Membership and/or address changes:
Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
Meeting time change
Please note the new/old time for the general meeting --- 1:00 p.m. on Saturday I doubt that the May meeting will go down in history as one of the all-time great meetings, but it was fun. Gloria Hicks told about the reunions that she and I have been going to and planning for. She attended the reunion at the college she was graduated from 50 years ago. It was a girls college at the time, so I was the only male at the reunion. I took pictures. Then we attended the Landry reunion in Grand Coteau, where we saw some of our members. We both enjoyed that. It was held as an expansion of a family reunion and in preparation for the CMA reunion in 1999, which will be held on the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau. Y’all come, y’hear? We are also involved in the Gravois CMA reunion to be held in Vacherie (on the river). We are in charge of making the arrangements for a Genealogy Room for that reunion. It sounds like a lot of fun. She had brought a copy of the Gravois book: La Famille Gravois, les Trois Cents Années Passées which her cousin, Roland Gravois, has been working on for the past 13 years. I must say he did a good job. It is a lot more than just genealogy charts. He obtained pictures from the family and spaced them out, using them where they fit in, not just gathered in one little section. If you are working on your own family history, you would do well to look at a copy of this one. It is written interestingly, even if you are not a Gravois descendant. Terrebonne Library is considering its purchase. Also at the meeting, Patty Whitney Gravois asked for help on William Whitney who came from Virginia to Louisiana some time in the early 1800's. She has located him in Avoyelles Parish in 1830, but he dropped out of sight. A son was born in 1825.
We discussed the change of meeting time. Effective June 1, the North Branch of the Terrebonne ParishLibrary will have new hours: Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Therefore, if you are from out of town and would like to use the exceptionally broad genealogy collection at the North Branch, come early, sign the guest register in the Genealogy Department so we can document the use of the collection, and make a day of it. Just don’t get so involved in your research that you forget to attend the meeting. I’m serious, folks. If you prefer the afternoon meeting time, please make a special effort to attend this one. Some were asking to keep the meetings in the morning, but the board decided that more people prefer the 1:00 p.m. time, so let us know by your attendance. Please try not to forget.
René Babineau, a resident of New Brunswick, Canada, died in Opelousas, Louisiana, on Monday, May 11. Mr. Babineau was considered by many as an International Acadian Ambassador because of the annual visits he made from Canada to France and to Louisiana over a 25-year period to research the history of the Acadians, and more specifically, he traced the genealogy of the Babineaux of North America whose line begins in the Poitou region of France with Nicolas Babineau in the early 1600's. According to Mrs. Audrey Babineaux-George of Houma, René Babineau was the single organizer of the movement to unite the Babineaux of France, Canada and Louisiana. Mrs. George stated that Mr. Babineau, who worked tirelessly to promote the history, language, culture and goodwill among French-Acadians around the world, will be remembered by many. Mr. Babineau is survived by two sisters of New Brunswick, Canada: Anne Babineaux Richard and Aline Babineaux Richard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fidele Babineau and Mary Jane Richard Babineau.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to longtime member Mary Carrol Lapeyrouse of Bourg, LA, upon the death of her husband, Elray Joseph Lapeyrouse, on Sunday, 31 May 1998. He is also survived by one son, Christopher C. Lapeyrouse, daughters Nichol L. Ledet, and Joan L. Lima, three brothers, one sister and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Josephine L. Lapeyrouse, and two brothers. He was a graduate of Nicholls State University, the co-founder of United Diesel, Inc., and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
If you have quarterlies stacking up at your house, please consider donating them back to the society for resale. There is always a demand for back issues.
From now on, when a new publication is advertised for pre-publication orders, that will be your last chance to obtain a hard-bound copy. When wepublish, we will produce only the hard-bound copies that we have orders for. All the rest will be soft covers. We cannot tie up our funds in holding a large stock of hard-bound books in case we get orders for them. I’m sure you can see the economics of this move.
We received an offer for publication of your family line queries, reunion notices, genealogical or historical society meeting announcements, etc. from the St. Tammany Parish newspaper The News Banner. Many of the subscribers are from St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish and Orleans Parish, and the columnist is also on the internet. If you are interested, mail any information to the following address: Erin Wallace Mangiapane, c/o The News Banner, P.O.Box 90, Covington, LA 70434, or phone (504) 892-7980. Her URL is http://www.tamnet.com/leisure/genealogy/and you mail e-mail her at <email@example.com>.
I received an e-mail message that may be of interest to those with a STEVENS connection. Brian Stevens of Dallas, TX, says he has published his Stevens genealogy research on the Web. If you are interested in the surname Stevens and associated family from the Terrebonne area, you may visit his home page at http://www.geocities.com/~bastevens/. He signs with his full address: Brian A. Stevens, Aspect Development, Inc., 14001 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75240, South Central District Manager, (972) 663-8443 (voice).
The American-Canadian Genealogical Society is holding their 25th Anniversary Conference in Man-chester, NH, this September. There are events from Thursday, Sept. 24, but most of the sessions are scheduled for Saturday, the 25th. Write to the ACGS, P.O.Box 6478-c, Manchester, NH 03108-6478. For reservations, call (603) 622-3766.
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