|NEXT MEETING: Saturday, February 22, 2003
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
At the January meeting, Marcie and Essie CAVALIER
told us that reports of his (Essie’s) death were greatly exaggerated (apologies
to Mark TWAIN). It seems that Marcie received Essie’s death benefit from
Social Security a few weeks ago. They are still trying to straighten out
the mess. It’s kind of hard to explain, so suffice it to say that money
is involved, since Essie’s regular monthly payments were stopped, and Marcie’s
were changed — naturally, presuming Essie was deceased, but confusing to
Marcie and Essie, of course. Ask them about it if you want all the details.
We also found out that trips and tours to Nova Scotia have started forming
for the 2004 Congrès Mondial to be held there next year (really,
it is next year). It was mentioned several times that we need you to volunteer
your time for some of the projects that are going on. If you are too far
away to go to one of the nearby courthouses or cemeteries or archives,
you could send in your family information to be published in our quarterly.
We ask that the family be from this area. We are an equal opportunity publisher.
Native American heritage, African American, Acadian American or Anglo American,
we can use them all. Isn’t that what makes this country great?
Nancy L. WRIGHT announced at the meeting that our
discussion group meetings would resume immediately after the February meeting,
so plan your day accordingly. We’ll take an hour or so to discuss an old
document that Nancy or Audrey WESTERMAN has found that involves some transcribing
skills that genealogists need. We would be happy if you could join us.
BIRTH. Michael and Jackie (FORD) THIBODEAUX wish
to announce the birth of their first granddaughter, Madyson Marie, born
Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 4:08 p.m. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 9.4 ounces
and was 19 ¼ inches long. Her proud parents are Cody and Aimee (THIBODEAUX)
BARBIER. She joins one brother, Bryce, and a half brother, Tyler. Congratulations
LIBRARY NEWS. Opening date for the new Main Branch
of the Terrebonne Parish Library has been re-delayed. The latest news gives
Saturday, 26 April 2003. You may notice that our April meeting is scheduled
for the same day. Watch this space for further announcements.
According to Judy RIFFEL, the Research Room of the
Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be closed beginning
Friday, February 21st, through Sunday, March 9th, for renovations. The
Research Room will reopen Monday, March 10th, at 8 a.m.
DONATION. Listed below are the titles and dates
to the quarterlies that were added to our genealogy collection. These were
donated by the family of Mrs. Myrtle Kershaw PELAYO. Virginia Magazine
of History and Biography 1969-1974; South Carolina Historical Magazine
1946-1974; Clarke County, Virginia quarterlies. (Proceedings of the Clarke
County Historical Association) 1941 -1955. These will also
be housed in the Genealogical Dept.
DONATION. Cycle World of Houma donated a copy machine
to TGS. It has been placed at the home of Jess BERGERON, our Corresponding
Secretary and Query Editor. Thanks to Cycle World from all of us.
2003 DUES. Thanks for sending in your dues promptly.
Those of you who did act upon our reminder last month know that we are
thanking them. However, no apology is needed. Our membership year ends
on the last day of February each year and starts on the first day of March.
So, if you are still waiting for your refund from the IRS to send us your
membership, you MAY be late. Why not send it in now? Check your address
label on this newsletter. If, somewhere on the label, you see, besides
your name and address, the notation “EX 02/03" then you have not paid your
dues for the coming year and your membership expires this month (February,
2003). If you see the notation “EX 02/03 EX 02/04" then you are paid up
through February of 2004. You have paid your dues for the rest of this
membership year (2002) and all of the coming year (2003). A handful of
members will see this: “EX 02/04" only. That means that their membership
begins next month and covers all of the next membership year. They will
receive their first quarterly with Volume 22, No. 1 — Spring of 2003. Please
send your address (including the nine-digit Zip code), phone number (including
area code), and email address with your dues. We have some old information
in our files that we need to clear out. There have been some changes in
telephone area codes, and with the mergers and failures of some dot-com
companies, some email addresses have changed. We often need to contact
our members about their memberships or book orders or articles for the
quarterly and it is time-consuming and frustrating to keep getting those
“no contact” recordings or “Mail delivery subsystem” messages. We promise
not to give or sell your address to any marketing service or advertiser.
LGHS CONFERENCE. We have been asked to promote
the “Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Conference on Genealogy” sponsored
by the Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Society on 25-26 April 2003
at Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge LA. Lecturers on Louisiana’s
Pre-colonial and Colonial History include Claire MIRE BETTAG, CGRS, CGL
who will speak on “Louisiana Repositories and Records” 3:30-4:20 p.m. Friday,
April 25, and on Saturday, April 26, Elizabeth SHOWN MILLS, CG, CGL, FASG,
FNGS, FUGA, will lecture all day, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (There is
a 1½ hour break for lunch.) Registration - Friday only $30, Saturday
only $30, Banquet $30. Pre-register by 1 March 2003 and attend both the
Friday and Saturday sessions and the Banquet for a total of $75 per person.
Rooms are available for Conference attendees at a special rate of $72 per
night. Mail registration to Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Society,
P. O. Box 82060, Baton Rouge LA 70884-2060.
The link to the official site for the Conference is: http://www.rootsweb.com/~la-lghs/seminar.htm
COMPUTER TALK. Links from Louis (DUET): The
first link is to the 100 articles written by Father Clarence d’ ENTREMONT
about Acadian stories http://www.ccfne.ns.ca/~museum/english/archives/articles/index.htm
The second is the link for the Acadian Museum at West Pubnico, Nova
Lucie LeBlanc CONSENTINO Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home
Am-Can Gen Soc <http://www.acgs.org/>
WANTED TO BUY: Louis DUET, 110 Percle Lane,
Thibodaux LA 70301 is looking for South Louisiana Records: Lafourche-Terrebonne,
Volume 11 (1900-1902) by Rev. Donald J. HEBERT, used or new. Phone (985)
633-2966 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org.>
WANTED TO BUY: Mrs. Nancy L. WRIGHT, P. O. Box 1041,
Gray LA 70359-1041 wants South Louisiana Records: Lafourche-Terrebonne,
Volume 10 (1896-1899). Phone (985) 868-0370 or e-mail <email@example.com>
If you have any research material that you
want to buy, swap, or sell, please let us know. Maybe someone out there
has exactly what you are looking for, or you can recover some of the expense
of a book that didn’t help you..
COMING EVENTS: 2003 is the 200th anniversary of
the Louisiana Purchase which added so much territory to the United States,
from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border, including this former French
and Spanish territory. In consequence, it’s a special year for genealogists
and historians, and a good reason for gatherings. Some events planned are:
Saturday, March 15, 2003. “Class in Family
Research” sponsored by the new Orleans Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch. Free, but seating is limited. Reservations
required. Call Louisiana Division at (504) 596-2610 during regular hours,
Monday-Thursday 10a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 2003. “Bayou Heritage Celebration”
at Larose Civic Center, Larose, Louisiana. This event begins with a Mass
at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary church in Larose by Fr. Eloi ARSENAULT, recipient
of the LEGER-COMEAU Medal of Honor, National Acadian Society, and continues
to about 5 p.m. in an all-day family event There will be music, dancing,
folk life demonstrations, speakers, etc. and at about 2 p.m. Audrey WESTERMAN
will speak on “Settlers of Early Lafourche.”
Saturday, March 22, 2003. South Mississippi
Genealogical and Historical Society. Brent HOLCOMB discussing “Research
in North and South Carolina” at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church,
2420 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Lunch provided by the Ladies
of Parkway Heights. Pre-registration (until March 8) $25 per person. Registration
at door $30; add $8 per person for optional lunch. Send registrations by
mail to P. O. Box 15271, Hattiesburg MS; make checks payable to SMGHS.
Saturday, May 3, 2003. Meeting of Louisiana
Association of Professional Genealogists (L-APG), Terrebonne Parish Public
Library, Louisiana Room, Houma, Louisiana. 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.
Hosted by Mrs. Nancy L. WRIGHT and Mrs. Audrey B. WESTERMAN, CGRS?. Speaker
will be Elton OUBRE, “How the Louisiana Purchase Affected the Bayou Country.”
COMPLIMENTARY LIST. TGS has put the Houma-Thibodaux
Diocese Archives at Thibodaux on the complimentary list for our publications,
including our newsletter and Terrebonne Life Lines. This office is staffed
entirely by volunteers and gets minimum funding. It was learned these volunteers
were paying for research books for the Archives library. Thanks, ladies,
for your dedication and hard work.
ON THE SICK LIST. Phil CHAUVIN, TGS President, had
double bypass heart surgery on Monday, February 3, in Houma. He had a slight
set-back while still in the hospital and stayed there 1½ weeks but
is now home recuperating. Get well from all of us.
Ed HICKS, Vice President and Newsletter Editor,
had to conduct the TGS Board meeting on Saturday, February 8th, but when
he got there we learned he was sick with what Nancy calls the “Gotcha”
virus. Gloria was not feeling well that Saturday, either. Nancy had this
virus in early January, Audrey had it the latter part of January, and no
- they didn’t give it to Ed because they haven’t been around him.
BOOKS. Each year Phil CHAUVIN collects the obituaries
from the Houma Courier newspaper, puts them into a book and indexes it
He has completed the one for 2002 and it is a total of 345 pages. This
book is printed on pre-paid orders only. Houma Courier Deaths 2002
may now be ordered for $35 each, soft cover only, plus postage of $3 for
one book and 50¢ each additional book. No discount allowed on this
book. Deadline to order this book is February 28.
BARBIER descendants will be happy to learn
the next issue of TLL has an article on this family in France by Mrs. Louise
HILTON JETER, which takes them back two generations. Thank you to Louise
who has been searching this family since the 1970's and found the French
ancestors (about 25 years).