TGS Newsletter
Vol. 26 No. 12 February 2008
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: Wanda Moore
     116 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      E-mail: wmoore1048 at aol.com
      Phone: (985) 876-2686  

Next meeting:    

Saturday, February 23, 2008    1:00 p.m.           Main Branch Library, Houma, LA

Welcome Back Good People. If you were not able to make our meeting in January you missed our wonderful guest speaker, local author JoAnne Gosselin Plessala. You missed her wonderful stories about the sawmill town of Donner, the original town. She has written two books, “I Remember Donner” and “Donner Memories - A Second Helping”. She spoke about how Donner got its name, the oldest employee of the sawmill, how long the sawmill was in operation, and did you know that Donner had electricity in homes before Houma did. WOW!!!!  You sure did miss some very interesting information if you were not there, but don’t despair she is selling both her books. She was able to autograph the ones she sold at the meeting.

It’s time for election of board members and officers. At our February meeting we”ll be voting for these positions. If you would like to become an officer or board member or would like to nominate someone submit your nomination to Dot Bergeron, Gloria Hicks, or Marcie Cavalier.  Consider becoming a board member or officer and run with it.

It is time to renew your membership for 2008. Look in your envelope that your newsletter came in, if it does not have EX2/09 on top your name in the right side of the label, it is time to renew. Dues are due by March 1, 2008. There was a renewal form with your December newsletter. If you need one contact Jess Bergeron.

Phil has finished the 2007 Houma Courier and 2007 Comet deaths books and they are on sale by order for $30.00 for each book plus $3.00 shipping and handing for each. Advise Jess Bergeron to reserve your copies.

The annual meeting of the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society will be Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4914 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers will be Claire Mire Bettag and Augusta Elmwood. For more information go to their website at http://www.roostweb.com/~la-lghs/ or call Sue Elizabeth Badeaux at (225) 659-7422.
Lafourche Heritage Society Seminar will be August 9, 2008 at Envie in Thibodaux. More details will follow as they become available. They are looking for guest speakers. Contact Patty Whitney if you are interested in speaking at this seminar.
The Canary Islanders in Louisiana is having a meeting on March 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in Baton Rouge, LA at the Louisiana State Archives Building on Essen Lane.

The Canary Islanders in Louisiana is also planning a 10 day trip starting on June 2, 2008 to the Canary Islands. 3 nights at Sheraton Santa Cruz Hotel, 3 nights at Melia Las Palmas Hotel, 2 nights at Emperador Hotel Madrid and several tours. For more information contact Rose Marie Powell (225) 755-0422  RMTravelnow at cox.net. There is also a website you can browse http://www.canaryislanders.org/citrip.htm .

DEATHS BORDENAVE, Betty Brownson, 63, native of New Orleans, resident of Metairie, LA passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Wife of the late Frank D.J. Bordenave. Mother of Franklin John Bordenave II, M.D. of Madisonville, LA and Elizabeth Ann Bordenave Brown of Austin, Tx. Grandmother of Kelsey N. Bordenave and Franklin John Bordenave III, both of Madisonville, LA. Preceded in death by her parents Vera Meyers and Alfred A. Brownson and brother Stelle A. Brownson. She was a former president of AARP Elysian Fields Chapter 2786, former secretary of Metairie Manor Guild, and member of Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, Le Comite des Archives de la Louisiane, National Genealogical Society, St. Mary (Parish) Genealogical Society and Terrebonne Genealogical Society Interment at Metairie Mausoleum.

If there is a book you would like in the library genealogy section that is not already there give the title, author, publisher, price and where it can be purchase to Wanda Moore at the meeting or email. Judy at the library will also take the information from you.

Barbara Whitfield spoke of trying to locate all confederate soldiers to put plaques on their tombstone or grave markers anywhere. Contact Barbara Whitfield (985) 872-3185 or email bbw21 at bellsouth.net. She will get the information to the person in charge of this project.
We are looking to create a fourth book of charts and we would like to know if some members  would be interested in taking on the project. Once under way we will ask if you would be interested in submitting some of your own charts to the project.
The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux opened the Historical Research Center at 205 Audubon St., Thibodaux, LA is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They close from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Remember Kevin Allemand who attended our August 2007 meeting. He is the administrator of the center and is interested in portraits of past and present, marriages, confirmations, and communions. If you have not yet visited the center make a little time to stop by and see the wonderful work Kevin has done. Contact information (985) 446-2383 or email kallemand@htdiocese.org or yrodrigue@htdiocese.org .
If you have not been to the Terrebonne Parish Library website. Check it out there are some online database sites with loads of information. You will need your library card number to get on the website.
At the January meeting Sheila spoke of a treasure she found about the Acadians in France and the five ships they arrived on. If you would like to see this website go to http://pagesperso-orange.fr/froux/ for the home page Poitou Acadie Bretagne or for the five ships go to http://pagesperso-orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/index_arrivee.htm

Note: There are actually lists for 10 of the ships that arrived in St. Malo in 1758-59. This information is especially related to the Lafourche Interior area because most of the Acadian settlers of that area came from the Acadians exiled to France. More >

 Ed mention a series on PBS that airs in February about African American genealogy. He did not have all the details or exact time or date, check you local listing for information unless we get more information.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Essie Cavalier’s mother who turned 100 years old on February 12, 2008.

Online searchable death indexes for the USA visit: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/deathrecords.htm/   
Two excellent sites for online historical maps are:  1. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection at David Rumsey.com; 2. The Perry-Castanada Library Map Collection at www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
Online access for Cook County Illinois, USA go to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-digitize_websep07.0.407232.story  
Another site for Old Maps: http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/      
Nova Scotia Coal Miners Tribute Pages: http://thepitsofcapebreton.com/cb.html

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