OCTOBER 29, 2022
Hybrid Meeting: Program will be offered in-person at the St. Tammany Parish Library's Madisonville Branch and as a virtual broadcast for those at home

Custodian of Louisiana's History:

The Louisiana State Archives

with Bill Stafford

As the custodian of the Louisiana State governmental records, the Louisiana State Archives houses hundreds of cubic feet of documents that pertain to the ancestors of the State’s current and former citizens.  The speaker, Bill Stafford, will describe the mission of the State Archives and provide information on how the State Archives obtains historical records and other items.  Additionally he will describe the collections which have genealogical content and how to access these collections.

For over 20 years, Bill Stafford has served as the Reference Services Supervisor of the Louisiana State Archives.  In this position he has assisted numerous authors with their historical and genealogical research and has been credited for this assistance in several historical documentaries and television programs such as the “History Detectives,” “Injustice Files,” and  “Dead Files.”  Born in Louisiana, Bill’s early years were spent in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.  At age four, Bill’s family moved to Baton Rouge.  In 1987, he graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Bill Stafford’s love of Louisiana history and genealogical research has been a driving force in his dedication to his office and the state of Louisiana.  Mr. Stafford and his staff are dedicated to providing better access to the Louisiana State Archives holdings by offering web accessible databases and by developing and improving research finding aids. They also promote public awareness of the Archives’ holdings throughout Louisiana via in active outreach program.  

DATE:  SATURDAY, October 29, 2022
TIME: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central Time



In-Person Attendance: Madsonville Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library

Address: 1123 Main St., Madisonville, LA

At Home Viewing: St. Tammany Parish Library Live Broadcast via Zoom


You must register for this program on the St. Tammany Parish Library’s event calendar whether you plan to attend in-person or view from home.

To Attend the In-Person Meeting: The program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited to adults and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Meet-and-Greet of the St. Tammany Genealogical Society (STGS) will precede the presentation and will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m.   

To View from Home: Write down the meeting ID and password from the original registration confirmation email or from the duplicate “reminder” confirmation email that you will receive on the morning of the presentation.  To view the live program, click on the link in the confirmation email and enter the meeting ID and password.  The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m.  It is “live only” and will not be recorded. We recommend that you login at least 10 minutes before the start of the program.

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Hybrid: In Person & ONLINE!

STGS Board Members for 2022 - 2024

President: Marguerite Scully
Treasurer: Dick Boever 
Recording Secretary/Archivist: Sharon Webb
Corresponding Secretary: Sheila Delacroix
Board Member-at-Large: Cindy Rathke