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Our crest was designed by Charter Member Diane St. Paul de la Vergne Olivier. She was active in genealogy and historical societies in Louisiana and felt that the Jefferson Genealogical Society needed its own emblem. She designed it to represent the hand of God steering the ships that brought our ancestors to the new world. The design was originally done in black and white and, the society chose its current colors.

Welcome to the Jefferson Genealogical Society Web site. General meeting information is here.


Our next general meeting will be Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Jay Schexnaydre will be our speaker. Jay will discuss the research of his great-grandmother’s Keating family. The Keating family of St. John the Baptist Parish has roots in France, St. Domingue, Mauritus, Philadelphia, Delaware and Ireland. Find out how Jay remarkably uncovered the background of this family back 1000 years and has reunited cousins from around the globe. This presentation will encourage you to search in places you’d never thought would yield results and how persistence pays off. All Keatings are invited to attend, but all genealogical researchers will be thoroughly intrigued.

We hope to see you there!


Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee submits the following nominations for officers of the Society for a term of 2 years (2015-2016)

President: Michele L. Lehmann

Vice President: Glenda H. Bonneval

Secretary: Paulette Mauterer

Treasurer: Audrey K. Borde

Board Member at Large: Gerald Schroeder

The nominating committee consisted of Cheryl Curole (last elected Board member), Barbara Munson, and Barbara DeSoto.



Shirley Lynch and Cheryl Curole at the JGS Booth at the 2013 Jefferson Parish Library Genealogy Fair



all in attendance were Paulette Mauterer, Lois Willow, Cheryl Curole, and Barbara DeSoto.


Sal  & Census

We had a great 2013 Workshop. Click on the Events tab for more pictures.


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 Congregation
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
(504) 363-4204
Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free, but donations accepted

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JGS member Bob Gordon has compiled 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 rcgordon@cox.net and he will check the roster. 


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