11 December 2003
We are asking for members and others with Acadia Parish connections to
contribute ancestor charts for inclusion in a future revision to our book of
ancestor charts. Each chart should include at least four generations.
Items to include in the chart are: name and dates/locations of birth,
marriage and death, as applicable. The book will be donated to the Acadia
Parish Library and will be made available for sale to the public to raise funds
for the Society.
in 1989, the Society has been collecting Ancestor Charts from its members. Many
of the charts appeared in two volumes published under titles of: "
de l'Eglise Historical & Genealogical Club-Members"
de L'Eglise Historical & Genealogical Ancestor Charts Book II."
We will no longer publish these two volumes. Instead, all charts received
thus far have been consolidated and the first four generations of each chart, if
provided, are appearing in this single volume titled,
Connections – A Collection of Ancestor Charts.
This project is a work in progress. The first volume contains
about 375 charts and we are collecting information for the second volume. Our
primary expectations from assembling and publishing these charts are to:
- Improve communication between members;
- Foster cooperation through exchange of research information;
- Increase public awareness of our existence and work;
- Increase public support our projects;
- Increase our membership and volunteer base; and,
- Make more genealogical and historical information available to the
public through our contributions to the Acadia Parish Library; and,
- Raise funds for the Society.
To add flexibility and scope while reducing relative costs of publication, we have
collected the data into a single file using the capabilities of the
software program. Given our limited experience with the
program’s report formatting capabilities, we have chosen to reduce from five to
four, the number of generations covered in each chart; however, we will publish
up to seven generations, if furnished. Simply put, we couldn’t get five
generations on a single page and still get the level of detail we were striving
for. We will break them down into two or more charts. On the positive
side, thanks to the computer and related software, we believe the formats employed in this volume, with its large array of
names and supporting index to aid in locating individual names in the chart(s),
will be a marked improvement over our earlier efforts. Moreover, once we get
over the initial "growing pains," we should see considerable improvement in
subsequent revisions to this volume.
As part of the process of transferring the data from the individual charts to
Family Tree Maker
, we tried to edit errors or inconsistencies by merging
apparently similar data submitted by two or more members. In a few cases, we
referred to other sources, such as the 41-volume set of Father Hebert's
Southwest Louisiana Records
in efforts to arrive at an acceptable
entry. More often than not, however, we tried to accept the data submitted by the
member. With this in mind, users are asked to please use this information simply as a tool to
identify leads to others having common family interests; to discuss
discrepancies; and, to help get closer to locating source documents.
The sale price for the
publication is $30.00 to members; $35.00 to non-members, including shipping and