African American Genealogical Seminar
Set for June 16, 2018
(3/1/18) Le Comité's African American Special Interest Group will hold its African American Genealogical Seminar on Saturday, June 16th, at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Rd., in St. Francisville. Speakers and their topics are: Glenna Clark Fallin, "Genealogical Resources at the West Feliciana Parish Library"; Suzette Domingue, "St. Francisville's African American Spiritual Journey Home"; Kenya Key Rachal, "Fight for Freedom: The Ins and Outs of Emancipation and Just How Free Was Free, Anyway?"; Renee Bergeron Richard, "Researching Your African American Roots Through Catholic Church Records"; Dr. Charles Vincent, "Scotlandville"; and Judy Riffel, "Searching West Feliciana Clerk of Court Records Online," and "Analyzing the DNA of the GU272 Descendants." The seminar is free to Members of Le Comité. Non-members may join at the door for $20 (Individual Membership) and $30 (Family Membership). For details, see flyer here.
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 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
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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