Jari C. Honora, a Certified Genealogist®, is a New Orleans native and proud Louisiana Creole with roots dating back more than two centuries along Bayou Lafourche and the German-Acadian Coast. He is a graduate of St. Augustine High School and Tulane University. He works as a Reference Associate in the Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection. He previously worked for Le Musée de f.p.c. and taught in local charter schools. He also does historical and genealogical research professionally, including the TV programs “Finding Your Roots” “We’ll Meet Again,” and the Georgetown Memory Project. He has presented at numerous historical and genealogical conferences including the International Black Genealogy Summit; American Educational Research Association; Southern Historical Society; Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS); and the Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. As one of four contributors to the CreoleGen blog, he regularly shares research findings on Louisiana Creole people and institutions.

Historical & Genealogical Associations:

Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans

Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane

German-Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society

Louisiana Historical Society

Louisiana Historical Association

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS).

Hereditary Societies:

Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (first predominantly Black hereditary society)

Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Louisiana

Fraternal Orders & Church/Community Organizations:

4th Degree Knight of Peter Claver (Past State & National Officer)

4th Degree Knight of Columbus (Financial Secretary)

Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World (State Secretary)

Association of St. Augustine Alumni – New Orleans, Inc. (Founding member; former Secretary and President)

Holy Name Society of St. Katharine Drexel Parish

National Council of Negro Women – Charles L. Franklin Associates – Life Member


“Pierre Caliste Landry,” Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Higginbotham, eds., African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008).

“Homer Adolph Plessy,” and “Ernest ‘Dutch’ Morial,” William D. Reeves, ed., Notable New Orleanians: A Tricentennial Tribute (New Orleans: Louisiana Historical Society, 2018).

“A Vermont Engineer and a Free Woman of Color in Louisiana Sugar Country – The Paternity of Laura (Brown) Doley (1846-1928): A George Soule Line,” Mayflower Descendant 68:2 (Summer 2020).

The words Certified Genealogist and its acronym, CG, are registered certification marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations.