TGS Newsletter
Vol. 26 No. 8 October 2007
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at juno.com
      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 mobiletel.com
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 

Next meeting:    

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Main Branch Library, Houma, LA                                                                                                                1:00 p.m.

Were you there? Yes, I am talking to you. Were you at our September meeting. Well, if you were not able to come you sure missed a delicious sausage dish made by Mr. And Mrs. Alvarez. Thank you for that simply delectable dish. You just never know what kind of treats you will get at our meetings, so remember that next time.

Just a little reminder and I know it is early to mention it. In November we will not have a meeting. But, in December we will have our Christmas Social Gathering. Date to follow in our November newsletter.

    Have you seen the website lately. Well if you have let Ed know. He is our liaison for us. If you have any suggestions on what or how you would like to see on the website contact Ed Hicks. He is working on adding some new things to the site. So look for them.

The German–Acadian Coast & Historical & Genealogy Society will hold their Oktoberfest on Oct 24, at La Maison Magnolia, 950 First St., Norco, LA at 6 p.m. Speaker will be Gerald F. Patout, “Researching the Origin of Creole Cooking”, A Culinary Puzzle. $23.00 mail registration to GACHS, %Mary Duhe, 117 NW 18th St., Reserve, LA 70084.

Branching Out In Genealogy Seminar on Oct. 27, 2007, sponsors are Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library, Libraries Southwest & The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc. To be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, La. Speakers are John Sellers and Bennett Greenspan. Vendors, door prizes, free parking, and refreshments.

If you have a conference or know of a conference of interest to the society please let us know in advance of our newsletter printing, which is around the middle of each month.

Charles “Chuck” Eugene Brown III, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. He was 51, a native of Marianna, FL, and a resident of Houma. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Primeaux Brown of Houma, his mother, Blanche Mobley Brown; one sister, Beth Brown Stevens and husband, Nathan Stevens, of Houma; one niece; one great-niece; and one great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eugene Brown, Jr. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany, He was operations manager at Dominos Pizza and loved to fish and was well loved by his family and friends. Our sympathies go out to Blanche.

Viola Harville Barnes, died at the age of 97, in West Monroe, LA. She was the former wife of Teddie Louis Barnes and aunt of Audrey Westerman. She was the mother of James Henry Barnes and Ethel Irene Barnes Henson; grandmother and great-grandmother to many. Viola and Ted were witnesses to the wedding of Audrey’s parents in 1927 in a double wedding. Our sympathies go out to you Audrey.

Jayden Matthew Portier born Sept. 24, 2007 at 10:35 a.m. in Houma, LA. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and is 19½ in. long. He is the son of Jerome and Christina Price Portier; grandson of Rickey Matthew and Eunice Theriot Price and great-grandson of Clayton Martin and Ruth Pertuit Theriot. He joins as sister Kelcey Claire’ Portier.
Congratulations Ruth.

I want to thank everyone who gave me book suggestions. They have been given to Judy and she tells me that they will be ordered and in the library soon. Remember if you see a book related to genealogy or Louisiana History please email Wanda Moore  with the title, author, publisher, price (if you know it), and where it can be purchased at wmoore1048 at aol.com or just let Wanda know at the next meeting.


Has anybody seen the Tri-Parish Times for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. Well you missed our beloved Patty Whitney pictured with Bobby Jindal and other representatives of the Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organization (BISCO) who went to Washington, D.C. to discuss the needs of the Tri-parish community in rebuilding after the 2005 hurricane season.

1 MILLION MARK REACHED on the USGenWeb Archives. The 1 million mark was reached on Aug. 24, 2007 by one of our members. Cynthia Daigle uploaded  a compiled cemetery listing for Moses Baptist Cemetery, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

The USGenWeb Archives was developed in June 1996 to present transcriptions of public domain records on the Web. This huge undertaking is the cooperative effort of volunteers who either have electronically formatted files on census records, marriage bonds, wills, and other public documents, or who are willing to transcribed this information to contribute. The USGenWeb Archives his hosted by RootsWeb.

Thanks to all USGenWeb volunteers for the hours they’ve spent walking cemeteries, hunching over microfilm readers, and scouring courthouses and libraries to provide that first million files.

Some of our members may be interested in this.
CBS news Article and Features
Reconstructing The Family Tree. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/05/60minutes/main3334427.shtml
CBS News Online.      

Audrey says thanks to everyone for participating with information and photos. She is currently working on the winter quarterly. Keep sending her all your information. If it does not make in the winter quarterly it will be in the next quarterly.

To avoid any extra cost to you, please let the Society know if you move. The Postal Service will not forward third class mail and the cost will be extra for retrieving your quarterly and mailing back to you.


Debra Sloan is writing a historical marker application for J. Vance Lewis and African-American attorney born in Terrebonne Parish on the D.S. Cage sugar plantation. He wrote a book titled, “Out of the Ditch.” Link to the book, http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/lewisj/menu.html . She is trying to document  some of his claims in his book. There is some question as to the date of his birth. His death certificate says  he was born in 1868, he claims to have been born before Louisiana’s succession from the United States. He married Martha Henderson in New Orleans in 1891. He died in Houston on April 24, 1925. Anything you can find on him would be appreciated. Email her at drbsloan55atsbcglobal.net.

Nina Gilhang-Alexander is looking for information on Ernestine E. Verdin and her husband Louis A. Creppel. They are her great-great grandparents. She thinks Louis’ father is Augustan/Auguste born c. 1836 and may have been married to Rosaline Billiot(1835?). Her email is nina_gilhangatyahoo.com.

Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

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