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July 2022

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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



AUGUST 13, 2022
Hybrid Meeting: Program will be offered in-person at STPL’s Causeway Branch in Mandeville and as a virtual broadcast for those at home

History of the German Coast of Louisiana

with Jay Schexnaydre

The “First German Coast,” which was settled by Germans as early as the 1720s, was located in present-day St. Charles Parish of Louisiana, along the west bank of the Mississippi River, between the current communities of Killona and Taft. Over the years, the population grew and the settlement was dispersed along the entire coast on both sides of the Mississippi River and St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parishes collectively became known as the “German Coast.”  This presentation will provide an overview of 300 years of the history of the German Coast in Louisiana, including the European origins of the founding families, their reasons for immigration, and their settlement and migration patterns in South Louisiana. There are more than 1,000,000 descendants of these first German pioneers who settled in Louisiana.    

Jay Schexnaydre is a 10th-generation native of Convent in St. James Parish along the Mississippi River where his ancestors have resided for 300 years. Jay has been serving as president of the German-Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society (GACHGS) since 2016 and the webmaster of that organization since 2002. Jay is also currently serving on the board of the Lafourche Heritage Society. Jay graduated with honors from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Decision Science. He has been actively researching his genealogy since 1996.

DATE:  SATURDAY, August 13, 2022
TIME: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central Time



In-Person Attendance: Causeway Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library Address: 3457 U.S. HWY 190 in Mandeville, 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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