Terrebonne Genealogical Society
TGS Newsletter
February 1998

Vol. 16 No. 11 January, 1998        Visit our home page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~laterreb/tgs.htm

Newsletter Editor Ed Hicks, 5306 Hwy.. 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033
E-mail: edgarhicks@worldnet.att.net                 Phone: (504) 532-3586

Membership and/or address changes:
Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

NEXT MEETING Saturday, February 28, 1998

North Branch Library, Gray, LA 10:00 a.m.

It was good seeing everybody who was at the January meeting, and we keep growing, folks. Now, if we can just get you to pay your dues for THIS year -- 1998-- before we have to stop sending this newsletter to you. Check the mailing label above. Does it have a little 1997 on it? That was LAST year, you know. So your dues for this year are not paid, and this is your last newsletter. When you get your Winter, 1997 quarterly, that will be your last Terrebonne Life Lines, too. Please remember to send the NEW amount: $25 for an individual, $30 for a family or contributing member, $22 for libraries and $250 for a lifetime membership. At the meeting Audrey told us that the quarterly was printed; see the notice below. Weíd like to see you there, too, if you can make it.


On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p. m. at the North Branch Library, we will gather and put the quarterly together.

P - L - E - A - S - E HELP! Daniel Guidry was at the meeting and asked for help in planning the Guidry reunion for the CMA in 1999. We just realized that 1999 is next year. Can you believe it? Daniel did not say which area needed the most help, but Iím sure if you contact him he will put your expertise to good use. You can write him at 104 Marie Dr., Houma, LA 70364, or phone (504)851-6544. If you have e-mail, he is at DCGuidry @aol.com.

Aubrey LeBlanc said he needed help in locating information on Jesse DeHart (Iím not sure of the spelling) who was born in 1830, and who married Margaret Radcliff in 1849. He said that he was trying to help someone who contacted him on the internet, which he does often. This is the first time he has been stuck.

Dorotha Horvath, chairperson for the Election Committee, gave a report on the nominees for election at the February meeting. They are as follows: President, Phil Chauvin, Jr.; Vice-President, Edgar Hicks; Treasurer, Nancy Wright; Corresponding Secretary, Jess Bergeron, Jr.; and Recording Secretary, Sheila Rodrigue. Board Members nominated were: Essie Cavalier, Louis Duet, Lou Ostheimer and Wade Usé.

We all need to thank those who have donated toward the Security System now in place at the entrance of the North Branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library. Funds are used for the actual gate, and for supplies, such as the tags that are placed in each volume of genealogy that is kept in the library for everyoneís use and does not circulate. The following persons have sent in donations since the last newsletter was published: Brice Bernard, Dorothy & Jess Bergeron, Marceline & Essie Cavalier, Louis Duet, Larry Dupre, Marlene & Hodges Folse, Gloria & Ed Hicks, Don Hill, Dorotha Horvath, Godfrey Olivier, Cecilia Richard, Sheila Rodrigue, and Jackie Thibodeaux.


A big "Thank You" to all who enclosed a note with their dues check. Audrey Ann Autin of Des Allemands, LA, says she enjoys reading the newsletter and quarterlies and she has found information on her family which she did not have before. Enola Dupre Ponville of Houma says she misses being able to go to our meetings, but maybe this year will find her in better health. Barbara Catching of Texas City, TX, says she enjoys receiving news from the Society, and with a little luck will be able to attend the April meeting. Good! Weíll be looking forward to seeing you. Jacqueline Davis of Fairfield, CA, says thanks for all the help, and the society is doing a great job. We all pitch in, donít we, folks?


You may want to send charter member Ruth Bergeron a get-well card. We got word that she had a stroke and was in ICU at that time. She is at P.O.Box 95, Thibodaux, LA 70302-0095. Mrs. Amy Miller DuBois of Morgan City, LA, says she is housebound and unable to attend the meetings for several reasons, including her health. She is suffering from myasthenia gravis. But she sends her congratulations to all who contribute time and effort to make TGS what it is today.


Sidney Peter DuBois, 95, father-in-law of member Amy Miller DuBois (see above) died Friday, 5 December 1997 in Morgan City, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Barrios DuBois, and his parents, Emile and Laura Molaison DuBois. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald J. "Jerry" and Amy M. DuBois of Morgan City, a brother, a sister, a grandson and two great-grandsons, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Longtime member Mrs. Alice Roddy (Terry) Lirette of Houma lost her father-in-law on Saturday, 24 January 1998. Mr. Wilton Lirette, Sr., was 76 years old, and is survived by his wife, Louella Chauvin Lirette, two sons, Terry and Wilton, Jr., and two daughters, Jerrydine Lirette Pellegrin and Rosalind Lirette Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert, Sr., and Ida Mae Boudreaux Lirette, two grandchildren, two half-brothers and one half-sister. Besides his children, he is survived by three brothers, one half-brother, three sisters, ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all of his family.


Maybe you saw this, but there was an interesting article on the Orphan Trains which carried some 200,000 orphans from the New York City area to the rural areas for adoption into farm families. Included in the article, besides the heart-rending stories, is the address to write for more information. It is ORPHAN TRAIN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 614 East Emma Ave., #115, Springdale, AR 72764-4634. If you would like to read the article, it appeared in Family Circle magazine dated 17 February, 1998. You may be able to find copies still on the grocery store racks.

Interest in the Congrès Mondial Acadien (CMA) which is scheduled for the first two weeks of August, 1999, is picking up. Families are organizing, committees are being formed, and letters are being sent out. NOW is the time to get involved. Iíll let you in on a little secret. You donít have to be descended from an Acadian to get put to work. I found out, personally. So, go ahead and put your shoulder to the wheel and help. It is going to take a lot of us doing a little part of the whole thing to get this off the ground (Are we mixing metaphors, or what?)

From Eddie Richard, Family Reunion Co-ordinator, CMA 1999, comes notice of a workshop dedicated to Genealogy at Scott City Hall in Scott, LA (445 Lions Club Road) on 7 March 1998 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. He states "ALL FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS (CURRENTLY ORGANIZED,AS WELL AS THOSE BEING ORGANIZED) SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP."

The first newsletter of the Landry Family Association, Inc., has arrived. It is subtitled "Les Landry díici et la-bas." They meet regularly every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette City Hall on the corner of University and St. Landry. All Landrys, Landry relatives, and anyone interested in the Landry family are not only welcome but encouraged to attend. Several addresses are given. On the internet, www.landryfamily.com, or write historian Don Landry at 2717 Massachusetts Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003, phone (504)469-2555 or e-mail Jim Landry at landry@kricket.com. You may write the association at Landry Family Association, Inc., P.O.Box 92202, Lafayette, LA 70509.


The Houston Genealogical Forum has announced their Spring Seminar to be held on Saturday, 25 April 1998 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 2900 Braeswood, Houston. Featured will be Sandra Hagreaves Luebking, noted author, instructor, and national lecturer. The topics sound good: Trial & Tribulations (How to locate those persons who lived "on the fringe" of mainstream society), Less Mess, Part I (The Great Paper Chase) and Part II (Entries & Sources) and Research in Illinois (Records, methods and essential addresses for the Land of Lincoln). We did not get information on individual registration prices (what we got was an invitation to send a display of our publications) but you can get a registration blank by writing HGF Spring Seminar, P.O. Box 271466, Houston, TX 77277-1466. The only phone number given was for the Exhibitor Coordinator, Leslie J. Martin, but he may be able to help you:(713)861-8230.

If you are in the neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday, the 3rd and 4th of April, 1998, you may want to make plans to attend the annual spring conference of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society. Their schedule of events takes up a whole page, so I canít even summarize it here, but if you will send me a SASE (thatís a self-addressed stamped envelope, for you beginners) I will be glad to send you a copy of the beautiful slick-paper brochure. They sent plenty. Or you can write to TVGS, PO Box 1568, Huntsville, Alabama 35807-0567. Better hurry, they will charge you a late fee if your registration fee is postmarked after March 1, 1998.


Member Art Reid, 1177 Bollinger road, Littlestown, PA 17340-9145, is looking for a copy of the 1850 Assumption Parish Census book. You may call him at (717)359-5411 or e-mail areid@sun-link.com. He says he has the 1860 and 1870 books, but he thinks the 1850 will help even more.

If anyone has books that are no longer helpful and would like to offer them to the society, please contact Jess Bergeron at the society address on page 1.


Deadline: March 1, 1998

Individual: $25.00

Family: $30.00

Contributing: $30.00

Libraries: $22.00

Lifetime: $250.00

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