Of Cats and Islands and Cyprus and Presidents and Turkeys


Have you ever heard of a place in Louisiana called Cat Island?  I haven’t. Now where did that name come from? Bobcats maybe? There is a story in there somewhere! You can take a virtual tour of Cat Island from the Louisiana Public Broadcasting website. Cat Island is open year round. While I was watching the video, this shot caught my eye.  Doesn’t it look like a woman standing to the right inside the tree?

President Thomas Jefferson said this about Louisiana on November 14th, 1803. “Of the province of Louisiana, no general map sufficiently correct, to be depended upon has been published, nor has any yet been procured from a private source…..*Louisiana*… appears to have been but imperfectly explored.”

You know that maps of any kind were treasures to be hidden or stolen by pirates and theives. Maps were always safegaurded by navigators.

Cat Island was named on October 27, 2000 as the 526th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Cat Island also hosts the largest Cyprus tree in the Nation.

Other interesting sites visited today include:
Have you read the latest issue by Damon Veach?  Cajuns,Creole, Pirates and Planters has posted a few querys about Louisiana surnames like: Oberlin, Harrington, Saunier, Landry, Wright, LeBlanc, Hayes, and Coon from Nova Scotia to Washington state and Texas.

Louisiana Travel has posted a brief histories of Civil War sites in Louisiana.  Enjoy them here.

I don’t know about ya’ll but……I’m lookin for a good Turkey this year. It’s too bad I dont hunt. But then again, if I did, I’d probably go hungry anyway!  To inject the turkey or not to inject the turkey this year is the question on my mind.


About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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