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"New Materials for French Genealogy at Clayton"

Robert de Berardinis will be the guest speaker for Bay Area Genealogical Society on January 25th, 2004 at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive in Clear Lake City.  The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM.

Robert de BerardinisRobert is a retired grocery company executive and transplanted thirteenth generation Louisianian.  Robert and his wife Julia have lived in Houston since 1964.

Genealogy is his passion and French Research his expertise, He has published four books this year; an Index to French Superior Council Records; French Officials, Officers and Soldiers 1710-1770, Analytical Index to Documents Concerning Military and Civilian Personnel in French Archives Concerning the Province of Louisiana; and Some of the Ancestry of Michel Billeaudeau of Ville Platte, Louisiana. He has authored 60 articles that have been printed in State and National Genealogical publications. In addition to his writing de Berardinis has lectured in five states on French and Spanish language genealogy.

Robert is currently serving his third term as a director of Clayton Library Friends. His contributions to the Clayton Library are extensive. He has served as a library volunteer in several capacities. He instrumental in the acquisition of the Cuban Papers for Clayton. This collection is the largest collection outside Spain and larger than the Library of Congress holdings. He has contributed time and expertise in microfilming and acquisition of Texas Land records for Clayton thus preserving them from destruction. He promoted the acquisition for Clayton Border crossing records from the early Texas era; He has developed and presented educational programs for genealogists.

His subject at the January meeting will be on “Louisiana Genealogy” with some interesting twists.  Make plans now to be on hand to welcome this talented and entertaining speaker at our January meeting.