About CreoleGen


CreoleGen is a group of loosely-affiliated family historians and genealogists who are focused on researching and documenting the lives of ethnically diverse Louisiana and Gulf Coast Creole families.

We work under the definition of “Creole” as derived from its original meaning among the French and Spanish colonials to mean “of this place.”  The term “creole” was used to define any person descended from European, African, and indigenous people, who was born in the colonial expansion empire of Nouvelle France and Nueva España (New France and New Spain), areas now known as North America and the Caribbean. Those modern-day persons who can claim Creole heritage include whites, blacks, and mixed-race people.

CreoleGen provides wide-ranging opportunities to share information through our website, field trips, literary sources (book reviews and publication of new material) and partnerships with libraries, societies, and academic institutions.

We believe it is vitally important for people who have been denied access to historical information about their family makeup, origins and place in history to discover and share this information.  This helps establish a sense of place and builds self-esteem.  We truly believe that …

“… If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”

James Baldwin

CreoleGen exists to be an aid in family history discovery.

Lolita Villavasso Cherrie

Lenora Adrienne Gobert

Jari Christopher Louis Honora

Janice Duplantier Smith

23 thoughts on “About CreoleGen

  1. How wonderful. Thank you for this history. I hope that all who read it will have an appreciation for the effort and the culture. Would love to see more on the Sisters of The Holy Family.

  2. This has been a delightful reading experience! In reading these articles, I have learned so much about our past history and the accomplishments of our people. Your research has been an asset to us all. Thank you for everything.

  3. Thank you so much for this site. I can remember my grandmother relaying stories of the Roberson Home and my Aunt Ginny. My grandmother was Nettie Barnes Dupree. She also worked at the Roberson Home .

    I was trying to find information about Aunt Ginny and the Home, and I found your site. Perhaps you can help me with my reasearch.

    Thank you so much!!!! I have shared this information with my family and they are very excited. Can you email me?

    Sharon Hyde Augillard

  4. Sharon, I have sent you a personal email. Please get back to me.I am thrilled to learn that you have a family connection to Virginia Barnes and the Roberson Home. I plan to write a more extensive article on this fantastic woman based on research available at your own institution, Tulane University…….Lolita

  5. Jari, i have some information regarding the Baquet’s family in Saint-Marc. Let me know if i can send it to you.. a breakthrough!

  6. Thank you so much for this site. I had begun researching through Census records for data on my paternal grandparents (Boudreaux and Moore), and now on this site I’ve located more tidbits of information about my maternal grandparents (Gautier and Adams) in two separate postings of yours. You’ve got me hooked… so at some point I’ve got to sit down and scroll through that Louisiana Weekly microfilm. Looking forward to it!

  7. This is an amnazing sight. I am a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy 1956, and never received my year book or graduation picture.My parents moved to Los Angels immediately after my graduation.
    No luck in contacting the School . Can you assist me?
    Heilindia Venice Simmons aka Linda Simmons at school. I

  8. I do not have the 1956 Maris Stella yearbook, but I do have 1955 when you were a junior. If you need your photo from 1955, just let me know. If not , maybe one of our readers out there may be able to assist us.

  9. Very interested in the references you make about Sainte Domingue emigrie(s). I used to hear my grandmother claim that heritage. Any thoughts on how to research these families?
    Love your website!! Couldn’t stop reading…..

  10. Truly a great and much needed site. I would like to see more on the Knights of Peter Claver, and keep up the great work!

  11. In reading your Information of history on our great state, I became very excited. I am a 72 year old black woman who only managed to accomplish a high school degree. I live in rural Opelousas between Plaisance and Washington, Louisiana. I became impressed with the Rosenwald School in my area. I attended a one room school where we went for only half days. In 1950 it was in an area of Opelousas called Brickyard. Now I am wondering if it is one of the Rosenwald schools. Thanks for your site. I have learned so much history! History is my love.I am a reader, computer and library person. Thank you so much. I appreciate your hard work.

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