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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
May 1999

Vol. 18 No. 3 May, 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, May 29, 1999

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

Please Help!!!

We will be collating the quarterly beginning at noon on Thursday, May 27, 1999. We need everyone's help.At the April meeting, our secretary, Sheila Rodrigue, gave us a good account of her successes in using the new experimental web-site for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon church). They are well known for their extensive collection of genealogical data, so this site has been eagerly expected for some time. Sheila filled some large holes in her family tree by using their Ancestral File which is now on line. She explained that one must still check sources and look for evidence, but it does provide a good starting place. The International Genealogical Index, or IGI, leads one to primary sources and is valuable for that reason, she said. If you would like to experience it, yourself, go to <> and see for yourself. It is great, even if it has the following warning: "Due to test requirements, the site may be unavailable at times or experience periods of slow response."

We have arranged for Christopher G. Peña, the author of Touched By War; Battles Fought In The Lafourche District to come to the May meeting to discuss his book. Try not to miss it if your interest is in the Civil War, or if you have ancestors who were touched by it -- especially in the surrounding area. A quote from the book jacket: "In this thoroughly researched and authoritative study, Christopher Peña examines for the first time the role of the state militia of Southeast Louisiana during the war."


Members Alice Roddy Lirette and Terry Joseph Lirette are pleased to announce the birth of theirgrandson, Holden Matthew Lirette. He was born on 6 May 1999, weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. He is 20.5 inches tall. His proud parents are Mark James Liretteand Stacie Ann McElroy. He joins a sister Heather Nicole Lirette who is 6 years old. His maternal grandparents are Judy Colwart and Earl McElroy, Jr.

Board member Wade Usé and his wife Leah LeCompte Usé proudly announce the birth of grandson Ross Wade Quinn. Born 15 April 1999 at Lakeside Hospital in New Orleans, he weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces at that time. He joins big brother Patrick at the household of Gail Usé and Andrew Quinn.


We were saddened to learn of the death of the father of member Aubrey LeBlanc, Jr., of Metairie. Aubrey LeBlanc, Sr. of Marrero died Wednesday, 14 April 1999. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stella Adams and Thomas LeBlanc, and brothers Gillis, Elsner, Ivy, Jessie, Norbert and Fred. Survivors include his wife, Lois Falcon LeBlanc, daughters Kathleen Bailey, Cynthia Galey, Nancy Roberts and Gail Boudreaux, and sons Robert and Aubrey, Jr., as well as sisters Bessie Ruscetski, Lorine Labauve, Rita Mae Theriot, Elvira Chaisson, and Ursula Dubreuil, and brothers Dudley LeBlanc and James LeBlanc. He had 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Every year we offer a series of "Newspaper Deaths" books for special orders. A few individuals and libraries order these books for research. Recent issues do not appear in our list of books on hand, and must be ordered and paid for before publication. This year they will be printed at the end of May. They are the 1998 Houma Courier Deaths, 1998 Comet Deaths, Engagement and Births, and the 1998 Houma Courier Engagements and Marriages. All orders must be paid for before May 31. Price to be determined.

This year we will be printing an Index to Newspaper Deaths 1981-1998 on July 1. As above, this is a special printing and orders must be paid for ahead of printing. Write to the society at the address in the heading on page 1, or call our Corresponding Secretary Jess Bergeron (no collect calls, please).

If you ordered a copy of the 1880 census of Lafourche as a pre-publication order, you should have received it by now. If not, please let Jess know as soon as possible. See the heading for his address.


If you have Duplantis in your line, or if someone married a Duplantis, you may be interested in a recent publication offered by the author, Lois Hebert Luke. It is titled Duplantis Legacy and is 182 pages long, withmore than 250 family photos. This hardcover book costs $40.00 plus $3.30 LA tax and $3.00 shipping and handling. Only Louisiana residents are required to pay the tax. The author has about 200 books left. You may contact her at 4425 Grace St., Bourg, LA 70343, or call (504) 594-2049 (no collect calls, please).

If you have been waiting until you could get a complete set of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records (v. 1-12, 1718-1817) or the Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records (v. 1-18, 1707-1891) or even South Louisiana Records (Lafourche-Terrebonne) by Rev. Donald J. Hebert (v. 1-12, 1794-1903 + Supplement), wait no longer. Act NOW. I have a feeling this opportunity is not going to be available forever. If you are interested, or just have questions, feel free to contact Wayne P. Oncale, 116 Robert Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107-4535, phone (815) 397-8435 (no collect calls, please). Or e-mail him at <> Please note, these are to be sold as sets, only, not individually.


The Beadle Family Reunion will be held on 5 June 1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the B.A.S.F. Park in Gonzales, LA. The park is located one mile south of I-10 on Hwy 30 (Exit 177). Besides your own food and drinks, please bring old photos and other items of family interest. Jambalaya will be served to all, and barbecue facilities will be available. Contact Frank W. Beadle if you are interested. (504) 536-3408.

Several people have inquired about the Girouard family reunion. There will be a reunion of the descendants of Eutile Girouard on Sunday, 6 June 1999 at the home of Louise Hebert and Ron & Diane Brown, on the old home property. The location is off LA State Hwy 92, approximately 6 miles south of Hwy 167 and less than a mile north of Hwy 700 in the rural Vermillion Parish village of Indian Bayou. If you need more information call (318) 893-5324. I got my information from Rachelle Brown whose e-mail address is <>

Brian Quick, 30620 Blueberry Ridge Dr., Bulverde, TX 78163, is trying to locate Mary Jane Siracusa, who organized the Giroir reunion at Morgan City in 1993 and was supposed to be the contact person for the CMA reunion of the Giroir/Girouard family. Brian is also interested in Bill Giroir's book. If anyone can help him, he would appreciate it, I'm sure.

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