gems of our St Landry Parish. This is the third historical. Study she has
researched and preserved for us to cherish, the earlier two being histories of other parish communities - Palmetto and Port Barre.
If the volumes arrive in time from the book publishers, Cheryl will have some available for sale to interested attendees.
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
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 TheHistory of Port Barre published in 1997.
March 12, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm at the public Library in Opelousas, La at
212 E Grolee St, Opelousas, LA 70570.
Susie Guidry Perry “PETIT COUZIN” is from Lafayette, Louisiana presently living on the land inherited from her grandfather, Francois Gilman Guidry in North Lafayette. Direct descendant of Louis
David Guidry of Grand Coteau from Pierre Guidry of Acadie and from Claude Guidry of Acadie and France whom all Guidrys' descend, Mrs. Perry is interested in collaborating with other Guidry
descendants to establish a pictorial, and historical book on as many relatives in her program called “Lets Connect Our Guidrys'”. She has researched genealogy for 35 years and still amazed how
much there is to learn. History is lost every day when it is not recorded by our generation. Pictures are misplace and unidentified to its owner, if not preserved by descendants. Mrs. Perry will
share in her organizational skills, demonstrate forms and discuss her recently released “LES GUIDRY” A 300 page book on 13 generations of Guidrys, with documents, pictures, and stories of each
generation as they arrived here and continued to populate the Attakapa District in Louisiana. Learn how to discover and document material for any collection.
Join the genealogy society as we organize your family. Bring stories, pictures and documents or any material important to you so Mrs. Perry can help you get started recording your family history.
February 13, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
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.
January 9, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
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.
November 14, 2015 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library
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.
October 10, 2015 Meeting at the Delta Theater in Opelousas
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.