The Edward Livingston Historical Association met at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library System on Oct. 20.
The guest speaker was Bernice Alexander Bennett, a Livingston Parish native living in Washington D.C. and a noted genealogist. The topic she chose to discuss was “Without a hint, there is no story.”
Mrs. Bennett emphasized that even a casual remark can to to a journey to research. Why do our families research history? It gives us an opportunity to structure your research journey and to prove or disprove a theory. Is the hint a family secret or can the hint be connected to a bigger story?
Rebecca Watson Mitchell was Mrs. Bernice’s grandmother. He mother was Rebecca Young Clark who married Peter Clark in 1874, but who Peter Clark was is the topic of her recent research.
Bernice’s advice to researchers is to write down whatever your thoughts are. Formulate a research plan, and don’t discount anything until you prove the hint. And always document your research.
A social time with refreshments followed the presentation.
The next meeting for the Edward Livingston Historical Association will be Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch in Livingston with WWII reenactors Charlotte and Robert Reynolds serving as guest speakers. They’ll be presenting the story of a veteran.
The annual December luncheon meeting will be Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Duke’s Restaurant in Watson with a mystery guest. The public is invited.