Welcome to the Jefferson Genealogical Society Web site. General meeting information is here.
Our meetings will be in the Church for June, July, and August
Our next meeting is June 13 at 7:30 PM. This is our annual Founders Day celebration and we urge all members to attend.
Lenny Zimmerman, vice president of the Genealogy Research Society of New Orleans, will be our speaker at the July 11, 2013 meeting. His topic will be “Brick Walls and Genetic Genealogy.” This meeting will start at 7:00 pm in the Church. He also will be doing a DNA workshop at East Bank Regional Library on Saturday, July 20 from 10 am to 1 pm where he will go into more detail about DNA testing and the various companies that do the testing.
Michel-Antoine spoke about Basque history at a JGS meeting some time ago.
Special Event! Basque Culture and Traditions
From Abadie and Alciatore to Yzaguirre and Zatarain, dozens of longtime local families can trace their origins back to the Basque region that straddles the border between France and Spain. Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, who was born in Canada and has lived in New Orleans since 1984, founded a nonprofit group, the Louisiana Basque-American Society and Cultural Organization, or LABASCO, in 2003 to promote awareness of the state's Basque heritage. He will discuss Basque culture, heritage and traditions at this meeting. Free and open to the public. No registration.
West Bank Regional Library http://goo.gl/maps/IaKiM
June 20, 2013
7:00 to 9:00
The list of new books in Special collections has been updated for May. Also a list for the fall of 2012 has been added. To see the list, select the Links tab and then click on the New Books link.
JGS members donate the book County Courthouse Book by Elizabeth Petty Bentley.
JGS members visit the Old Capitol in Baton Rouge to see a range of exhibits including The Ghost of the Castle, The Legacy of Huey P. Long, Baton Rouge and the Civil War as well as others.
Here is a ranking of 5 free genealogy programs:
Sal Serio has teamed with a number of other local genealogical experts to present a series of 12 genealogical
seminars. The sessions are designed as an introduction for beginners and adding to the knowledge of those who are experienced with genealogical research. They are open to the public and are free of charge.
All occur from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie. The first session is May 29. For more details click on the Links page.
Earl Sundmaker, leader of Jefferson Genealogical Society's German Interest Group, has joined the staff of the German-American Cultural Center, and has established a Research Room which contains a computer with internet access, reference books, and maps of Germany.
Earl has personally digitized records for several New Orleans area German churches, and his collection will be on loan to the GACC Research Room. Included are records of the following:
Bethany Evangelical Church
Carrollton Presbyterian Church
First Evangelical Church and history
Jackson Avenue Evangelical Church
Metairie Evangelical Church
Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church
Reverend Kleinhagen Ministry
Salem Evangelical Church (partial)
St. John Evangelical Church
St. Mark Evangelical Church
St. Matthew Evangelical Church
St. Paul’s Evangelical Church
Trinity Evangelical Church
Earl will be available for consultations on genealogy, internet web sites, Ancestry.com, and Family Tree Maker.
German-American Cultural Center
519 Huey P. Long Avenue
Gretna, LA 70053
Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free, but donations accepted
JGS member Bob Gordon has complied a comprehensive list of soldiers who participated in the Battle of New Orleans. This list includes not only the original roster at the Chalmette battlefield but also four additional companies that he uncovered in the National Archives. If you want to know if any of your ancestors were there, email Bob at email@example.com and he will check the roster.