Presentation at East Bank Regional Library hosts highlights of German Coast Tricentennial Tour to Europe

Published 8:46 am Saturday, March 4, 2023

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JEFFERSON, LA – Jay Schexnaydre, a long-time member of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, will present highlights of the recent German Coast Tricentennial Tour to Europe at 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, at the East Bank Regional Library located at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave in Metairie.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration.

A dozen members of the German-Acadian Coast Historical and GRSNO participated in a pilgrimage as part of the German Coast Tricentennial Tour. The mission of the May 2022 trip was to visit the ancestral homeland of the progenitor ancestors of the 1721 settlers of the Louisiana German Coast (today’s St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes).

The group visited Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Schexnaydre’s presentation will show photographs highlighting the villages visited, and he will remark on the genealogical connections of the various founding colonial families.

Surnames discussed during this presentation: Haydel, Schnarberger, Folse, Laiche, Wolhaus, Leche, Edinger, Marx, Glasser, Heckel, Edelmayer, Hirtzel, Lautermilch, Keime, Hymel, Wiche, Wesele, Schantz, Rome, Altorfer, Steiger, Friderich, Tassin, Troxler, Trosclair, Troxclair, Jacob, Scherle, Mehl, Beenhardt, Bonewirtz, Conrad, Hesse, Debes, Bischof, Cambre, Knobloch, Schaaf, Lambert, Triche, Cretzmann, Ackmerman, Waguespack, Distelzweig, Boyer, Draher, Hauser, Chauffe, Foltzenlogal, Elfer, Widermann, Judice, Ory, Edler, Toups, Hirtzel, Weidler, and Wegeli.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or


The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. The Jefferson Parish Library is the second largest system in the state of Louisiana. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or

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