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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 24 No. 6 August 2005

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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, August 27, 2005     Main Branch Library, Houma, LA 1:00 pm
COLLATING AT THE NORTH BRANCH on Thursday, 25 August 2005, as close to 12:30 p.m. as you can make it. We sure can use your help, no matter what that is. You name it. 

     It seemed like justice prevailed at our last meeting. Sheila RODRIGUE, our hard-working secretary, who is always to be found helping others, got a chance to be helped by others, for a change. Hers was the brickwall pulled from the “Box of Bricks” by A. J. GRAVOIS, son of Patty WHITNEY. She is looking for birth dates, marriage date and death dates on both Francois LIRETTE and his wife, Michelle CHAILLOU. They were probably married in France. Their son, Jean Pierre LIRETTE was born about 1760 in Nantes, Bretagne, France. He married 14 Feb 1780 in Chantenay, Bretagne, France, Marie Madeleine DURAMBOURG (daughter of Jean Baptiste DURAMBOURG and Marie Madeleine HENRY). She was baptized 23 Sep 1762 in Tres Sainte Trinite Church in Cherbourg, Normandie, France. Jean Pierre was buried 16 Sep 1804 in Plattenville, Assumption Parish, LA. If you have any information on this couple (Francois and Michelle), please send it to Sheila RODRIGUE, P. O. Box 835, Westwego, LA 70096, or email SARodrigue at
      Don’t forget that we are still researching the first two brickwalls, so if you have any information on those, bring it to the meeting or contact the person behind the brick wall. Can’t remember? Try to find where you filed the newsletter the last two months, or look on our website ( where you can find all the newsletters.

ACADIAN HERITAGE FAMILY DAY: Sponsored by CAFA “Confederation of Associations of Families Acadian, Inc.” will be held in Rayne, LA, on Saturday, August 27, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. at the Rayne Civic Center. The morning program will honor and observe the deportation and hardships endured by the Acadians 250 years ago. Afternoon programs will be a celebration with an accordion contest followed by Terry Huval and Jambalaya [I think that is the name of a band, not a Cajun food. Ed]. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. For more information go to or email j_bourque at

PREVIEW PARTY: The society received an invitation from Daniel P. Alario, Sr., and the Westwego Historical Society inviting us to a Book Signing and Preview Party featuring Marc R. Matrana, author of the new book Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks. It will be held at the Westwego Historical Museum 275 Sala Avenue, Westwego, La 70094 on Saturday, September 10, 2005 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? For more information contact the museum at (504) 341-3161 or if you just want directions to the place, go online and use Yahoo! or

DOMINIQUE FAMILY REUNION: There will be a gathering of the descendants of Antoine Dominique (b. 1820 in France) on Saturday, October 8, 2005 at the Gheens Recreation Center, Gheens, LA. Bring your own lawn chairs, and food and drink. There are picnic tables and benches and a large pavilion. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - till. For further information contact Robert J. Dominique (504) 392-6099, or Bernice Dominique (504) 371-8363, or Peter Dominique (985) 532-3529. When I tried to get a Yahoo! map and directions, I got a big blank. But it did say that the town of Gheens is on LA Hwy 654, so I guess if you get that close, you can find the Recreation Center. Take Hwy 654 east from either LA Hwy 1 or LA Hwy 308 just a mile south of Mathews, where you will find the new Harrelson/Champagne Memorial Bridge across Bayou Lafourche. Mathews is between Raceland and Lockport in Lafourche Parish. If you can’t find Raceland on a map, get another map.

FALL SEMINARS: [Sounds nice, huh? Fall, cool weather... Ed.] If you are in the vicinity of Victoria, TX on or about the first of October, why not make plans to attend the Victoria County Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2105 North Ben Jordan, Victoria, Texas? The featured speaker will be Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, FNGS, Supervisor of the Genealogy Section, Dallas Public Library. Topics are to include Court Records, Lesser Used Genealogical Records, Maiden Names of Females, and the westward movement.  Registration is $40 per person, lunch included. Deadline for registering is 15 September 2005. Send your name, address and telephone number to Bill Farnsworth, c/o Victoria County Genealogical Society, 6034 Country Club Drive, Victoria, TX 77904. And register early because seating is limited.
     In November, the Genealogical Societies of Metropolitan New Orleans are getting together to put on An Irish Genealogical Seminar at Jones Hall on the Tulane University Campus (6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115). Be there to register from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2005. The seminar will last until 3:00 p.m. and will cover “Sources and Strategies for Finding Irish Immigrant Origins” “Eighteenth Century Irish Sources” “Irish Civil Registration and Church Records” and “Irish Internet Resources.” If you are a member of one of the seven societies hosting the seminar you will get a break on the cost. Why not check out the particulars at Click on GSMNO Seminar to see their flyer.

BOOKS: If you plan to visit the New Orleans Public Library any time soon, you may be interested in one of their publications. It is called “Genealogical Materials in the New Orleans Public Library’s Louisiana Division and City Archives.” The seventy page guide describes in detail the materials available in the Louisiana Division and City Archives for conducting family research. Considered by some one of the finest collections in the South for digging up family roots, the Louisiana Division’s collection, augmented by materials from the City Archives, is particularly valuable for researchers tracing ancestors from New Orleans and the southeastern United States, although more wide-ranging resources can also be found. Included among materials  described in the guide are newspapers, indexes to obituaries, vital records for many Louisiana parishes, burial records, census records, records relating to slavery and free people of color, church records, immigration and naturalization records, probate records and other court records. “Genealogical Materials” can be purchased for $15.00 in the LA Division, or ordered by mail from the Friends of New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112. Also, a printable order form can be found online at

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