Creole Heritage Center representative will speak to genealogy group


NATCHITOCHES – Shirley Dunn Chevalier, genealogist at the Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern State University, will speak to the Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Society at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Old Natchitoches Courthouse, 600 Second St.  Chevalier will discuss the genealogy section at the CHC and the resources available there.


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Chevalier and her husband David are natives of the Cane River region of Natchitoches Parish.  After living in California where she worked for AT&T, they returned home to Natchitoches Parish.  Chevalier curates the genealogical collections at the Creole Heritage Center and is secretary of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville.


Together with the late Louise Llorens, Chevalier created a family database that connects families and their history across Louisiana and the United States, including Creole families from Alabama, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Texas, Canada, Australia and several other places.  Their contributions supplement the database already available at the Creole Heritage Center.


The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call (318) 357-2235.