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Louisiana Black Genealogy Conference
July 15, 2017

(6/30/17) Le Comité's African American Special Interest Group Seminar has been set for Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Library's Dr. Ernest Gaines Center. The morning speaker will be Brian Sheffey, author of the blog Genealogy Adventures. His first presentation is entitled "Discovering My American Identity Through Genealogy." His second presentation will touch on how he has used DNA testing and genetic genealogy to reveal the identity of unknown ancestors, to prove or disprove oral family histories, as well as to reconstruct entire lines of his enslaved ancestors.

In the afternoon session, John DeSantis of Houma will speak about his recent book, The Thibodaux Massacre. Jari Honora, a New Orleans genealogist, will give a presentation entitled Identifying the Last Slave Owner. Dr. Christophe Landry, founder of the Creole genealogy blog, Louisiana Historic & Cultural Vistas, will present "What DNA Tests Tell Us About Identity, Roots, and Routes." Dr. C. Ray Brassieur, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will present "Beyond Lineages: Place As An Essential Component of Identity and Memory." Finally, Karran Harper Royal will give a short presentation on the Georgetown Slaves in Acadiana.

The all-day seminar will be free to members. Nonmembers may join at the door for $20. Lunch will be on your own. Click here for the program flyer.


Iberville Newspaper Digitization Project Completed

(10/24/12) A project to digitize the oldest newspapers in the Iberville Parish Clerk of Court's office has been completed. These issues are now searchable in the Louisiana Newspaper Access Program (LaNeAP) database of the LOUISiana Digital Library. Included are 13 Iberville titles, one West Baton Rouge title, and two Baton Rouge titles. The 139 issues date from 1831 to 1922 and comprise 372 pages. Working on this project were members Judy Riffel, Stella Carline Tanoos, Rita Lynn Erwin Jackson, and Ann DeVillier Riffel. Special thanks go to Iberville Clerk of Court J. Gerald "Bubbie" Dupont for allowing the newspapers to be digitized, and Gina Costello and Sheila Lee at the LSU Libraries. A similar project for St. Martin Parish is currently being explored.

1940 Louisiana Census Index Now Available

As of June 5th, the index to the 1940 census for the State of Louisiana was made available for searching on the FamilySearch website. Several members of Le Comit� were among the more than 100,000 volunteers who participated in this indexing project.




Proposed Bylaws

Proposed Bylaws have been posted to the Members' Page in the "About Le Comité" section. Additions are highlighted in red and deletions are stricken through. A ballot has been mailed to 2017 members along with a ballot to elect 2018 officers. Please complete, sign, and mail the ballots by December 31, 2017.

Gilbert Funeral Home Records

(10/22/17) A new category has been added to the Members' Page of the website – Original Records. The first set of images posted here are the Gilbert Funeral Home Records for 1905 to 1957. Gilbert Funeral Home was one of the earliest black funeral homes in Baton Rouge, established just after the Civil War. Its records were later acquired by Rhodes United Fidelity Funeral Home on Scenic Highway. In 2002, the funeral home allowed members of Le Comité to borrow the records and microfilm them at the Louisiana State Archives. A copy of the microfilm was deposited at the State Archives. Recently, the society sent a copy to a company to have the images digitized and those images are now posted here. Typed name indexes with links to the images are currently being prepared by members and will be posted as they become available.

Parish Research Guides

9/28/17) Most of the Parish Research Guides have been updated and posted to the Members' Page of the website (www.lecomite.org). This year's updates include the name, address, and website (where applicable) of each parish library that has a genealogy collection. One new General Research Guide – Louisiana Native American Research Guide – has been added. Several Out-of-Print articles have been added and one book, Iberville Parish Book of Oaths, has been added to the Books section. Thanks go to this year's sponsors: Joan Aleman, Teal Anderson, Mary David Baker, Bernice Bennett, Ruth Bennett, Mary Cargill Blunt, Lori Cummings, Carolyn DeWolfe, Doris Falkenheiner, Carolyn Fineran, Phebe Hayes, David Ledet, Robert LeJeune, Kenya Key Rachal, Renee Richard, Ann Riffel, Judy Riffel, Joyce Rivette, and Stella Tanoos.

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