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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 18 No. 9 December 1999

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Newsletter Editor Ed Hicks, 5306 Hwy.. 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033
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Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

NEXT MEETING Saturday, December 11, 1999
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

It looked for a time, there, as if the Halloween goblins were out to get our speaker for the October meeting, which was held on the 30th day of that month. First it was the Hale Boggs bridge on I-310 at Luling. The highway department was working on the span, so it was closed to all traffic that day. Then a wreck on U.S. Highway 90 from New Orleans held up traffic for a few hours, so our speaker, who was coming from Mississippi, was quite late. Like most genealogists, though, he and his lovely wife don't know the meaning of "give up." So we did not miss a bit of the most interesting talk about his experiences in writing a book on his family name: Richoux. A good many of our members were there to enjoy it. I hope we have as good a showing for our next meeting. It will be our yearly Christmas Social, so please do a little extra. Wrap up at least one little gift which is suitable for a door prize, and, if you can, make (or pick up at the "marketplace") something good for the "goodies" table. You'll be glad you did. It always helps me enjoy a party if I'm involved in some way. In regards to my comment about the highways between here and New Orleans, the southbound lanes of the Hale Boggs bridge are open, and the northbound lanes are supposed to be finished by the time of our party, so you can't use that as an excuse, guys. Come on, anyway. You are sure to have a good time. You might even meet someone who can help you with your family search. No serious genealogy, though. Just fun times. OK?
    We are collecting dues for next year. Some of you have already paid, so I'm talking to the rest of you. You will want to take care of this before you miss a single issue of our quarterly or newsletter. In case you can't remember if you paid or not, you might have to look at your check register. If you have been having trouble remembering anything (I can't believe I'm the only one with that problem.) you may want to consider a lifetime membership. For just $250 you can forget about that yearly renewal and sit back and enjoy all the benefits of membership without the hassle. An individual pays $25 per year, families $30, which is the same amount paid by a contributing member ($30). If you happen to be the Acquisitions Department of a library your subscription to the quarterly only costs $22.

     We heard from former president Cathy Dantin Shannon that she and her husband, Harry, are well. In fact, he was awarded the 1999 Aviation Maintenance Technician of the year by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the General Aviation Industry Awards Committee. This is a national award, and we are all so happy for both of you. We hope you enjoy the prizes!
     LaRue S. LeBlanc is feeling better. At least well enough to take a trip to North Louisiana before coming back for more treatments.

     Board member Dot Smith proudly announces the birth of her great-granddaughter Hardee Elizabeth Smith, born 11 September 1999, at Terrebonne General Hospital. She is the daughter of Vione & Connie Granier Smith. Congratulations to all the proud parents and grandparents, and you, too, Dot!

     We have reprinted the formerly sold-out volumes of South Louisiana Vital Family Records, as you will notice on the attached sheet. These books are in demand, so get your copy before they sell out again.
     Speaking of hot-hot sellers, our book on the Donaldsonville Cemetery (History of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church and Cemetery Inscriptions, Donaldsonville [Ascension Parish], Louisiana) is going to be one of, if not THE, all-time best seller. If you haven't bought your own copy yet, you may be out of luck. I'm serious, people. That is not a sales pitch.

     Who? Los Isleños de Galvez Heritage & Cultural Society. When? Saturday, December 4, 1999, 1:00 p.m. Where? State Archives on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, LA. What? Musical entertainment by Larry and Yvette Weatherton and a Christmas Carol sing-along, as well as the installation of new officers and board members. You are asked to bring a snack to share and wear your Isleño costume, if you wish. Bring your Isleño friends and family members along for a good time. Soft drinks will be provided.

     If you purchased his new book, Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Acadiennes, you may be interested in this. He is currently in the process of translating into English all the biographical and explanatory notes, as well as the front matter of the first part of the Dictionnaire Généalogique. Publication of this translation later in 1999, as a supplement to his book, will make the whole contents of this work readily accessible to English-speaking readers. Note that it already contains a key to all its abbreviations.
     Also, you may want to get a copy of the corrections and additions to the same book. It runs to six pages, in French, and is available (free of any charge, if your connection is free) on the internet. Just go to

     If you are a descendant of Joseph Landry, commandant of the Acadian Coast at Donaldsonville, you will be glad to hear of the efforts of Mark C. Landry, himself a descendant, who is interested in finding out how best to go about restoring the tomb of the said Joseph Landry. He want to invite you and all interested parties to meet with him and Henry Alfortish on December 7, 1999, at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Joseph Landry tomb in Donaldsonville. Mr. Alfortish will try to give his best estimate on what needs to be done to the tomb, the priorities, and the approximate cost.
     Evidently the state does not have any funds to distribute for this project. However, the Office of Historic Preservation sent Mark Landry a manual that detailed the private foundations in Louisiana that might be called upon for some help.
     He would like you to drop him a note to let him know if you can attend. Send it to Mark C. Landry, 106 Melody Drive, Metairie, LA 70001. Phone (504) 834-3840 at home, or (504) 837-9040 at work. Or by e-mail at:

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