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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 22 No. 10 February 2004

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks at
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, February 28, 2004
Main Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.
Do you remember Keith PETERS? I wrote about his quest in the October newsletter. To refresh your memory, I will quote my report: he “asked for help from the members of our society to locate his two half-sisters, of whose existence he was unaware until he read the obituary of his father, who died in 1971. His father, Joseph H. PETERS, was a veteran of World War II. At the time of his death, he was survived by two daughters, Miss Sharon PETERS and Miss Laura Jean PETERS, both of New York. Keith is from a previous marriage.” It is not often we hear of a successful search, so maybe that’s why I neglected to mention it in the January news. Mr. PETERS was successful in meeting his two sisters, and locating the grave of his father and grandparents as well. He brought a videotape to share that joy with us at the December meeting. I don’t know why I forgot to mention it, but if any of my readers are what is euphemistically referred to as “Senior Citizens” they may understand. Keith, please forgive me.

DEATH: Our sympathies go out to member Julia A. BENOIT, who lost her mother on 20 November 2003. Julia LaVerne MILLER CHATAGNIER was a native of Poplarville, MS, former resident of Biloxi, MS, and a resident of Houma for 40 years. She will be sadly missed by her family, among whom are her husband, Harold Antoine CHATAGNIER; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paulette and John DUBOSE of Jacksonville, FL, and Julia and Michael BENOIT of Houma; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, three step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandson; one sister-in-law, Letha MILLER; many nieces and nephews, and her caring friends, Janice HARRIS and Nancy SHEETS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson MILLER Sr. and Annie Julia MARSH MILLER, two brothers, W.L. MILLER and T.J. MILLER Jr.; and three sisters, Clara MILLER MURRAY, Mozelle MILLER McCAIN and Bruba MILLER WALLEY. Mrs. CHATAGNIER was a Civil Service employee at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and worked for the Social Security Administration in Houma for many years. She enjoyed studying art, crocheting, quilting, crafting and genealogy research. She spent more than seven years assisting her daughter in researching and writing the MILLER family history published in The Millers of Sand Mountain which her daughter lovingly dedicated to her. To her family she truly exemplified the godly woman described in Proverbs 31 which states: “Her children rise up and call her blessed...” She will be missed.
ELECTION YEAR: 2004 is an election year. Anyone who has seen a TV screen or heard the news on a radio has heard that November will see the election of a President of the United States. Granted. So? So TGS is holding an election, too. At the next meeting on Saturday, February 28 we will elect a slate of officers and members of the board. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your viewpoint) the incumbents are so far unopposed. Unless other nominations are proposed from the floor, the candidates are as follows: for President, Phil CHAUVIN Jr.; for Vice-President, Edgar L. HICKS; for Recording Secretary, Sheila RODRIGUE; for Corresponding Secretary, Jess BERGERON; for Treasurer, Nancy L. WRIGHT; for members of the board, Essie CAVALIER, Louis DUET, Patricia WHITNEY-GRAVOIS and Daniel GUIDRY. Now you have another reason to come to the meeting — nominate yourself and run for an office, but make sure your dues are paid up current. Check right now. Look at your address label on this newsletter. If it has EX2004, it is not - repeat not - up to date. Only if it has EX2005 are you paid up for another year. You know you get more than your money’s worth in the quarterly, alone. So, go ahead, make out that check and send it to our new address. Look at our masthead to make sure you have it right. And be sure to include your correct address. We want you to get all your good publications.
DID YOU GET YOUR QUARTERLY? The U.S. Postal Service returned quarterlies addressed to the following: Georgia PORCHE, Rose U. DUCOTE and Acadian Genealogy Exchange. Please help us by notifying these people that they can get their quarterlies by sending us $3.00 along with their new address. 
THANKS TO THE COLLATORS: The whole society owes a debt of thanks to the faithful people who help collate our quarterly. They are: Beverly ALFORD, Dorothy BERGERON, Brice BERNARD, Rita BERNARD, Essie CAVALIER, Marcie CAVALIER, Phil CHAUVIN, Cecil ESCHETE, Ed HENRY, Ed HICKS, Gloria HICKS, Cecilia RICHARD, Dot SMITH and Nancy WRIGHT. Thanks for the help.
BOOKS NEEDED: New member Anna S. ADAMS of Clearwater, FL is looking to buy a set of the Catholic Church Records of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. If you know of anyone willing to part with same, please have them contact her at 1655 S. Highland Ave. J396, Clearwater, FL 33756. I presume you may call her home at 727-501-1885, but not collect, I suppose.
LOUISIANA HERITAGE DAY: If you are not busy on Sunday, March 14, why not get a friend and go on down to Larose for the whole day. It starts with a French Mass at 9:30 a.m., with lots of exhibits and good food on hand later. Our own Audrey WESTERMAN will be there, speaking on Early Settlers of Lower Lafourche and Their Occupations at 3:15 p.m. She is on a short list of distinguished speakers, including Dr. David BERISS of UNO, Dr. Richard McCARTHY of Loyola, Chef John FOLSE, and Marcelle BIENVENU, among others.
CAMP FEVER: Do you have a record naming a disease that is unheard of today? You need to try a website with a glossary of ancient medical terms. There are several good ones. Olive Tree Genealogy at <<>> is one you can try. The next one is Sedgley Manor at << page.html>> Don’t be alarmed if you don’t get the right page. Just go to the site map and click on “Diseases and Medical Terms.”
CALLING ALL SAVOIES: Savoie Acadian Cultural and Historical Society (also known as SACHS) is the dream child of Deb SAVOIE GUILINI. You are invited to read about it on the new SACHS website. <<http://savoie>>
Attending CMA 2004? The upcoming events for SACHS for CMA 2004 include as speakers Steven WHITE and Louisiana’s own Harry J. SAVOY and others. It’s all on the website. If you like what you see, please consider joining us. How to do that is on the website also.
SMGHS SEMINAR: Each year the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society sponsors a day-long seminar with many excellent programs. However, this seminar is a MUST - mark your calendar. This year’s speaker is Dr. George K. SCHWEITZER, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee. Professor SCHWEITZER uses historical re-enactment to teach genealogy and has traced many of his ancestral lines back to the early 1500s. Interested? Call or write now. There is a March 6 deadline for pre-registration and a space limitation. President of SMGHS is Clif EVANS, email phone 601-582-1013. Vice-President, Paul & Celeste YOUNG phone 601-261-9222. I’m not sure, but I believe the seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn, 6583 US Hwy 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, phone 601-268-2850. Call for a brochure/registration form.

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