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Trip to Avoyelles

Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 8:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bonnette - Saucier
I want to plan a trip to Avoyelles Parish in May. Can anyone tell if the courthouse lets you go thru the records? I am looking for my grandparents, Kirby Bonnette and Neta Saucier marriage records. They were married 23 Jan 1919 in Plaucheville. I would also like to find info on their family. If anyone can give me info on the places I can do research I would appreciate any help.

Christine

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 25 Feb 2013 4:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
When I made a trip to Avoyelles Parish several years ago, the personnel at the courthouse did allow us to see their records. They were very helpful and my husband and I tried to be respectful in return. We also stumbled upon a small library that actually had good information regarding ancestors I was seeking. If you are planning to spend the night, you might want to make arrangements before you go. There are not many accommodations (hotels/motels) in the area. Also, you will want to be sure to visit the cemeteries. Enjoy your trip.

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 4:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Christine, did you make your trip to A.Parish? I'm hoping to go in a couple of weeks and could use some pointers. thanks... -Eleanor

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 6:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Saucier, Bonnette
Yes I did go and I was not prepared. I am use to going to libraries. If you are going to the courthouse make sure you have a list of who and what you are looking for with dates. I was overwhelmed with the books that they just let you go thru. I guess that is what small towns do. LOL We went to the cemetery in plaucheville and walked it taking pictures and put them on Find A Grave. I don't think I want to go in May again it was hot. If you are going to cemeteries wear flat shoes because the cemeteries we went to were not level. We used our IPhones to take pictures but with the sun it was hard to see if we got a good picture until we downloaded them. Maybe next time we will use a real camera. LOL We stayed at the Paragon Casino in Marksville. The price was good but we went durning the week. I don't know the week-end prices. Don't use their web page because you will get a better rate if you call the Casino and ask about different discount rates. It was not that far from Plaucheville and the courthouse is in Marksville. If you are going to the cemeteries you might want to call first to find out when someone would be around if you are looking for a grave. In Plaucheville only one lady knew anything about the cemetery and she wasn't around all the time. LOL Small towns!!!! If you have any other questions please ask. I had a great time and want to go back but be more prepared. What family are you going to research? My grandmother's Saucier family was from Plaucheville. My grandfather's Bonnette family was from Cottonport but didn't make it there. Like I said NOT PREPARED but will do better next time.. Christine

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 7:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks so much for heads up on lodging. I'll definitely call the Casino. Will be there mid Nov.

Have been to the ct. house at Pointe Coupee which I expect is similar to Avoyelles... out of the 19th century.

I'm making a search list and found books online at the parish library that may be helpful, too. Did you go there? I've looked online at all the cemeteries in Avoyelles that have names listed and not found my ancestors so don't know that I'll visit any.

Am looking for Jesse and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy. They migrated from Natchez in 1832. Purchased land in 1848. Their daughter moved to Pointe Coupee in 1847 when she married a descendant of French Huguenots. She had been a member of the Baptist Church at Bayou de Glaises according to her obit. There's an active BdG Baptist church with old cemetery adjacent which I assume is the same one. Don't know if they have any of the old membership records and can't find a contact person.

Do you have anything you'd like me to look for if I have the time? No guarantees but if there's something specific, I'd be happy do give it a shot if time allows. -E



Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 8:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am leaving for work right now but will check some of the books I have from Avoyelles tomorrow. What was their daughters name. I do have the Brides books from Avoyelles Parish. Christine

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 9:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Daughter was Mary Elizabeth Kennedy (same name as mother). Married William Oliver Buck - bond filed in Pointe Coupee - 21 Dec 1847, security: John J Brooks . I don't know if they married in Avoyelles or Pt C. Thanks for the look up. -E

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 2:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
She is not in the Brides Book of Avoyelles Parish or Avoyelleans of Yesteryear. I did go to the library in Marksville. When you go look for a building that could have been a 7-11. LOL It will be on the right side when you come from the main road and have a small sign on the building. We passed it 3 times. I would check on the days and time it's open. The courthouse could be out of the 19th century and the people are so nice. Sure not like the big cities. LOL Have you tried to Google the titles of books to see if they are on line? I also go to the Family Search web site because they are putting a lot on line for free. In Avoyelles Parish I do have some cemetery books if you ever need someone looked up. I haven't research Natches or Pointe Coupee so I don't have any books from there. Thanks for the offer but I have so much I need that I can't think of anything right now. If I do I'll get back with you. Hope you have a great trip and find a lot. Anything else let me know. Christine

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 11:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
If your family is Catholic, you can find info at the St. Paul's church in Marksville. I can't remember how to tell you where it is. Also, watch from The Main Street for a sign to the tourist info building. It is a tiny building but fun to visit.
When you are entering Marksville, the church, tourist info and library are all on the same side as the casino. I think each one is down a different street off of the Main Street.
Enjoy your visit.
If you call the tourist info center, I bet they can mail you a map of the area.

Re: Trip to Avoyelles

Posted: 31 Oct 2013 3:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks! The family was Baptist but I'll definitely check out the tourist center.
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