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[LA] Pointe de l'Eglise meeting

History and genealogy buffs will enjoy Pointe de l'Eglise meeting
Special to Magazine

The Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical & Historical Society Inc. will conduct its fourth and final quarterly meeting for the year on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Acadia Parish Library, 1125 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley. The meeting start time is 9:30 a.m. and, after closing, will be followed by an informal get-together for lunch at Fezzo's in Crowley at about noon. The meeting is open to anyone interested in local genealogy and history.

Members are reminded that annual membership renewals are due on or before Dec. 31. As such, they are asked to renew membership at this meeting ($15 individual; $20 family). Make checks payable to PEAG&H Society.

Guest speaker, Allen Simon, a traiteur, has been invited to offer his views on the subject of traditional healing. This presentation covering a part of our local culture should prove to be interesting and thought provoking.

Book sales will take place before and after the meeting. In addition to their previously offered books, they plan on having available for sale their new volume of Acadia Parish Probate Records: An alphabetical Index 1887-2000 (to be reviewed in next week's column), and, their five volumes of Acadia Parish Marriage License Index. They also hope their new volume of Duhon Funeral Home Funeral Records Abstracts, Volume I (1971-1996) will be available from the printers before the meeting.

By previous agreement, Bonnie Beaullieu of Hebert Publications has agreed to be represented and make available for sale at around 50 percent of the regular price, copies of Hebert's Southwest Louisiana Records CD 101. The CD includes volumes 1-31 of the hardback version of Hebert's Southwest Louisiana Records. If anyone has wanted to purchase the CD but found the advertised price to be prohibitive, this will be an opportune time to make a purchase decision.

The Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of about 246 members from 18 states and Canada. In addition to quarterly meetings, members are kept informed through their quarterly newsletter La Pointe, electronic mail, and their internet Web site. If you are interested in learning more about the society, you are asked to attend the meeting or visit their Web site at You can also contact Thelma Richard at or phone (337)783-8497.

Acadia Parish Marriage License Index Volume 1 (1887-1930) is the first in a series of volumes on this subject to be offered in the near future. It includes a listing of about 13,670 marriage license applications retained by the Acadia Parish Clerk of Court from the beginnings of Acadia Parish in 1887 through 1930. Future volumes are expected to contain about the same number of records and continue through at least calendar year 2000.

The index is divided into two parts. The first part is sequenced alphabetically by the prospective groom's name and provides the license date and number, the name of the prospective bride, and, if applicable, the book and page where the information is recorded. The second part provides the same information, but it is sequenced alphabetically by name of the prospective bride.

This unofficial index has been assembled as an aid to family historians researching Acadia Parish families. In using this date, keep in mind that the license date may not match the date of marriage. It is also noted that not all licenses resulted in a marriage. Typically, the marriage would have taken place within 30 days of the license being issued.

While court records are public records, the right to inspect, examine or copy them is governed by law. Typically, approval of requests to examine or copy court records may be limited to the people having a legitimate interest in the case. Should this index identify a document of potential interest, researchers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Acadia Parish Clerk of Court to determine availability and associated costs of providing copies of the document. That contact information is Acadia Parish Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 922, Crowley, LA 70527-0922, or phone (337) 788-8881.

There are plans to publish a series of several volumes containing marriage abstracts which will offer considerably more information about the license and subsequent marriage, that is the place and date of marriage, and names of parents and witnesses. This index will be the key to locating the applicable abstract by providing researchers with more definitive information prior to requesting copies of marriage licenses or certificates.

In order to obtain the current pricing information, readers are asked to go to or write to Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society, P.O. Box 497, Crowley, LA 70527.

Marriage records

Most collections of marriage records derive from church records or marriage licenses, but not all early marriages were recorded in the traditional manner and not all records of marriage have survived. The gaps in the historical record, therefore, can be a huge obstacle in genealogical research.

Maryland Marriages, 16341777, published by Robert Barnes in 1975, is a compilation of all the marriages in existing church records and is a great example of a marriage collection deriving from traditional sources, but it is neither infallible nor comprehensive. What about marriages that do not appear in church records or church records that no longer exist? Where can we find evidence of these marriages?

These are questions Barnes posed when he set out to compile this complement to Maryland Marriages. His new book, Maryland Marriage Evidences, 16341718, is a collection of 6,500 marriage records found in sources other than church records, closing the gap in the historical record and providing a clear alternative to traditional genealogical sources.

The records in this new work are based on both direct and indirect references, and in the introduction Mr. Barnes explains how they were found: "Direct records of marriage may be found in parish registers and administrative records of some denominations, in marriage licenses and allegations, in banns posted in the county court, and in pastoral registers. Indirect references to marriages can be found in land records, probate and court records, marriage contracts, Maryland state papers, and court reports. Marriages and marriage references may also be found in private records such as newspapers, diaries, letters, and family Bibles."

With a bibliography and a full-name index of brides and others mentioned in the text, along with additions and corrections to Maryland Marriages, this work completes the tableau of sources available to the researcher in the area of colonial Maryland genealogy -- the final installment of a resource that began to prove its usefulness 30 years ago.

This book is available from the Genealogical Publishing Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211 for $39, postage and handling included. It is a softcover book.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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