The Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association will hold an
Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in which the public will
be greeted and shown what the NGHA has to offer. Light refreshments will
During the Open House Mayor Lee Posey will issue a proclamation
declaring June 4, 2016, as Genealogical Day in the city of Natchitoches.
The association is located in the Old Courthouse Building at 600 Second
Street, corner of Church Street. It recently moved its library from the
second to the first floor of the building, making it more accessible to
visitors and genealogy researchers.
The library offers hundreds of records and books on genealogy, as well
as computer access to even more records. The library’s regular hours for
visitors are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.
The Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Society was organized in
1973 and held its first meeting in the Student Union Building on the NSU
campus. Lucile M. Hendrick was the first president. At that time the
objectives of the society were stated as collecting, preserving and making
available genealogical and historical materials for use to the public, to
promote interest in research in those fields and to assist people in
tracing their genealogies.
Those objectives remain the same today. However, the organization
later changed its name to the Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical
NGHA moved into the second floor of the Old Courthouse Building in May,
1988, where it had remained until its recent move downstairs to the first
Elvin Shields is the current, and 27th president of the NGHA, now in
its 43rd year. NGHA is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization.