11 December 2003
GENEALOGY DAY IN ACADIA PARISH
Genealogy Day, sponsored by the Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia
Genealogical and Historical Society was held on Saturday, September 25th,
2004 at the Civic Center in Rayne, LA. We had a number of societies,
authors/publishers and family groups participate with us and contributed to what
seemed to be a successful event. They included
Also present was Mr. Warren A. Perrin, who honored us by
serving as our guest speaker for the event. For those of us who are
unfamiliar, Mr. Perrin's long list of credentials include, founder of Acadiana
Heritage & Culture Foundation, Inc., President of the Council for the
Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), and author of the book,
"Acadian Redemption: From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen's Royal
Proclamation." He is further credited with filing the petition seeking
an apology on behalf of Acadians from Queen Elizabeth II for wrongs of the
Acadian deportation. This effort, begun in 1990, successfully resulted in
a Royal Proclamation being signed on December 10, 2003 and decreeing July 28th
as the Day of Commemoration of the Deportation.
- Genealogical Societies representing Allen parish, Central
Louisiana and Southwest Louisiana
- Publishers/Authors from Hebert Publications, Provincial
Press, and Plaquemine Brulee Press.
- Family Organizations of Benoit, Doucet, Sonnier/Saulnier, and
Since public awareness of available genealogical resources was
more the goal than was fundraising, we chose to open our doors and not charge
admission for this, our first, event. How do we measure our success? A few
How do we plan to improve for an event
next year? Among other things, we will:
- We gave back to the community by providing a venue for
like-minded area organizations to present their genealogical and historical
material to the public.
- We enjoyed the participation of about 200 people in the
capacity of either vendors or visitors. Participants came from as far as
Mississippi and Texas, as well as various locations in Louisiana.
- We discovered a few more volunteers who brought their skills
to the process of organizing and executing the event.
- We made a few more businesses and government entities aware
of our existence and of our contributions to the community, as we went about
the process of collecting goods and services for use as door prizes.
- We improved communications and cooperation among a few more
of our members who contributed their time and talents toward making the event
- We worked hard, met people and had fun in the process.
We welcome any reasonable ideas on how to improve on our events
in the future.
- Build upon lessons learned from CY-2004 event.
- Begin planning early.
- Reach out early to publishers/authors, family organizations and
genealogical/historical societies and ask for their
- Push for more media coverage of our meetings and research contributions to our
- Charge about $5.00 for General Admission and consider use
of advance ticket sales to help offset some of the costs of sponsoring the