TGS Newsletter
Vol. 27 No. 5 July 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, JULY 26,2008, MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY, HOUMA, LA, 1:00 P.M.

WOW!!! I don’t have enough words to describe Michel Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, the speaker at our last meeting. If you were not there what a treasure of gold you missed out on. Michel is the president of the Louisiana Basque American Society and Culture Organization and he was born in Quebec.  He gave some translations of some Basque names from right here in our area. Names like Boudreaux, Thibodaux, Guidry, LeBlanc and Montegut to name a few.  Basque people come from a land area from the Garonge River to the Ebro River between France and Spain and their culture can be traced back to prehistoric times. Royalty from King Henry IV to Louis XVII are descendants from Basque people. There was so much information that it would take up this whole newsletter if I were to continue. You would have to have been there to experience the thrill.  For more information contact Michel by email: grecetbasque at aol.com

Step into the 21st century with your photo identification! There are many approaches to identifying old photos that you have never considered before. After hearing Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD speaking, you will never look at your old photos the same way again! She will be our speaker at the July meeting and she will have some of her books with her. Don’t miss this meeting.

Did you get your copy of the Spring quarterly? Let’s give thanks to Beverly Alford, Jess and Dot Bergeron, Minus and Pat Blanchard, Eloise Brunet, Essie and Marcie Cavalier, Phil Chauvin, Carolyn Daigle, Lou Ostheimer and Nancy Wright for putting them together so we could have them for the June meeting.

TGS member Sondras Saucier has been able to accomplish what our officers and Terrebonne Parish library personnel have been trying to bring about for several months. The library has been approved to be an affiliate library of the Genealogical Society of Utah’s Family Center. This means that we can borrow microfilms from the LDS archives in Utah at only the nominal fee of shipping. We are all eagerly awaiting the time when all the details will be ironed out. Ask Darryl Eschete at the Reference Desk about the timing and costs, etc. It was Sondras’ recommending our library to the Bishop that did the trick. Hats off to Sondras!


The Lafourche Heritage Society Seminar will be held on August 9, 2008 at Envie Restaurant and Banquet facility of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Thibodaux. Members will get a registration form. If you need a form contact Patty Whitney at the next meeting. If you have an exhibit you would like to display you must call ahead of time to reserve your area. Space is limited. For more details, you may contact the society at P.O. Box 913, Thibodaux, LA 70302-0913, or call Clifton THERIOT at 985-448-4621, email clifton.theriot at nicholls.edu or call Elton OUBRE at 985-446-8662, email eoubre at charter.net or  Patty WHITNEY at 985-447-7318, email pattywhitney at hotmail.com Lunch will be served to those who pre-register. Some of the speakers are: Jay M. SCHEXNAYDRE, a native of Convent, LA, topic; Historic Cemeteries of the River Parishes; Bobby M. FREYOU, a native of New Iberia, LA, topic; Historical Land Title Records in the Louisiana State Land Office; Augusta B. ELMWOOD, of New Orleans, LA, topic; The French Colony of Saint-Domingue: Migrations and Sources; and others.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is having an Italian Genealogy workshop on Saturday, August 23, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Williams Research Center 410 Chartes St, New Orleans, LA. Registration is required due to limited seating. Fee is $25.00 until August 9, 2008, after that the fee will be $35.00 until all space is used. Lunch is not provided. Call (504) 523-4662 or visit www.hnoc.org for registration. Speaker will be June C. DeLalio this year.

BERNARD-COKES Family Reunion on Sunday, August 31, 2008, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Lovett Road BREC Recreation Center, 13443 Lovette Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818. Lunch will be provided. Exchange of genealogy data will be done before day of or week after reunion to allow social time for all participants. Contact: Mary Agnes Cokes Hammett, 16548 Vermillion Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70819, (225) 273-0320 or email: mach10 at bellsouth.net or mach10 at cox.net
Mr. Lee Usie spoke about an upcoming tour to Nova Scotia: September 17-30, 2008. Cajun Tours & Cruises, Inc. is handling the tour by Amtrak to Portland, Maine and then the Cat Ferry to Yarmouth. Travel in Nova Scotia will be by mini bus for large group. Phone Sandra Pellegrin (985) 872-6157 or email: pelleg_s at bellsouth.net


Audrey Westerman our quarterly editor is looking for information for the summer quarterly. Bring it to her at the meeting or email her: abwesterman at live.com

Opelousas broke ground for the Orphan Train Museum on the grounds of Le Vieux Village at the site of the former Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Thanks to the Orphan Train Society dedicated to the tens of thousands of orphan children transfered from overcrowded orphanages in the northeast to live with families throughout rural America. More than 2,000 orphans came to Louisiana. http://www.cityofopelousas.com/visit/vieuvillage.html


Terry Joseph CHAMPAGNE, 55, a native and resident of Houma, died Friday, June 13, 2008. He is survived by his mother, Maxie Price Champagne of Houma; two brothers, Retired Marine Corp Col. Lynn Michael Champagne and wife, Cheri Alford Champagne, of Chesapeake, VA, and Eric Charles Champagne and wife, Trudy HEBERT Champagne, of Ventress. He was preceded in death by his father, Lindbergh Charles Champagne, his paternal grandparents Leonce Paul Champagne and Santie Therese DUPLANTIS, and his maternal grandparents Avery Thomas Price and Robella Marie LEBLANC. He was a retired auditor with the U.S. Customs and a former employee of Schlumberger. He was a parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and is buried in the church cemetery.

Huey Paul GLYNN, husband of Bonnie CUVILLIER GLYNN, died 28 Sep 2007. Survived by children Easton Glynn of Redwood City, CA, Kirk Glynn of Morgan City, LA and Eugenia Glynn PRICE (Raymond) of Morgan City, LA, sisters Mrs. Stanley (Jacqueline) BOUDREAUX of Houma, Mrs. Charles (Agatha) SANDERS of New Iberia, LA and brother David John Glynn of Lafayette, LA, grandchildren Travis and Trace Marie Glynn and Scott Easton Price all of Morgan City.

Doris Cecile George LEBLANC died 8 Jan 2008 at age 81. Beloved wife of Clifford J. LeBlanc, Jr. Also survived by children Kathryn RICHARD, David P. LeBlanc and Cindy L. MARTINEZ; son-in law Javier Martinez; brother Danny P. NOTO; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren and aunt Cecile SANCHEZ GRAFF and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Enola Sanchez GEORGE MELANCON and Henry W. George; son Kenneth G. LeBlanc; grandson Richard HORRIGAN; brother Henry D. George; stepfather Joseph Melancon; and sister-in-law Ruby KOEHLER. Resident of New Orleans, LA and native of Baton Rouge, LA. Interment at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, New Orleans, LA.

Clifford Joseph LEBLANC, Jr. age 82. Beloved husband of the late Doris George Leblanc. Survived by children Kathryn L. RICHARD, David P. LeBlanc and Cindy L. Martinez; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, nephew Paul D. Koehler, grandnephew Todd D. Koehler and grandniece Janel C. Koehler; brother-in-law Danny P. Noto; and several cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Agnes Duet LeBlanc and Clifford Joseph LeBlanc; son Kenneth G. LeBlanc; grandson Richard Horrigan; sister Ruby L. Koehler, and brother-in-law Henry D. George. A native of New Orleans, LA and resident of Metairie, LA. U.S. Navy World War II Veteran former owner of Handy Radio and Television Shop in New Orleans, LA and an IBEW Local #130 electrician since 1947. Interment in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, New Orleans, LA.

Cecile Josephine Sanchez GRAFF, of Metairie, LA died 22 May 2008, at age 83. She was born 27 Sep 1924 in Donaldsonville, LA to Nicholas and Cecile (ALLEMAN) Sanchez. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank A. Graff, Sr.; son, John N. Graff; sisters: Julia S. Melancon, Noemie S. HAYNES, Antonine S. MONTECINO, Enola S. George Melancon, Marie S. MELAZZO, Lucille S. TRIDICO, and Jane S. BONADONA; brother Nicholas A. Sanchez, Jr. Her son, Frank A. Graff, Jr: two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren survive her. Entombment in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, New Orleans, LA. (Maternal grandaunt of Kathryn Richard)

Henry D. GEORGE, Jr., 83, died 20 Sep 2007. Born 8 March 1924. A resident of Paincourtville, LA. Burial in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery in Paincourtville, LA. He is survived by his wife of 63 yrs, Tillie CAMPO George; two sons, Wendell George and Kevin George; daughter Marlene George; brother Danny Noto; sister Doris George LeBlanc; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Carrie BROUSSARD; parents, Henry W. George and Enola Sanchez Melancon; son Henry D. George, Jr. He was a retired auto body and paint repairman from Barbera Chevrolet in Thibodaux, LA and a World War II veteran. (Maternal uncle of Kathryn Richard)

When our erudite president, Phil CHAUVIN Jr. was working on his article for the quarterly – “Recollections of a 98 Year Old Man” – he came across two brothers, but he could not determine the identity of their parents. The brothers are 1) Cleophas (sometimes spelled Clofa) LEE [Tomb Stone listing Clofa P. born 2 Dec 1887, d. 28 Oct 1929] husband of Jennie ARCENEAUX, daughter of Henry ARCENEAUX & Victoria BOUDREAUX and 2) Paul Thomas LEE [Tomb Stone listing b. 21 Nov 1883, d. 16 Jun 1956], m. 10 Jul 1910 [South Louisiana Vital Family Records] Theodosia (Theodise) ADAMS, b. 8 May 1872, d.24 Sep 1965 d/o Theodore ADAMS & Delphine MALBROUGH [both bur. St. Patrick Cem., Gibson, LA]. If you have any information about their parents, would you please contact Phil through the society’s address, above, or email him: pchaujr at cajun.net


TGS has books on sale as follows:
Cemeteries of Houma                   $15.00
SL Additions & Corrections        $15.00
Book of Charts, vol. 2                  $15.00
Houma Newspaper Deaths Some Missing Years Hard bound - $10.00 Soft bound - $8.00
Lafourche Comet Births, Marriages, Deaths 1926-1937   $15.00
Lafourche Comet Births, Marriages, Deaths 1938-1949    $15.00
Plus postage $3.00 for first book then $1.00 for each additional book.           
No Discount. These prices have already been discounted.
Are there any genealogy or history books that you cannot find in the library and you would like to have them here? Get the title, author, publisher and price, if available, and where it can be purchased to Wanda Moore. Contact info is at the top of the newsletter.

Mr. Lee USIE is looking to purchase 3 books. They are The Acadian Exiles in St. Malo, Volumes I and II and Acadians in Exile. If anyone knows where he can get these books, contact Jess BERGERON at (985) 876-2348 or email at jessndot at bellsouth.net

Father Hebert’s Southwest Louisiana Records books are being reprinted. Order online at http://www.claitors.com or by calling 800-274-1403 or 225-344-0476.

The board members of Terrebonne Genealogical Society (TGS) thought you would like to know the value of your donations to the Terrebonne Parish Library (TPL) over the years since February of 1983, the first year we existed as a society. That first year, we donated $354.05 total of: Research Materials Purchased, Our Books (published by TGS) donated, and the value of our Quarterlies Exchange Program (where we send our quarterlies to other societies and they reciprocate by sending their publications to us). Since that year our donations have varied in amount and value, not exceeding $12,000.00 for any one year, and not going below $860.00, with the exception of that first year. Do you want to know the total? $70,485.92 over the whole twenty-five years. Amazing, don’t you think?

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

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