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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 21 No. 10 Jan. 2002

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NEXT MEETING Saturday, January 26, 2002
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

     Our Christmas social meeting was very well attended. Some friends we haven’t seen in a long while were there. Dorotha Horvath, Pat and Minus Blanchard, Ed and Emelie Quin, Lois and Carl Burgamy, just to name a few. It seemed to us that everyone enjoyed the food and the camaraderie, not to mention the door prizes which made it all the way through two rounds and started on another before the prizes ran out. I’m not going to say who went back to the snack table for seconds and thirds because someone might just have noticed me doing the same. Folks, the food was some good!

Happy New Year!
     Don’t forget to pay your dues. Individual: $25, Family: $30, Contributing: $30, Library: $22
This month marks our twentieth year, so at our January meeting we will have a little observance of that fact. I hope it doesn’t sound too much like bragging, because there were a few back in 1981 who gave us only five years before we went “belly-up,” as the saying goes. Those people probably either forgot what they said, or have moved on to better and more lasting relationships, so I guess it doesn’t matter anyway. We’ll just celebrate a very productive twenty years. Those of you who can remember those days are welcome to come help us reminisce. We hope to have a birthday cake of some sort, and elections, of course. The incumbents have all agreed to run for another term so no one else has been nominated. However, nominations from the floor will be opened, so if you have someone in mind for a certain job, or for any position, for that matter, be sure to attend and speak up.
     Christopher Peña has a new book, The Times and Journal of Alice Farmer: Yankee Visitor to Acadiana-New Orleans, and has agreed to discuss it at the January meeting. You don’t want to miss that, I’m sure. His last talk opened up a good bit of comment, as I remember, and this one promises do the same. I understand that it touches on the Underground Railroad at some point. Sounds like a good one!
     Now it can be told. Board member Patty W. Gravois announced that her son, Alex Bernard Gravois married Mary Grace Richard on December 21, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in St Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux, LA. Mary Grace is the daughter of Bernadette Legendre and Eugene Richard, while Alex Bernard is the son of Patricia Ann Whitney and Albert Anthony Gravois.
     It saddens us to announce the death of Bennie Bailey Naquin Hardberger. She was the wife of Florian Max Hardberger; mother of Pearl LaDelle, Norma Rae Defreese and Rita Naquin Rivault; sister of John M. Bailey and Nancy Bailey Bordelon; mother-in-law of Randall Rivault; and stepmother of Dottie, Karl and Max Hardberger. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy “Walking Charlie” Naquin; parents, Arthur and Pearl Mills Bailey; and brothers, Thomas, Andrew and Ina Baily Sumrall. She will be remembered by the members of our society as a good friend, always willing to help out.
     One of our members has some “like new books” for sale. The list is too long to be included here, but you can find out more by calling Veranese E. Douglas at 985-868-1641 for titles and prices. Please call between 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. C.S.T. Mon. - Fri. (No collect calls, please.) All sales are for cash, and are final. The books are described as “Genealogy: Acadian-Cajun Library.” We presume postage is extra.
     Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane has a number of duplicate used books and periodicals available for sale. Proceeds are used to purchase new books for the Louisiana State Archives Research Room. If you are interested, you may email a request to Judy Riffel at <> and she will send you an updated list. Some interesting items are being offered. One is a genealogy of the Teisseire family, by Yves Teisseir, (written in French) and another is a “calendar” of the Egan family collection, 1787 - 1955.
     Don’t miss the pre-publication offer of the 1870 Lafourche Census. Many people depend on these books to “fill out” the facts found in a census. More than indexes, these Census books are prepared by experienced members of our society who are familiar with the families and their interactions. You won’t regret reserving a copy, but some day you MAY regret NOT doing so.
     Interest in the 2004 Congrès Mondial to be held in Nova Scotia is heating up. We received a newsletter from the Daigle family association with a notice of a meeting (to discuss the congrès) on February 3, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Public Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA.The newsletter says the meeting is at 2:00 p.m., but you are encouraged to come join many of your cousins at Ralph and Kacoo’s before the meeting. Members will begin arriving at 12:30 to have lunch, visit with those who are there and gossip about those who are not. Ralph and Kacoo’s is located at 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd., about 30 blocks from the library. It says the members are to attend and bring a friend or two, so I suppose if you have Daigle connections you are certainly welcome. If you would like more information about the newsletter and the organization, check out their web site at <> or <> and click “Families.”
     More information about the 2004 celebration in Nova Scotia is available at <> and if you are living outside the province you can get a free Nova Scotia travel guide. This is a neat book!
     If you live anywhere in southern California you should make plans to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 33rd Annual Genealogical Jamboree & Family History Faire, April 13 - 14, 2002. It will be held in the Exhibition Building of The Pasadena Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA.  The event offers exhibits relating to every aspect of genealogical research, as well as guest speakers and classes, and it is said that the Jamboree is the largest annual genealogical gathering west of the Mississippi. They sent us a brochure for exhibitors, so we don’t have information about the  registration of  individuals. If you are interested, you may contact them at <> or visit their web site <> or write the society at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408. Finally, you may phone (818) 843-7247 or FAX (818) 843-7262.

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