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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
January 1999

Vol. 17 No. 10 Jan., 1999      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, Jan. 30, 1999

North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

NOTE: Quarterly Collating Thurs. may be postponed.  Check with someone to see if the pages are ready (Audrey's press was in need of repairs).

Jan. 28, 1999, 12:30 p.m.Everyone had a good time at the December meeting. We had too much to eat, of course, so if you missed because you had forgotten to bake those cookies, I wish you had come, anyway. If more people had been there, maybe I wouldn't have felt obliged to eat so much. (If you believe that, ...) We voted to dispense with a lot of the business items so that we could get down to the serious business of having fun. When it came to Dorotha Horvath's turn to speak, she expressed a wish for next Christmas that we could start on before then. She wished the members would submit some of their Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts so that she could put them in a "Family History Collection" for the Genealogy Department at the North Branch Library. She said she could use it in helping fledgling genealogists get started. And if you have been thinking about publishing your Family History "... when you finish it." Well, this doesn't have to be the finished product. Call it a "rough draft," if you want. Call Dorotha at the Library any Monday or Tuesday (504-868-3050) and discuss it with her. Make her wish come true. A lot of people would appreciate it.


Dorotha has arranged for Jolene Adams, Curator/Director of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, LA to give a presentation of Ensemble Encore ("Together Again"), the Acadian Memorial Multimedia Archive. The presentation will be offered at 10:00 a.m., and again at 2:00 p.m. (at our meeting). The archive makes the results of scholarly research on Louisiana's early Acadians widely available for the first time. You won't want to miss it!


Do you get Louisiana Roots? Very helpful publication, and it's free. They published the following article about former member Albert Robichaux:

"Louisiana author Albert Robichaux has won the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award for 1998. This honor was awarded by the American Society of Genealogists for his noted book entitled German Coast Families: European Origins and Settlement in Colonial Louisiana. The book was published by Father Donald Hebert. This is the most coveted award for which any genealogist in America could wish, according to Winston DeVille, who is a distinguished member of the Fellow of American Society of Genealogists. It is believed that Robichaux is the only Louisiana genealogist/author to have received the award."

Louisiana Roots is published every other month. Send your name and address to Louisiana Roots Subscription Department, P. O. Box 383, Marksville, LA 71351 to start getting your own copy.


Joyce Naquin Chauvin, sister-in-law of Society President Phil Chauvin, Jr., died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999. She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Chauvin Sr. of Houma; three sons, Robert "Bobby" and Kenneth Chauvin, both of Houma, and Keith Chauvin of Georgia; one daughter, Mrs. James (Regina) Linn of Houma; one brother, two sisters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry A. And Bertha Fanguy Naquin.

We received a brief note from Father Donald Hebert last month, notifying us of the death of Fr. Clarence J. d'Entremont, author of several works on Acadian families in Nova Scotia.


It is time to check your mailing label on this newsletter. If it has "1999" printed on the upper right, you are good for another year. If there is no date mentioned, you need to send us a check. Why? One of our members from Fairfield, CA, says "Best investment I make! Thanks!"

Now listen up. I know many of you are in the habit of writing a check for the same amount that it has been for many, many years. However, it is 1999, and thedues were changed a couple of years ago (in late '97). For an Individual membership, it is $25.00. If you want to contribute a little extra, you can become a Contributing Member for $30.00. (Thank you for that.) A Family Membership is $30.00, also. Libraries pay only $22.00, but their use of our services is limited. Now, if you like bargains, figure out how much you may save if you become a Life Member for $250.00. Please take care of this soon.


A couple of our members have been under the weather, lately, but we hope this finds them doing better. Dot Smith, one of our board members, was in the hospital for surgery following a heart attack, but is home now so if you want to call and wish her well, or send a card, you may do so, now. Wilma Boudreaux was diagnosed with pneumonia, but was not hospitalized. We used to call this "walking pneumonia," I believe. Not a fun thing to have, I can assure you. She would appreciate your letter or phone call, I'm sure.

One of our generous Franklin members, Margie Luke, recently donated some Georgia Census Records on Microfilm to the Terrebonne Parish Library. If you have forebears from Georgia, you will want to check out the tapes and our Microfilm Reader/Printer at the North Branch Library. The years covered are 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1870 -- selected counties. Thanks a million.

Thomas Marks, D.D.S., of San Antonio sent two volumes of The Journal of German Texas Heritage Society and five volumes plus two issues of Our Heritage (San Antonio Genealogical Society). Mil gracias, Dr. Marks. Should I say "Dankeschoen?"

N. G. S.

If you have considered joining the National Genealogical Society, we have brochures and application blanks. Pick one up at the meeting or write me at the address above. Their "1999 Conference in the States" will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on 12-15 May 1999. It sounds like a good deal.


For Civil War buffs: the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States announces an expansion of its Confederate Records Burial Database located on its Web site at The Center is located in Morgan City. Call (504)380-4650 for more info.

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