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.
(2/12/17) The Annual Index to the 2016 issues of Le Raconteur have been added to the public section of the website. Nine Out-of-Print articles from Le Raconteur have been added to the Members' Page.
New Files Added and Updated
(7/18/16) The first General Research Guide, African American Genealogical Research, has been posted to the Members' Page. The Parish Research Guides have also been updated with new information. Thanks go to our generous sponsors: Joan Aleman, Teal Anderson, Mary David Baker, Bernice A. Bennett, Mary Cargill Blunt, Lori Cummings, Carolyn DeWolfe, Doris Falkenheiner, Chris Hansen, Phebe Hayes, Audrey Nabors Jackson, Ronald Lasyone, David Ledet, Robert LeJeune, Kenya Key Rachal, Renee Richard, Ann DeVillier Riffel, Judy Riffel, Joyce Rivette, John Sellers, Timothy Strain, and Stella Tanoos. Only six parishes remain unsponsored: Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Red River, Richland, and Winn.
(1/24/16) Eleven Out-of-Print articles from Le Raconteur and one digitized book, The Men and Women in World War II from Lincoln, Morehouse and Union Parishes have been added to the Members' Page.
(11/1/15) Eight Parish Research Guides have been added or updated, two sponsored by Ronald Lasyone (Bienville and Red River) and six by a matching grant from Shell Oil Company Foundation (Beauregard, Bossier, Calcasieu, Claiborne, St. Bernard, and Webster). This brings the total number of guides for the year up to 56.
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