11 December 2003
ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE 1989 FOUNDING
If you or someone you know
have family connections to Acadia Parish and have an interest in genealogy,
consider the following discussion points about our Society:
of members having similar historical interests in Acadia Parish families and
events. A Membership Contact List is distributed annually as a
communications aid to member.
Newsletter, Á la Pointe, published and distributed
quarterly to members.
Web Site Our
Rootsweb-sponsored web page and LAGenWeb’s Acadia Parish Genealogy web site,
with links to Rootsweb query boards and other genealogy-related sites, is
is provided to new researchers locally; and, to remotely located researchers.
Lookup/reproduction support is also offered in return for a small donation to
the Society (e.g., locate and provide copies of obituaries or court records).
Acadia Parish Probate Probate
containing about 27,435 entries has been published and maaqe65de
available for reference in
Acadia Parish Library system and for sale through the Society. Also, an
index of records through 1997 continues to be available on the Internet in the Acadia Parish
over 52,000 Acadia Parish Marriage Licenses (1887-2004) indexed, published in
five volumes and
made available for reference in Acadia Parish Library system and for sale
through the Society. Similar information on records from 1887-1999 is also
available in the Acadia Parish
Archives on the Internet at
vObituaries from 1870 to the present,
over 66,000 entries from area newspaper archives, extracted, assembled, indexed,
published and available in Acadia Parish Library system. As an outgrowth of
this effort, an abstracted index is being developed for sale to the public.
v Acadia Parish Library Support
is provided by the Society through our financial and book donations, and our
volunteer research efforts. For example, we purchase and donate “family books”
to the library and donate at least three copies of each book we publish, so
that a copy is available to all library patrons for reference in the main
library in Crowley and the branch libraries in Rayne and Church Point.
published by the Society, typically donated to the Acadia Parish Library and
made available for sale, include:
Acadia Parish Cemetery Listings
- Five volumes covering over 90 Acadia Parish cemeteries. Over 39,550 grave
sites indexed and include the available name, dates of birth and death, military
information on the deceased and grave site location from the cemetery marker.
Book of Member Ancestor Charts - Two
volumes containing five-generation charts contributed by Society members. These
charts and others have been combined into a single volume and will be available
early in CY-2004.
oAcadia Parish WW I Draft Registration Records. Almost
7,000 records have been transcribed and arranged alphabetically by surname –
Volume I includes A through J; Volume II K through Z. Published information
includes: Name; Age; Date of Birth or Age; Address; Race; Height; Build; Hair
and Eye Color; Missing Limbs, if any; Occupation; Employer; Where Employed;
Name, Relationship and Address of Nearest Relative; Registration Date; and,
whether the individual signed or made his mark.
Acadia Parish Veterans of World War I. Contains
information from the discharge certificates of about 1,000 WW I-era veterans
from Acadia Parish.
Guidry Funeral Home, Church Point. Over 3,000
Guidry Funeral Home Funeral Records (1951-1999) have been abstracted and
published in a single volume.
§Gossen Funeral Home, Rayne. Funeral records
from 1938 through 2003 have been abstracted and published in two volumes.
§Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, Crowley. Funeral
records from 1934 through 2004 have been abstracted and published in five
§Duhon Funeral Home funeral records from Church
Point, Rayne and Crowley, LA for 1971-2004 for have been
abstracted. Volume I (1971-1996) has been published; and, Volume II
(1997-2005) expected during CY-2006.
Acadia Parish Historical & Genealogical
Articles … By Mary Alice Fontenot. We have published
two volumes containing articles written by the late Mary Alice Fontenot and
published in the Crowley Post-Signal. Each book includes an index of
individuals named in the various articles and provides a great insight into the
history of Acadia parish and some of its people.
We have published in a single volume under the title Acadia Parish
Connections -- A Collection of Ancestor Charts, approximately 400
four-generation charts contributed by our members .