September 2012 Meeting Cancelled

Due to Hurricane Isaac the September meeting will be cancelled.    We will resume activitin in October for our annual Oktoberfest Dinner.

Added: September 12, 2012

Index Update A-Z

All names appearing in Les Voyageurs from 1980-2005 have been indexed and are available online.  Click on Les Voyageurs at the left and you'll be able to search our index.  Thanks to member, Larry Torres, for his contribution to our society. 

Added: June 4, 2012

September Meeting Held

Many members were in attendance as well as a good amount of guests.   Our presenter for the evening was Ms. Darlene LaBranche.   She gave an informative presentation about the history of the Catholic Church in St. John the Baptist Parish.    Ms. LaBranche's presentation was enhanced with a wonderful collection of old photographs which were displayed on the projection screen. 

Added: September 30, 2011

Fr. Fred Youngs Passes Away

Sad news comes from Australia, where Fr. Fred Youngs was vacationing.   Fr. Youngs passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011.   Arrangements are pending.   The GACHGS extends condolences to Fr. Fred's family and those who loved him dearly.   In January he spoke at our regular meeting and was very excited about his upcoming Laiche family book.   For more information:


Added: March 8, 2011

January Meeting Held

Fr. Fred Youngs Speaking At the recent January meeting of the German-Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society, members present listened attentively to, member, and guest speaker, Fr. Fred Youngs.    Fr. Fred's presentation was regarding his upcoming book on the Laiche/Leche family.

Fr. Fred's research began 15 years ago, but since his 2010 retirement has now been expedited.    His book which he hopes to have published by the end of 2011 will be a well documented work of over 700 pages.   His research will include all Laiche/Leche descendants through the present generation on the male lines.   On the female lines he will cover all descendants up to (circa) 1900.

Added: January 28, 2011

Oktoberfest 2010

Our Oktoberfest dinner was held at La Maison Magnolia.   The crowd on hand enjoyed their delicious meal and learned a great deal from guest speaker, Al Robichaux who spoke about the dispersement of Acadian Church records since the "Grand Dérangement".   Click on Oktoberfest to the left to see pictures of the event.

Added: November 13, 2010

July Anniversary Meeting Held

Our July meeting was held Tuesday, July 27th at the St. John the Baptist Parish Library.  In attendance where 58 members and guests.

Election of officers was held.   Raoul Laurent was nominated and then elected as Vice President.   We would like to thank Brian Becnel for his years of service as Vice President.    All other officers will return to their positions and were nominated by acclimation.

GACHGS member David Hubbell gave an excellent presentation on the history of the 1924 Tornado that took place during a St. Philip Catholic Church fair in Vacherie.    David spoke about the weather conditions of that time, the scenario of the day's activities and many details and photos of the lives of the victims and injured of the catastrophe.   David is exploring the possibility of publishing his research in a book.

Birthday cake and lemonade was enjoyed by those in attendance.    

Added: July 28, 2010

May Meeting Held

Emory Webre spoke at our May meeting to a full audience.    The weather was a lot nice than this year compared to Emory's last visit, so we're thankful for that.  Emory spoke in detail about the Catholic education of the Free People of Color and Slaves in Louisiana during the 18th and 19th and early 20th Century. 

Added: June 1, 2010

GACHGS relocates PO BOX

Please note!

GACHGS has relocated it's mailing address to:

PO BOX 3086
LaPLACE, LA 70069-3086

All correspondence must go to the new mailing address.  Our P.O. Box in Destrehan will not be renewed as of August 2010.   No officers live in Destrehan any longer, so the board of directors voted to move the box to a central location in LaPlace.

Added: April 8, 2010

New Website

As you can see we have revamped the website and it is now an interactive feature that will help make using the site a good experience.

Added: March 23, 2010

November 2009 meeting is cancelled

November 2009 meeting is cancelled due to library scheduling conflict, see you January 26, 2010

Added: November 15, 2009

Oktober Fest Dinner 2009

see Oktoberfest section for info

Added: October 3, 2009

September Meeting Held

With a change in venue to the Reserve Branch of the St. John the Baptist Parish Library, and despite the torrential downpours of heavy rain, many members and guests turned out to hear member Emory Webre of St. Louis, MO.  Webre gave a very interesting presentation on the Slaves and Freed St. Slaves of St. Michael's Convent (aka Sacred Heart Convent) at Convent, St. James Parish, Louisiana.  His material gave a glimpse into the many details of the slaves' lives as well as the nuns who ran the convent. 

Emory's research was discovered in the Religious of the Sacred Heart Archives in St. Louis.  He plans to publish this information in upcoming issues of Les Voyageurs.   As always, it was good to see Emory and his wife Jane, we hope that they return soon and often -- we know Emory will draw crowds to our meetings.

Added: September 20, 2009

Membership Renewal

It's time to renew.

send your check for $20 for 2010 membership to
Carolyn Laurent - GACHGS Membership
P.O. Box 517
Destrehan, Louisiana 70047

Added: August 20, 2009