Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.

Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Obituary Project

As a follow-on to the Cemetery Project, the Obituary Project Committee went about the process of screening available Acadia Parish newspapers, hardcopy and microfilm, on file in the Acadia Parish Library and elsewhere. They have been researching, copying, cutting, organizing, pasting, and indexing reports of death from the newspapers published in Crowley, Rayne and Church Point. Each book includes an index. Work on this project continues.

Meantime, we have been developing an electronic database of these records to aid researchers in their search. The indices from each of the obituary books have been scanned-in and edited to a similar file format. The records are arranged alphabetically by name within the respective year blocks and cross to the appropriate book and page where the obituary is located. These files are not complete in many respects (e.g., scanning errors, duplicate records, missing information), but, absent a better alternative, we believe users will find them useful in locating obituaries published in Acadia Parish newspapers-- especially our members living outside the commuting area of the parish.

Click here for Obits through 2014 in Alphabetical Order

These draft files are part of a building block for a larger project aimed at abstracting and publishing a wider array of information from the newspaper obituary. Since that effort will take several years, we hope you will be understanding when coming across errors in these files. In that regard, if you are able to fill in any missing information, especially married and maiden names, please let us hear from you.

The naming convention for referencing the obituary volume(s) containing the obituary is essentially an abbreviated newspaper name or combination of names, and volume year(s), followed by page number. Location codes are as follows:

  • for Acadia Signal

  • CR or CPS
  • for Crowley newspapers, such as Crowley Signal, or Crowley Daily Signal, or Crowley Post-Herald which no longer publish, or the current newspaper Crowley Post Signal.

  • CPD
  • for a small collection of early newspapers from the Church Point Democrat

  • CPN
  • for Church Point News

  • FF
  • for Freeland Files, a collection of records donated to the Acadia Parish Library and covering the period 1870 - 1900.

  • RIN or RAT or RIN/RAT
  • for Rayne Independent News, or Rayne Acadian Tribune or combination of both newspapers, where the obituary appears in both newspapers

The main body of obituary records for the parish are located in the genealogy room of the Acadia Parish Library in Crowley. Smaller collections can be found in the branch libraries in Rayne and Church Point and primarily focus on their respective areas. Please visit their web site at http://www.acadia.lib.la.us/ for hours of operation and perhaps establish a point of contact to assist you during your visit.



imageThe next MEETING of the Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society will be on Aug 13, 2016 at the Acadia Parish Library, 1125 N Parkerson Avenue in Crowley, La. at 9:30 am.

Guests and prospective new members are always welcome. See you there.

imageThe new 2015 PRICE LIST of the Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society records is now available. Click on "Publications Price List" in the Site Menu.

imageThe Obituary Index update is complete and includes all 2014 Obits for Acadia Parish. Click on "Obituary Project" in the Site Menu.

We have added 1,176 land transaction records to the Point Noire historical records section contributed by Winston Boudreaux.  Click on "POINTE NOIRE" in the Site Menu.

We have also added 112 BIOGRAPHIES contributed by Gene Thibodeaux.  Click on "BIOGRAPHIES" in the Site Menu.

AGHS Officers

- Prisident

- Vice President

Susie Faul - Treasurer

Gene Thibodeaux - Newsletter Editor

Lauralie Mackey - Librarian/Historian

- Redording Secretary

Thelma Richard - Corresponding Secretary

- Media Coordinator

Founding Members

Winston Boudreaux

Fr. Bob Courville

Gercie Daigle

Glenn Gremillion

Irma Gremillion

Anita Guidry

Owen Guidry

Myrtle McGee

Clarisse Villmont