The Creole Genealogical and Historical Association, Inc., CreoleGen, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a group of 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/or 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 part of North America and the Caribbean. Those modern-day persons who can claim Creole heritage include whites, blacks, and people of blended ethnicities.
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—Founder and member of the Board of Directors
Lenora Adrienne Gobert—Founder and member of the Board of Directors
Janice Duplantier Smith–Founder and member of the Board of Directors
Jari Christopher Louis Honora—Founder and Consultant