Gayle Breaux Smith was born in the heart of Cajun country. Her Cajun roots include immediate ancestors with surnames such as Breaux, Dugas, Bourgeois, Boudreaux, and Leblanc. She has traveled to France in search of Vincent Brault’s ancestral roots. South of Boston, MA, she visited areas where the Breaux family was forced into exile until her ancestor, Firmin, subsequently settled in the area currently known as Breaux Bridge, LA. Gayle’s talk “Footsteps in Time” recounts her travels tracing the “footsteps” of her Breaux ancestors. She is passionate about sharing these stories. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Blues Room, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Martin Guidry, retired research chemist from E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. after a 27-year career, is from Louisiana and has studied the genealogy and history of the Acadians for over 40 years as an avocation.  His work focuses on the culture, language, history and genealogy of the Acadian people from the early 1600s to the present.  Marty was President of the Board of Directors of the Acadian Memorial Foundation in St. Martinville, Louisiana and continues to serve as a member of the Board. He is President of Les Guédry d’Asteur – the North American association of the Guédry family. Marty has published numerous articles on Acadian history and genealogy, has presented seminars on the subject as well as conducted genealogical workshops. He will present a discussion on genealogy from 1741 to 1825.Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Blues Room, 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Claire Bettag, CG, FUGA, Louisiana native and certified professional genealogist in Washington D.C. researches French and Acadian family history. Since 1997, she has researched in Louisiana, Europe, and Washington, and has lectured at national and regional conferences and institutes. A contributing author to Professional Genealogy, she has also published in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyAPG QuarterlyThe Louisiana Genealogical Register, and elsewhere. She has served as the director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives and on the boards of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Blues Room, 10:00 am to 12:00pm

Genealogy 101 is a short presentation on how to get started with finding not only the names, birthdates, marriages of your ancestors but the wonderful and sometimes tragic stories that go along with those ancestors. John was a professor at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA for 33 years and has been retired for 14 years. He is president of the Hebert Association in Louisiana. Kathy was the Director of Business Services for the Ascension Parish School System in Louisiana and has been retired for 5 years. Kathy has been dabbling in genealogy for about 30 years. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Blues Room, 3:30 pm to 4:00pm