TGS Newsletter
Vol. 27 No. 8 October 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, October 25, 2008        Main Branch Library, Houma, LA            1:00 p.m.

A New Beginning

As you see all the devastation of these last two hurricanes, some have to start all over again. It’s like growing pains and if it didn’t kill us, it will only make us stronger. We are a strong and faithful people. Some are giving up, and moving out. How sad! We have so much heritage, here in Terrebonne parish. Let our name speak for itself, “Good Earth”. It is a shame that our federal government does not see this. To those who choose to move on, try to leave a legacy behind, for us, who are staying. Most of us did not work on any genealogy, we have been too busy trying to pick up debris and clean up. Hey did you see the “Baa-Ban” pump that Phil brought to the meeting? One of our local people, Mr. Joseph Allie BABIN invented and made this pump many years ago. These pumps are still being used today. Audrey WESTERMAN evacuated to Florida and will not be coming back. She has resigned, as our quarterly editor, instead of waiting till the end of the year, as she had planned. She has been in and out of the hospital a few times, since she evacuated. There will not be shoes, big enough, to fill her place. We will miss you Audrey, THANK YOU for time, energy and dedication you have given us.


As many of you, that have been a member, for quite a while, know that we do not have a meeting in the month of November. In December we have a BIG social gathering. Very little business is conducted, just a lot of socializing and door prizes. We usually have many door prizes to give away as we ask each member to bring a couple. Did I mention FOOD?  Oh, my mouth is already watering and my taste buds are popping. Bring your favorite dish or dessert to share with everyone there. I just can’t wait. I hope you can make it.  So, drop everything you have planned and come join us. Note: We plan to distribute the Fall Quarterly at this meeting.


Did anyone take the tour to Nova Scotia? This was the tour Mr. Lee USIE spoke of at the July meeting. The tour was Sep. 17 to Sep. 30, 2008. If you did and would like to share it with us, contact one of the board members to set up the time to speak at one of our meetings. Jess and Wanda’s email and phone numbers are on this newsletter.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) invites you to join the thirtieth annual research tour to Salt Lake City, November 2 - 9, 2008. Participants will enjoy a week of intensive research at the Family History Library (FHL). The program includes an orientation to FHL, computer tutorials for accessing the library card catalog, personalized research consultations, special topical lectures, and group dining events. NEHGS staff members and visiting consultants will be available to assist you one-on-one in your research.


Henry Jacob FORREST, 90, a native of Johnston, S.C., and resident of Thibodaux, died of heart failure Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. Burial in St John’s Episcopal Cemetery in Thibodaux. He is survived by two sons, H. Miles FORREST and wife Christine, of Houma, and G. Martin FORREST and wife, Denise, of Baton Rouge: one brother, Williams Rhodes FORREST of Murrells Inlet, S.C; two grandchildren, Christian Miles FORREST and wife, Suzanne, of Birmingham, AL, and Rae Katherine FORREST BAKER and husband, J. Payne BAKER Jr. of Birmingham; one great-grandchild, Ethan Miles FORREST of Birmingham; and three step-grandchildren, Dustin LOVELESS and Bradley LOVELESS of Baton Rouge and Jamie LOVELESS EVERSOLE and husband, Brent of Las Vegas, NV.  He was proceeded in death by his wife, Ruby Edna MILES; his parents, Guy Ernest FORREST Sr. and Leta Elvira CARSON; his stepmother, Evelyn RHODES; one brother, Guy Ernest FORREST; and two sisters, Josephine Carolyn POND and Rae Elizabeth KIBLER. He worked for the Sun Oil Co. 40 years and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Thibodaux.

Fay WALKER LOUQUE, 70, native of Norco, LA resident of Destrehan, died of congestive heart failure, Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan. Survivors include her husband, Warren LOUQUE; two daughters, Kim Marie LOUQUE and Hollie LOUQUE ERIKSEN; two sisters, Catherine WALKER DUFRESNE of Norco and Diane WALKER JOHNSON of Cumming, GA; and two grandchildren. She was a St. Charles Parish librarian for 21 years.  She founded the German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society in 1979. She taught community education classes in genealogy and did research on the Destrehan family for whom the St. Charles Parish community is named. Her encyclopedic knowledge of River Parishes history unveiled the past of a generation of residents. She remained passionate about the historical book project, which was launched in anticipation of St. Charles Parish’s 200th anniversary in 2007 and is near completion.  She shared her love of history with anyone who asked.

Adam A. BABIN, 80, a native of Raceland and resident of Thibodaux, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou AMEDEE SCARDINO BABIN; three daughters, Diane CHAMPAGNE and husband, Michael, of Franklin, Sheila HEBERT and husband, Robert, and Vickie B. CANCIENNE; one stepson, Frank SCARDINO and wife, Mandy, of Lafayette; one sister, Verna B. RODMAN of New Jersey; eight grandchildren, Kirk, Kory and Kody CHAMPAGNE, Kristie C. BOUDREAUX, Nancy and Scott HEBERT, Kati CANCIENNE and Sofia SCARDINO; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Mabel GRABERT BABIN; three brothers, Wilkerson Sr., Lucien “Joe” Jr. and Abner; and one sister, Eve B. HEBERT. He was an honorary member of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department VCH Fire Company and a past president, member of IAC and a past president, member of YMBA, former member of the Lafourche Parish Democratic Executive Committee and a past president of the Raceland Lions Club. He was a retired employee of the Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and going to the camp with his buddies. He will be loved and missed by everyone whose lives he touched. He donated his body to science.


Genealogy on a budget – For the complete article text visit <http://gentod.com/genweekly.mv?cd=1528>.  Online death indexes and records visit: http;//www.deathindexes.com.


Is there a book you have looked for in the library, but it’s not there. Well, if you know the publisher, author, and title of the book and where it can be purchased and price if available.  Just email the information to Patty at pattywhitney at hotmail.com. Patty is now in charge of the book committee. She will forward the information to Judy in the genealogy department. Judy will place the order for the books you would like to have for the library‘s genealogy department.  She will also take any donations of family history books or any other books on genealogy.

Want to go paperless?
In an effort to conserve on paper, we would like to offer you the newsletter by email monthly. If you are interested, send an email to: wmoore1048 at aol.com.

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