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Terrebonne Genealogical Society 
TGS Newsletter 
April 1998 
Vol. 17 No. 2 April, 1998        Visit our home page at Newsletter Editor Ed Hicks, 5306 Hwy.. 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033
E-mail:                 Phone: (504) 532-3586

Membership and/or address changes:
Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

NEXT MEETING Saturday, April 25, 1998

North Branch Library, Gray, LA 10:00 a.m.



We will start at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 23, 1998 at the

North Branch Library in Gray, La. We had a good turnout for the March meeting. Dorotha Horvath conducted the installation of the "new" slate of officers. She made sure we understood our duties and were prepared to carry them out. Aubrey LeBlanc told us about the wonderful things you can do with a scanner and ink jet or laser printer. Quite a few of us are still using our dot-matrix printers which seem to keep going and going. So how can we convince our financial department (read "spouse") that we really need a new printer when the old one won’t give up? But you should have seen the results Aubrey got with some old family snapshots, a simple inexpensive scanner and a good printer! We all know that these family pictures need to be preserved. With a scanner they can be preserved digitally on a disk. Many genealogy software programs on the market today will help you create a virtual family album complete with pictures and captions showing relationships within a family. Be sure to attend the April meeting, if you can. Some changes have been proposed for the TGS Constitution.


The news of Bernice Dugas Abadie’s death truly saddened those of us who were accustomed to seeing her at our monthly meetings. She will be missed by her family and friends. Besides her husband, Albert J. Abadie, Sr., she is survived by her sons, Albert, Jr. and John, and daughter, Diane A. Kiese. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugenie Boudreaux and Henry Dugas. She was the sister of Alvin, Cameron, Henry, and Rudy Dugas, Dorothy Hunter, Eldred Gomez and Janel Clement. She had three grandchildren.


Ms. Enola Theriot was at the last meeting, but notified us of the upcoming surgery on the other knee. It seems it will have to be replaced, too. We will be praying for you, Enola.

And we are sending up some "Thank you" prayers for Enola Dupre Ponville who is now able to walk without pain. We are looking forward to seeing you at the meetings, now.


Peggy Carruthers at the Jefferson Parish Library(Acquisitions Dept.) is trying to find copies of two of our publications which are now out of print. Cemeteries of Lower Terrebonne and Generations: Past to Present, Volume 1. If you know of someone who has one or both of these books, please let Peggy know. She can be reached at (504) 838-1137, or by mail at 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001-2310.

We have been in contact with Cecil Jones from Susanville, CA, who is researching the Part family. In particular, the ancestry of Blanche Seraphine Part Dawson, his wife’s grandmother, who is living at the present time in St. Francisville. She has been told she is descended from the Pierre Part for whom the town of Pierre Part was named. He is corresponding with a person in Pierre Part, La., who told him that the said Pierre Part was in the military under the command of a man named Verret when he discovered Lake Verret. Mr. Jones would like to know which military? Can you help? All he gave us was an e-mail address: <>. However, if you write to me at the society address, above, I will see to it that he gets your reply.

Nancy Wright, our treasurer, asked me to notify the members of a bible she located at a used bookstore in Maryland. The bible belonged to Hilary Cenas of New Orleans, and it would cost $60.00, including shipping and handling. If you know of someone interested, ask them to contact Nancy at the society address, above.


Coming up next month (May 30 & 31) is the 29th Annual Jamboree of The Southern California Genealogical Society in Pasadena, California. The brochure they sent to us was aimed at exhibitors, so it did not mention who were the speakers, but it said that, besides speakers they would have beginner’s classes and exhibits relating to every aspect of genealogical research. You may write the Society at 417 Irving Dr., Burbank, CA 91504, or phone (818) 843-7247.

The Twelfth Annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium sounds very interesting to us Southerners. One of the talks is entitled "How the Confederacy Could Have Won." The speaker is Charles Roland of the University of Kentucky. The symposium is mostly history, but we who are interested in genealogy must admit that knowing our history helps us to know our ancestry. Ten guest speakers are listed, as well as a full schedule of the talks and social events. For further information write Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, Southeastern Louisiana University, SLU 590, Hammond, LA 70402. Prices go up if you register after May 13, 1998.

We put this one under "Seminars," but it is really an institute with six courses in American genealogy, consisting of six days of classes from 9:00 to 4:00. Called the Institute of Genealogical Studies, it is being held in Dallas Texas,from July 26 through Friday, July 31. You can see the full daily schedule at <> or get your questions answered by calling (214) 341-5166, or Fax: (214) 341-3963, e-mail: . Don’t delay. Registration fees increase after May 1, 1998. You may want the address: P.O.Box 25556, Dallas, TX 75225.

If you are in the mood for a celebration, you can go to Manchester, New Hampshire, for the long weekend of September 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1998. They have walking tours, research in several libraries, a soirée Friday evening with a sing-along, workshops, vendors, and an awards banquet on Saturday evening. The American-Canadian Genealogical Society is celebrating its 25th birthday. They say that a registration form will be included in the next issue of the American-Canadian Genealogist or you may contact them at P.O.Box 6478, Manchester, NH 03108-6478. Phone (603) 622-1554, e-mail Pauline Cusson <> or Richard Fortin <


Several of our members have received their application form for membership in the "Breaux du Monde" Reunion on August 6th - 8th, 1999, in Breaux Bridge ("Where else?" you may ask). If you have that line, including any of the variations in spelling, you really should get an application blank from Mrs. E. B. Bonin, 108 Washitta Rd., Lafayette, LA 70501-7756. It seems one of the first to carry the name was Vincent Brault. Since then there have been descendants by the name of Brau, Braud, Breau, Breaud, Breault, Bro, Brot, Brow, and Brough.

On July 30-31, 1999, the Grand Reunion of the Bourgeois Family will be held on Laura Plantation in Vacherie (on the river). According to Norman Marmillion, the Acadian Bourgeois family of Louisiana descends from one man, Jacques, a native of Coutrans, France, who immigrated to Acadie in 1642. Two groups of his great-grandchildren arrived in New Orleans in the first wave of Louisiana’s Acadian immigrants, and were given land on the east bank of St. James Parish. For more information, write N. Marmillion, Laura Plantation, 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090, Tele/FAX (504) 265-7690.

We hope to see you at the April reunion of the Landry family on Sunday, April 19, 1998, which is being held to get ready for Congrès Mondial 1999. THAT reunion will be held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, August 13-15, 1999. Of course, by the time you read this you will either have gone or you missed it. If you have the Landry line in your ancestry (who doesn’t?) you may want to contact Donald J. Landry, 6512 Schouest St., Metairie, LA 70003, so you will get the notices in time to attend.

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