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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.


The Jefferson Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7 PM at John Calvin Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4201 Transcontinental Drive at Glendale in Metairie. Brandi Newman will be the guest speaker and her topic will be “Louisiana Historical Land Records and Their Relevance to Genealogists.” She has been working in the Historical Title Records Section of the Louisiana State Land Office since June 2008.

Ms. Newman will provide information about available records on individuals who held British, French and Spanish land grants in Louisiana. She will also provide an explanation of the terminology and laws essential to understanding these records and demonstrate how to access the information online from the State Land Office’s website.

Ms. Newman has a unique knowledge of the available historic land records and the content of those records. She has been actively engaged in researching and indexing these records to facilitate a more user-friendly experience for those using the online database.

Ms. Newman will be bringing Louisiana Land Maps for sale. They will be $20 each and she will only accept checks as payment.

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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