Meetings

Genealogy Meeting Saturday, October 14, 2017

The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Opelousas Public Library on Grolee St. As always the public is invited. Refreshments from 9:30 AM till 10:00 AM.
The program will be given by Michele LeBlanc, granddaughter of Couzan "Dud" LE BLANC. She will be bringing some copies of the 3 books for those who may want to purchase one or more. The "Evangeline" book  is marvelous, and you will be amazed at all the additional valuable history this book will teach you.
THE ACADIAN MIRACLE, 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by award-winning author M. M. Le Blanc, revising and enhancing the original 1966 book by her grandfather, renowned Acadian historian Louisiana Senator Dudley J. Le Blanc. The incredible history of the Acadian Deportation and Exile by the British from Nova Scotia, including research of over 50 years from documents in the USA, Canada, France, Spain and England by Dudley J. Le Blanc. This 50th Anniversary Edition contains original artwork, rare vintage photographs, additional and complete source endnotes, new charts and tables of Grand Pré Acadian prisoners, ship departures and arrivals of Acadians in the Colonies, deported Acadian passenger lists, Acadians who fought in the Revolutionary War, and much more. NEW CHARTS & TABLES, MORE SOURCES, COMPLETE ENDNOTES. Much more information than in Dudley J. Le Blanc's original 1966 book. 392 pages. Hardcover. Published by BizEntine Press. www.bizentinepress.com/store
5-time award winning historic fiction EVANGELINE: PARADISE STOLEN by M. M. Le Blanc (awards include Best Book in Louisiana, Paris (France) Book Festival Best Historic Fiction, and many more. This book includes the first 2 volumes of the trilogy about Evangeline and Gabriel, written by a direct descendent of Acadian Rene Le Blanc, the King's Notary in the Longfellow's Evangeline poem. This is the tale of star-crossed lovers Evangeline and Gabriel caught up in the web of political intrigue and betrayal leading up to the British Deportation of the Acadians, against a backdrop of the glamour of Versailles Palace and the uneasy peace between British and French Acadians in Acadia/Nova Scotia. By M. M. Le Blanc, 560 pages, softcover perfect bind.  SPECIAL BOGO for this book using coupon EVBOGO at the publisher's online store:  www.bizentinepress.com/store.
These are incredible rich resources for genealogists, with charts and tables of Acadian prisoner lists, Acadians serving in the Revolutionary War (officers and soldiers), deportation ships of Acadians, British Colonies seaports where Acadians were deported, complete footnotes or bibliography, and many photographs and renderings.
They can order at www.bizentinepress.com/store and get free shipping through October 31, 2017. They are also on Amazon (but you pay for shipping).

 

Genealogy Meeting July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

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

No Meeting on June 10th, 2017

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Saturday, June 10th meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society.
Please see us at the next meeting on July 8th, 2017 at the Opelousas Public Library.
 

 

Thank you

March 11, 2017 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

At this month's Imperial St. Landry Genealogical and Historical Society meeting on Saturday, the society will be showing videos from a genealogy course series.

 

The society will be showing parts of "Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy," - "Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy" is a series by John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D., a professor at the institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The lectures go over the basics of genealogical research, as well as explore different records available for research, how to apply historical context when crafting the story of an ancestor and extending the research process overseas.

 

The meeting will be on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Opelousas Public Library at 212 E. Grolee St. The meetings are not member exclusive and are open to any member of the public who is interested in history or genealogy. Coffee is also provided beginning at 9:30 a.m.

February 11, 2017 Meeting at the 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 English.

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 Adult Education.

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 University.

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 the 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 it.
 
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 version simultaneously.”
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.

April 9, 2016 Meeting at the Opelousas Public 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.
 
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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.

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 genealoogy 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.

October 11, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library at 10:00 am

On Saturday, October 11th, the Imperial St Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 10:00 am in the upstairs Opelousas Public Library meeting room to hear Judge Robert Brinkman to speak about the Home Rule Charter of St. Landry Parish and the positive impact at has on the area. He will also explain what the amendments in the upcoming election mean. 

 

Judge Brinkman is a true student of History and will share his vast knowledge of Louisiana Law with the group. All meeting attendees are invited to participate in the "Question and Answer" session following his presentation.

 

Members are urged to bring their interested family members and friends and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend and participate in the "Q and A" session after Judge Brinkman ends his presentation. 

 

You do not have to be a Society member to attend the monthly meetings, which are always open to any and all interested personsCoffee will be ready about 9:30 am and all are invited to come early and enjoy having a cup or two while perhaps discovering anew cousin or maybe more among the attendees.

September 13, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

On Saturday, September 13th, the Imperial St Landry Genealogical & Historical Society 
will meet at 10:00 am in the upstairs Opelousas Public Library meeting room to hear 
Attorney Bruce Gaudin present a program about the Spanish Land Grant of Bellevue, La.
Mr. Gaudin will share his vast knowledge of this subject with the group. All meeting 
attendees are invited to participate.
Members are urged to bring their interested family members and friends and all interested 
persons are cordially invited to attend and participate in the "Question and Answer" 
session after Mr. Gaudin ends his presentation. 

You do not have to be a Society member to attend the monthly meetings, which are always 
open to any and all interested persons. Coffee and refreshments will be ready about 9:30 am 
and all are invited to come early and enjoy having a cup or two while perhaps discovering 
anew cousin or maybe more among the attendees.

August 9, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

"The Story of the Cajuns," a documentary film in which a local young lady plays the role of Evangeline, will be shown Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Opelousas Public Library.

The hour-long film will be part of this month's meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogy and Historical Society. It meets at 10 a.m. in the library located at 212 E. Grolee St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

James Douget, president of the St. Landry Preservationist Society, will be on hand to present the feature.

His daughter, Erin, played the role of Evangeline, the tragic but tough heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem of the same name that first brought the plight of the Acadian people to a larger audience in 1847.

"They did filming in Arnaudville, Port Barre — all along the bayou," Douget said. "She really enjoyed it because she got to miss school. It was a no-brainer for her."

July 12, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

On Saturday, July 12th, the Imperial St Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 10:00 am in the upstairs Opelousas Public Library meeting room to hear Judge Robert Brinkman present a program "How the present Louisiana Civil Code Developed through the Years."

 

Judge Brinkman is a true student of History and will share his vast knowledge of Louisiana Law with the group. All meeting attendees are invited to participate in the "Question and Answer" session following his presentation.

 

Members are urged to bring their interested family members and friends and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend and participate in the "Q and A" session after Judge Brinkman ends his presentation. 

 

You do not have to be a Society member to attend the monthly meetings, which are always open to any and all interested personsCoffee will be ready about 9:30 am and all are invited to come early and enjoy having a cup or two while perhaps discovering anew cousin or maybe more among the attendees.

June 14, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

The Imperial St Landry Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 10 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the upstairs meeting room of the Opelousas Public Library located at 212 East Grolee St.

Coffee will be available beginning at 9:30 AM and members and their family members are reminded to attend and all interested persons are cordially invited and encouraged to join the society members for this interesting presentation.

Our Society meetings are always open to the public and all those persons present are invited to participate in the question and answer session following the presentation.
 
Michael Martin, PhD, and Head of the ever expanding Louisiana Studies Department at UL in Lafayette will discuss the problems and many difficulties during the South's long and very harsh recovery period after the Civil War, with emphasis on Louisiana.

May 10, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

The Imperial St Landry Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 10 AM Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the upstairs meeting room of the Opelousas Public Library located at 212 East Grolee St.

Coffee will be available beginning at 9:30 AM and members and their family members are reminded to attend and all interested persons are cordially invited and encouraged to join the society members for this interesting presentation.

Our Society meetings are always open to the public and all those persons present are invited to participate in the question and answer session following the presentation.
 

 

Edmund (Ed) Stelly will give the program on the research of his German Stelly Family and the resultant book published in January of this year. 

April 12, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

The Imperial St Landry Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 10 AM Saturday, April 12 in the upstairs meeting room of the Opelousas Public Library located at 212 East Grolee St.

Coffee will be available beginning at 9:30 AM and members and their family members are reminded to attend and all interested persons are cordially invited and encouraged to join the society members for this interesting presentation.

Our Society meetings are always open to the public and all those persons present are invited to participate in the question and answer session following the presentation.

Mrs Jane Simmons Sandoz (who was married to the late attorney William [Billy] Sandoz) and her son Jeff Sandoz, PhD have written a book entitled "The Presence Within" which was recently published. Grandson John was responsible for the design.

This is the story of experiences by the family and others of feeling the strong presence of spirits in the beautiful old Sandoz-Phillips two story white frame  turn of the last century mansion on south Main Street here in Opelousas. 

No Meeting in March 2014

There will be no March meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society, due to a sudden cancellation by the speaker for personal reasons. We are sorry for the inconvenience.  

No Meeting in February 2014

Due to unfavorable weather prediction, there will be no meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The next scheduled meeting is Saturday, March 8, 2014.

January 11, 2014 Meeting at the Opelousas Public Library

This article was published in the January 10, 2014 Daily World newspaper:

This month’s local history meeting will held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Opelousas Public Library to help the new librarian select journals and other materials to support local history research.

“She has asked for our help in selecting the journals that will be most useful to people in this area,” said Estelle Perrault, president of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogy and Historical Society. “She is also looking for advice on new or older books to add to the collection.”

Perrault said the society has no formal membership or dues and, therefore, anyone interested in genealogy or local history is welcome to attend.

The library is at 212 E. Grolee St. in Opelousas.

Perrault said the society also is working with the Opelousas Tourism Office to create new local history and genealogy resources for the city.

“Tourism is a major a business here. This will help both of us. We can help them with the job of selling Opelousas,” said Perrault, who added the society is in the process of creating a website where people from throughout the nation and beyond can request information on local history and families.

“We have so very knowledgeable members who can really give these people information,” Perrault said.

During Saturday’s meeting, Perrault said she also is interested in hearing from anyone with suggestions about area speakers and programs they would like to see in the upcoming year.

October 12, 2013 Meeting at the Opelousas Library at 10:00 am

The next meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be held at the Opelousas Library, 212 Grolee St. instead of the usual meeting place.
 
The local genealogical and historical section has been greatly enhanced and we want to give the members the opportunity to view the improvements.
 
We also like for the members to name books they believe could be beneficiary to the genealogical and historical collection of the library. And it's planned with the help of the Friends of the Library to have books rebound, because a lot of the books are in bad shape due to heavy use (which is a good thing in a way, it shows that they are used).
 

 

The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with coffee and refreshments starting at 9:30 am. As always the public is invited.

Genealogy Meeting Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

The next regular monthly meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 am at the OGH - South Campus (old Doctor's Hospital) on the I-49 Service Road.
 
We plan to show newest developments concerning genealogical subjects on the Internet. If you know of any web sites that you think would interest our members please bring them to the meeting.
 
As always the public is cordially invited and coffee and other refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 am.

Genealogy Meeting Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Margaret Dunbar Cutright will the guest at the next meeting of  the Imperial St Landry Genealogical and Historical Society at 10:00 AM in the conference room of OGH Campus South -- formerly Doctor's Hospital off exit 15 on I-49. She will share with members and guests her dedication to research for her over ten year QUEST for the truth of the disappearance of little Bobby DUNBAR in 1912 and after her research, the path to sharing that information through the challenge of publishing a book which finally answers the 100 year old question

-- What happened to Bobby DUNBAR on the fateful day in 1912?

 

There will be a question and answer session following her presentation and members and guests will be encouraged to participate. The public is cordially invited to attend.

 

Reception and Book Signing at the Opelousas Library on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Also on Saturday, March 9, will be a reception and book signing with Margaret Dunbar Cutright at 3:00 PM at the Opelousas Public Library, and we are extending an invitation to the public to join us in recognizing her dedication and hard work to find the truth about this lost child -- Bobby DUNBAR.

 

The public is cordially invited to attend and meet her and perhaps acquire a copy of this honored book and have her autograph it for them.

 

 

Genealogy Meeting in Opelousas at OGH South Campus (old "Doctor's Hospital") on February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

 “State Government When Opelousas was the Capitol of Louisiana” is John Reed’s topic for Imperial St. Landry Genealogy Meeting

Imperial St. Landry Historical Society will have as its speaker, John I. Reed, Eunice businessman, whose hobby is the American Civil War. He will discuss the relocation of the Louisiana state capitol to Opelousas during the Civil War, Governor Thomas Overton Moore’s addresses in 1862 and his leadership role as Louisiana’s Civil War Governor, the acts passed by the Twenty-seventh legislature of the State of Louisiana during the period when the lawmakers met in Opelousas, and some of the letters written to Governor Moore while he was in Opelousas. Reed also has photographs of the period including the Governor’s home, the meeting place of the Louisiana Legislature and the Official Journal of the House of Representatives in the November 1861 Session.

Reed is the owner of Compliance Services, Inc. in Eunice and a past Rotary Club Eunice Citizen of the Year. He is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a former public school teacher. He is affiliated with several heritage and historical organizations. Reed holds membership in the Brigadier General J. J. Alfred A. Mouton Camp 778 Sons of Confederate Veterans which meets in Opelousas and is a Civil War re-enactor in the Pelican Artillery.

He has contributed numerous articles on Civil War topics to local newspapers. He has presented Civil War programs to history classes in area schools, local civic clubs and area Sons of Confederate Veterans camps. He has presented artillery demonstrations at the Shadows-on-the-Teche, Vicksburg, Chretien Point Plantation and Port Hudson State Commemorative area.

 

Genealogy Meeting September 8, 2012 at the Opelousas Library!!

On Saturday, September 8, 2012 Margaret Dunbar Cutright will be at the Opelousas Library at 10:00 am to discuss and sign her book: "A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping that Haunted a Nation". 

Meeting Saturday July 14, 2012 at the Library!!!

The Imperial St Landry Genealogy and Historical Society's monthly meeting 
is scheduled for 10 am this Sat. July 14 in the Opelousas Library conference 
room on the 2nd floor.

A short business agenda is scheduled before members, and guests if they 
wish to participate,  will be asked:
  (1) to continue the sorting, organizing and creating of     
       a permanent record of the library's collection of
       several separate groups of MICROFILMS:
       (A) CENSUS RECORDS
       (B) CHURCH RECORDS
       (C) NEWSPAPER RECORDS
       (D) Miscellaneous other Microfilms

 (2) Begin the same sorting, organization and permanent
      recording of the hundreds of CDs collected by our 
      deceased Treasurer Joanne Savoy for the Society
      and those personal ones collected and now donated
      by your president Estelle over these past 19+ years.

This work is important to both the library and to our Society as it will 
allow research among records not made available before right here in our own 
library. 

We now have library owned laptop computers available for the recording 
process by our volunteers which will greatly assist us in setting up easily 
accessed digital and printed records.

The public is invited to attend and bring any interested family member 
and/or friend. Coffee and other refreshments will be served beginning about 9:30 
am. Come and help out and get acquainted with the continuously growing 
Louisiana History and Genealogical collection

 

Meeting Saturday, May 12, 2012

The monthly meeting of the Society is scheduled for 10:00 AM this Saturday, May 12, in the Conference Room of Campus South (old Doctor's Hospital building), located off I-49 via Exit 15. Bring your interested family members and friends. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 AM. Come and find new Kinfolk.

All interested PUBLIC are cordially invited to attend and participate in the meeting

 

The May 12, 2012 meeting of the Society will be a business meeting primarily to discuss and make decisions on two primary matters, and perhaps discuss other ideas:

 

  1)  Use a portion of our Society treasury to finance a reprinting of our dearly deceased Susan Douget's wonderful book "Sous Cette Pierre Repose" -- Under this (Head)stone Lies --  which is out of print and there are requests for purchase for the book,

 

Susan's husband and our society friend, James Douget, is not at all pleased with the plans that Claitor's Publishing has proposed for a possible reprinting by them, and has asked for consideration by our Genealogical Society.

 

  2)  Considering the many on-going POSITIVE changes at the library and the greatly increased interest and additions to the "Louisiana History and Genealogy Collection" and the increased space and equipment there as well as the continuing lack of any appropriate physical location for a new and separate Genealogy Library in Opelousas, might our society members decide to donate our collected volumes, CD's, equipment, etc to the Opelousas Public Library to be added to the growing Collection there?

 

Other lesser matters, but of some importance to the society to insure it's continuing existence could be of interest to discuss:

 

  3)  Should we try to promote attendance -- and especially paid membership

-- and perhaps thereby increase interest by local and area individuals -- your suggestions requested here?

 

  4)  Should we try to return to publishing our wonderful journal N'oubliez Pas as a means of  A) compiling, recording and preserving our family and local histories for future generations and  B) develop an additional means of attracting new  guests at our meetings and new members to our Society.

Because of the increased cost of publishing due to paper, printing and postage, we may want to do as many other societies have done in recent years, and produce only one large issue of the journal per year. Would you help by submitting material from your research to help in this renewed endeavor?

 

See you on Saturday all fired up with enthusiasm for our Society's renewal and taking steps of progress.