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Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Society, P. O. Box 664, Ville Platte, LA
Posted by: Rosie Wells (ID *****8775) Date: July 22, 2007 at 07:19:06
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I received the following query this morning: Will the Evangeline Genealogical & Historical Newsletter be only about the Fontenots?
Because there was still a great demand for information on the Fontenot family after the Fontenot Family book sold out, the members of EG&HS considered publishing another book, but in the meantime the plan was to publish additional information on the Fontenot family in La Voix des Prairies as space permitted. I am a current subscriber to the newsletter, and I can tell you it's been a while since information on the Fontenot family, specifically, was published.

At present, St. Ann Catholic Cemetery Records, Mamou, LA are being reprinted in the newsletter. Because St. Ann's early records were destroyed in the fire of 1936, these cemetery records are especially important. My parents married at St. Ann's in July 1924, but I did not know the day of the month. I went to the Evangeline Parish Court House in Ville Platte, and asked for a copy of their marriage license. I was pleased to see that the pastor from St. Ann's had filled in the space provided on the back of the license and had recorded their marriage at St. Anns.

When I received my copy of the Fontenot book, I had already completed entering all the Fontenots in the first 4 volumes (1750-1847) of Southwest Louisiana Records by Rev. Donald J. Hebert, but many of the couples were married in a civil ceremony and parents' names were not included. Going thru the Fontenot book, I was able to link many of these individuals to their families, and ALL family files in my database grew by leaps and bounds. I came to realize that cemetery records provide the birth and death dates needed to connect these families. Since then, I have purchased cemetery records from many sources.

I have a very large database, 84,000+ individuals and still counting! Because all these families are in one database, and because there was so much intermarriage among the families, each family file has grown quite large. At one time, the Fontenot family was the largest in my database, but now the Guillory family is the largest!

My Mother was orphaned at age 9; her Mother died in 1918 and her Father died in 1919. Mama, Alcina LeDoux (1909-2000) went to live with a half-sister, Lucien LeDoux and her husband, Virgil Deshotels. Mama knew very little of her family, but she did tell me "my mother was a Belaire from Belaire Cove." as it turned out, her grandmother was a Belaire; her mother was a Simon, Adelaide A. S. Fontenot, d/o Alcoide Placide Simon Fontenot and Emelite Rozas. In order to find Mama's Ledoux ancestors, I entered all the LeDouxs I could find in all the published Catholic Church Records I could find. I found her ancestor, Pierre LeDoux with his wife Cecile Rondot in the published records of the Diocese of Baton Rouge; the frosting on the cake was when I found the LeDoux book in the Evangeline Parish Library in Ville Platte, LA. There I found Mama's father, Villeneuve LeDoux with his frist wife Azema Ardoin and their 8 children, all of whom were known to me. Information in the LeDoux book agreed with my research.

Sometime ago, while visiting in Ville Platte, my brother-in-law, Hasker Garland (1921-2007) and I visited James Reed, Ed & Sec Treasuer of "EG&HS". I brought with me a copy of my Fontenot research to show James that I had indeed done my own research on the Fontenot family and I had not plagerized the Fontenot book. At this time, my own Fontenot research has gone far beyond what is in the Fontenot book and includes information from numerous cemetery records on ALL the families. I failed to mention information also found on the Social Security Death Index at which is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint online.

Because I have entered so much information, when anyone writes to ask how they descend from a specific family, I can usually find the answer to their question in a short time. I do not charge to do this research, and the only time I am compensated is when people buy a copy of my research. Oftentimes, people write to say they want to buy a copy of my research, but once I have linked them to their families, I never hear from them again. Needless to say, this is very disappointing. I work on the honor system and I wish everone else did the same. But my son, Joe, reassures my by reminding me "Mama, you enjoy what you do and that is what matters."

Best regards to all who read this,
Rosie Morein Wells
Birmingham, AL

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