Meeting on November 11, 2001

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Today we had Margeret Ortigo showing us the does and don'ts on the Internet, the list of her favorite websites can be found at http://www.imperialstlandry.org/ortigogensites.htm

MEETING OF THE IMPERIAL ST. LANDRY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, held at 10:00 A. M., Saturday, November 10, 2001, in the third floor auditorium of the Opelousas General Hospital.

Estelle Perrault, president, called the meeting to order.  She announced that the family of the late Eddie Lee Elder Comeaux has donated her extensive genealogy research library to the genealogy society.  JoAnne Savoie presented for approval by the membership, a sticker with the societyís name and coat of arms, to be affixed to all of the books owned by the society.  

Juergen Amling can provide business cards for society members, with the individualís name, the society name and coat of arms. The charge is $5.00 for the first ten cards, with additional cards priced at ten for $l.00.  Interested persons should contact Juergen. 

It was announced that the society is working on an inventory of all books and CDís owned by the society.  The reference materials will be made available to members when the catalog process has been completed. 

Miss Perrault stated that she and JoAnne Savoie and Sylvia Morel went to Marksville to help a group of interested persons with starting a genealogy society in Avoyelles Parish.

A gentleman with that group presented our society with four volumes of the cemetery records of the church in Mansura. These books will be made available to our members. 

JoAnn Hidalgo Duncan was appointed at the October meeting to serve on the nominating committee.  Miss Perrault called for nominations from the floor for additional committee members.  Nominated were:  Rosalyn L. Soileau, Wyolene Orihuela, Eloise St. Cyr.

Athalee Dupre moved that all be accepted, and JoAnne Savoie seconded the motion. The four nominating committee members were unanimously approved by the members.

The president then introduced the guest speaker, Mrs. Margaret Ortigo, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at LSU in Alexandria.  She gave an interesting account of her introduction to genealogy research.  Six years ago, her mother decided to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  As a result, Mrs. Ortigo pursued her research on the internet, and found that the research had already been done on many of her ancestors.

Mrs. Ortigo presented a list of her favorite genealogy internet sites, pointing out some of her favorites.  She stressed the importance of verifying all information obtained from web sites, as there are many contributions to the sites, which prove to be incorrect.  She stated that the internet offers free software for downloading, such as Acrobat reader.  Bureau of Land Patent Records require this software if the researcher wants to print the information.

Juergen Amling will demonstrate how to set up a personal web site at our January meeting.  There will be no meeting in December.

Submitted by Sylvia David Morel Recording Secretary