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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 24 No. 10 January 2006

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks at
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Main Branch Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.
Please HELP!
     We will be collating the Fall quarterly on Thursday, January 26, 2006, at 12:00 noon at the North Branch Library in Gray, LA, and we need your help if you can possibly make it.
HAPPY 2006 from the officers and board members of Terrebonne Genealogical Society. Are you glad that 2005 is over? I am, and there are plenty of people like me. OK, we don’t expect the terrible events of last year to repeat, but let’s not let the media convince us that it is all over and we can forget about the devastation that happened to the Gulf Coast. If you can’t help directly by volunteering your man/woman-power to the rebuilding effort, you may want to consider donations to organizations you trust. May I suggest one? You may already be familiar with Habitat for Humanity. They do a lot of good in helping people all over America own their own home. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 homes around the world.  By the end of 2005, more than 1 million people worldwide will live in decent, affordable Habitat for Humanity houses. Since Katrina, Habitat has stepped in to help low-income families to rebuild in all the areas affected. You can read a lot more about it at What about us fixed-income people who can’t afford to add another well-deserved charity to an already long list? Do you know anyone who throws away their aluminum cans? Did you know that they are worth money when you recycle them? It takes a lot of energy to produce the amount of aluminum in one can. In fact, someone figured out that tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can's volume of gasoline. We all know someone who has saved enough aluminum cans to go to Europe or Hawaii. Aren’t all cans already being recycled? NO! Currently two out of three cans consumed in the U.S. are recycled - let's make it three out of three! Find out more about the possibilities open to those who want to recycle cans for Habitat for Humanity. Look up and you will find more information than you ever thought was possible.
     Our sympathies go out to member Marcie ST. GERMAIN THIBODEAUX and her husband, Craig THIBODEAUX in the death of Marcie’s father, Eves Francais ST. GERMAIN. He was a retired carpenter and a resident of Paincourtville, survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie Louise “Mary” DAIGLE ST. GERMAIN. He is also survived by his son, Floyd “Buckwheat” and wife Josephine ST. GERMAIN, four daughters and sons-in-law, Gerry and Bernie MALONE, Lois and Rogers “Rock” OLIVER, Sr., Gail and Davis BLANCHARD and Marcy and Craig THIBODEAUX, two brothers, Reno ST. GERMAIN and Ervin ‘LuLu” ST. GERMAIN. Three sisters-in-law, Wilma DAIGLE, Daisy BOUDREAUX and Zara GOMEZ; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emile H. and Sophie SIMONEAUX ST. GERMAIN.
     We are saddened to report the death of charter member Lee Joseph VERRET, beloved husband of Celine BOUDREAUX VERRET, who at one time was also a valued member of our society. Lee was a sugar-cane farmer for more than 60 years and a resident of Plattenville. He is also survived by daughter Rose Marie JENNINGS; brothers Leze and James VERRET, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry VERRET and Marie LEZE VERRET, and brother Henry VERRET.
     Another formerly active member is being mourned by her friends and family: Barbara SANCHEZ HECK, native of New Orleans, longtime resident of Thibodaux, and a current resident of Baton Rouge. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, teacher, community volunteer, homemaker and a past employee of the East Baton Rouge Office of Emergency Preparedness. She is survived by nine loving sons and daughters, Dr. Herman A. HECK Jr., Frederick K. HECK, Barbara H. GUTHRIE, Katherine H. KRIEG, Dr. Michael J. HECK, Rosalind H. GRANT, Albert S. HECK, Dr. Madeleine C. HECK, and Mary H. BARRIOS and their spouses, Joanie HECK, Marion HECK, Robert KRIEG, Beth HECK, Greg GRANT, Cleo HECK and Michael BARRIOS. She also leaves 17 grandchildren and a great-grandchild to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert F. and Olga R. SANCHEZ; brothers, Albert F. SANCHEZ Jr. and James R. SANCHEZ Sr.; and her beloved husband of 45 years, Col. Herman A. HECK Sr.
     There is at least one opening for a board member for our society. This would be a good job for you if you are curious to see what goes on behind the scenes, so to speak. Of course, any member of the society can attend the board meetings, but, being a board member means you can vote and express your opinion. You can also suggest ways to improve the society. So, if you think you would like to try it, a good idea would be to attend the January meeting and give your name to the nominating committee. They need to make their report at the February meeting, when the election will be held. Nominating committee members are: Dorothy M. BERGERON, Marcie L. CAVALIER and Gloria G. HICKS.  What do you have to lose?
     Please help us contact our members and get their new addresses. The last time we mailed quarterlies, some were returned. Scott PICOU and William PREGEANT, we have your new address, but we need to have $2.00 postage to re-mail your quarterly. Louise GATES, Fred GAST and Kevin HERRIDGE, your quarterlies were returned with no indication of your new addresses. I don’t even know if this is reaching you. I’m hoping some of our straying members think of looking on the Internet to catch up on the news. Our newsletter is reproduced there more quickly than we can print it and mail it to you. Try it.
     Audrey B. WESTERMAN, our esteemed publisher and editor of our quarterly asked me to please warn our members that there are some people who go on the Internet and, purposely or not, mislead genealogists by including information on their websites which cannot possibly be correct. She gives as an example the case of Bernard MORVANT and his stated grandfather who, it turns out, is 4 years YOUNGER than Bernard. She found one case where a 300 year old man was the groom in a marriage. She mentions that she has not found the parents of Bernard MORVANT, so if you can help her, please write her care of the address at the top of this newsletter. But, she also says that several people have picked up incorrect information stating that he was born in Ouachita District (or Parish), and he was not; his son Michel was born there.
Audrey says that if there is no source citation to disregard the information and if there is a source, check it out for yourself.

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