I'm back from my quickie road trip to Acadia Parish. The focus was on the names Bourgaux and Menou. I threw a bit of Thibodeaux research in there for good measure, but I'll have to mosey on up to Opelousas for the real details on that line.
My dad and my son went with me on this trek. My dad was kind enough to entertain my son while I did research at the Crowley Branch of the Acadia Parish Public Library. They have a nice genealogy room, including a great obit collection developed by wonderful volunteers and some members of the local Pointe de l'Eglise: Acadia Genealogical and Historical Society.
In the afternoons, we went searching the local cemeteries. I was mostly successful but not completely. I will elaborate at a later date.
Of course, when you go to Louisiana, you must sample the local food.
One night we ate at Prejean's in Lafayette.
Another night we ate at Chef Roy's Frog City Cafe in Rayne (Frog Capital of the World, y'all).
On the way home we stopped at Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles. My son and I shared the magic of pistolettes with my dad.
This was a good road trip and research trip. I came away with about 75 copied pages of information which will provide a strong, well-sourced base for me to continue my work on the Bourgaux and Menou lines in the Iota and Rayne areas of Acadia Parish, Louisiana.