2019 Annual Meeting
(10/30/19) The 2019 Annual Meeting was held in Baton Rouge on September 29th. New officers were elected as follows: President Doris Falkenheiner; Vice President Cherryl Forbes Montgomery; Secretary Donna Wakeman; and Treasurer Judy Riffel. Speakers Sally Sinor explored the history and documentation of freemasonry in Louisiana and Lyle Barbato presented a Y-DNA case study on an Avoyelles Parish family. The 2020 Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 27, 2020, in Baton Rouge. Details are coming soon.
African American Genealogical Seminar Set for June 15, 2019
(5/25/19) Le Comité's African American Special Interest Group will hold its African American Genealogical Seminar on Saturday, June 15th, at the St. Gabriel Catholic Church Activity Center, 3625 Highway 75, St. Gabriel. Speakers and their topics are: Erin M. Greenwald, "After the Middle Passage: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865"; Kenya Key Rachal, "Written History vs. DNA: When the Historical Record and Genetic Record Don't Align"; Emily "Lee" Gagnet Leumas, "Uncomfortable Entries: Documenting Enslaved People Through Catholic Sacramental Records"; Marie Marcel, "1868 St. Landry Parish Massacre"; and Kathryn Labat, "Felicité." Videos will be shown at lunch–"A Place Called Desire," presented by Leonard Smith, III, and "St. Gabriel Catholic Church," presented by Clifford Normand. Orders for bag lunches from St. Gabriel Grocery will be taken at registration time, or participants may bring their own lunch. The seminar is free to Members of Le Comité. Non-members may join at the door for $15 (Individual Membership) and $25 (Family Membership). For details, see flyer here.
2018 Annual Meeting
(10/1/18) The 2018 Annual Meeting was held in Baton Rouge on September 30th. After a short business meeting, Elaine Boston gave a presentation on DNA focusing on GEDmatch and DNA Painter. Slides of her presentation are available here.
Judy Riffel also gave a short presentation on the society's website.
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.
(8/20/18) The 2017 Index to Le Raconteur was added to the public section of the website. On the Members' Page, several out-of-print articles and an updated Accessions file have been posted. Images of three volumes the Confederate Pension Board Registers (1919-1951) have been posted to the Original Records section along with indexes to volumes 1 and 3. The Parish Research Guides have been updated. Thanks go to this year's sponsors: Joan Aleman, Teal Anderson, Mary David Baker, Ruth Bennett, Mary Cargill Blunt, Lori Cummings, Carolyn DeWolfe, Doris Falkenheiner, Alexandra Hainkel, Chris Hansen, Audrey Nabors Jackson, David Ledet, Robert LeJeune, Kenya Key Rachal, Renee Richard, Ann Riffel, Judy Riffel, Joyce Rivette, and Stella Tanoos. The following parishes are available for sponsorship: Bossier, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Red River, Richland, St. Helena, Tensas, Union, Webster, and Winn.
Gilbert Funeral Home Records
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.