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Evangeline Parish, La.


Jo Branch <bjcb.xx ATgmail.com> is the Parish Coordinator
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Evangeline Par. Files and Links
What's for the LAGenWeb Evangeline Par. site? updated 20 Oct 2012
Cemeteries & Cemetery Links
Cemeteries and Individual Gravesites
Index to Cemetery External Links by Surname
Cemetery and Gravestone Information
Map of LA parishes
World War II - Missing and Dead
Korean War - Fatal Casualties
Vietnam War - Fatal Casualties

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Dates ~ Details 2013

3/11 - 3/13 Hattiesburg, MS (B-17, B-24 & P-51)
Airport: Hattiesburg Municipal Airport
Location: Southeast Aviation
3/13 - 3/15 Alexandria, LA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)
Airport: Alexandria Intl. Airport
Location: Million Air
3/15 - 3/17 Tyler, TX (B-17, B-24, P-51 & Huey)
Airport: Tyler Regional Airport
Location: Historic Aviation Memorial

Location: Atlantic Aviation
Ville Platte Gazette



Books for sale

Family Pages of Evangeline Parish
Visit the Evangeline Genealogical and Historical Society Website! Find out when the next meeting will be!
A Catholic Cajun Family - Formerly located on Geocites, this site is no longer available. Do you know where it is now? Please let me know so I can relink to it.

Neighboring Parishes

The parish was created out of lands formerly belonging to St. Landry Parish in 1910. The area was originally settled by French, German, Spanish and Scots-Irish people. The majority were French, former soldiers from Fort Toulouse, and generations born there were originally called Creoles. The major families were Fontenot, LaToure, Guillory, Lafleur, and Brignac. The Creoles developed a culture that was a mixture of all the ethnic groups living in the area. A few Acadians settled the area, but outsiders mistakenly labeled all the white French people as Cajuns.

The parish was named Evangeline in honor of the Acadian people who lived further south; their history had been commemorated in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's narrative poem, Evangeline. Evangeline Parish was immortalized in the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927", in which he described the Great Mississippi Flood which covered it with six feet of water.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangeline_Parish,_Louisiana


In 1890, there were almost no roads and few bridges causing the distance 
of 30-40 miles to the parish seat of Opelousas, St. Landry Parish,
a hardship for many people to travel to pay their taxes, attend court, etc. 
Talk began of forming a new parish from St. Landry. 
In 1908, one of the political issues was the formation of a new parish. Y. L. (Yves Leon) Fontenot, from Ville Platte, LA, introduced a bill  requesting the formation of this new parish.  This new bill passed the house and on  January 1, 1911 the new parish was created from St. Landry Parish.


The parish seat is Ville Platte, which means "Flat Town" in French. 

Ville Platte was founded by Major Marcellin Garand,  a veteran of Napoleon's Army who established a tavern  for thirsty travelers headed for Natchitoches  along the old Camino Real ("Royal Road"),  also known as the Spanish Trail. 

Ville Platte has been officially designated by the Louisiana Legislature
as the "Swamp Pop Capital of the World". This is in recognition of the town's long, rich history of developing swamp pop music including artists such as  the Boogie Kings, Rod Bernard, Tommy McLain, Joe Barry, Jivin Gene, Johnnie Allan, and Warren Storm.

Note: Thank you to Winston Kriger, grandson of Y. L. Fontenot, for providing Mr. Fontenot's full given name and catching the typo in this article.


Michigan Library: offer scanned copies of books, directories, genealogies, etc. on their website for anyone to view. These books are not all necessarily for MI.


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