TGS Newsletter
Vol. 28 No. 3 May 2009
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at bellsouth.net
      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, 1:00 P.M., MAY 30, 2009 
                           MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY, 151 LIBRARY DRIVE,  HOUMA, LA 70360

THE MAY MEETING WILL BE UPSTAIRS IN THE GENEALOGY ROOM. We hope you will join us there. The last time we had to have our meeting upstairs was in October 2008 and we had a very informative meeting. We hope this meeting will be the same. It’s wonderful to have a meeting surrounded by a vast number of genealogy books within arms reach.

How do you like oral history stories? As you may have notice our quarterly has been publishing some of the oral history tapes from the library. We were fortunate enough to hear a tiny piece of one of the tapes that President Phil Chauvin, Jr. played at our last meeting. Just think about it, the voice of possibly one of your ancestors. To hear some of the things they did, how they lived and how they played. There is a list of all the tapes at the library and we also put one in our Fall 2008 quarterly. What a treasure to pass down from one generation to the next. Think about doing an oral history tape of one of your living elders, before it is to late.


The Society received a beautiful letter and certificate of appreciation from Darryl H. Eschete, MLIS of the Terrebonne Parish Library. He expressed his thanks at the work done in digitizing and transcribing their oral history tapes. He states that to pay someone to do the work would entail a grant too large to mention and immense help to this library and his department.  KUDOS to Ed Hicks and all volunteers who are transcribing such as Phil Chauvin, Jr. and Blanche Brown and all others.


The Lafourche Heritage Seminar will be on August 8, 2009. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Envie in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They are coming out with a new book, Lafourche Country III, which they are hoping to have ready for the seminar. If you are a member of the Lafourche Heritage Society you will receive a registration form in the mail. We will have more information in our next newsletter.

The 13th Annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference is Thursday – Saturday, July 16, 17, 18, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas. There will be all sessions as well as ‘choose-your-mix’ sessions. Lunches and Friday dinner will be included. Syllabus provided. Their website is http://www.angelina.edu/genealogy.htm or email treviawbeverly@comcast.net .

Step back in time to life at Pointee Coupee/Punta Cortada….3rd Annual Foundations of Community Series Forum, Saturday May 30, 2009, 9am – 6 pm at Julien Poydras Center, 500 W. Main Street, New Roads, Louisiana. History in English & Creole, Genealogy, Creole lunch, local authors, Provincial Press, & a Colonial Family reception. Prepaid registration assures seating - $25.00 + $10.00 for reception. For more information – (970) 988-1890 or director@creolewest.com . Creole West Productions 1521 Hillside Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA.


Aurelien Sydney CHIASSON, grandfather of member Calvin “Buddy” GAUTIER, died April 19, 2009. He was 90 years old, born September 7, 1918. He was born in Choupic and was a long time resident of Thibodaux. He is survived by his wife Mildred CROCHET CHIASSON, sons Floyd, Norris, Lloyd, Richard, Michael and James; daughters Betty THIBODAUX, Mona SACCO, Agnes GAUTHIER and Angela GEORGE; 40 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ella MALBROUGH CHIASSON; daughter Doris CHIASSON SACCO; grandsons Ryan and Kenny CHIASSON; brothers Harry, Rene, Nealy and Joseph; sisters Elia BENOIT THIBODAUX, Hilda CHIASSON and Lorita BABIN. He was the son of Emile CHIASSON and Marie TROSCLAIR and the grandson of Onezippe CHIASSON and Celeste ADAMS.


Yes, we do have a book committee!! Patty Whitney is in charge of the book committee. If you were looking for a book at the Terrebonne Parish Library Genealogy Department and were unable to find it contact Patty by email at pattywhitney@hotmail,com with the title of the book along with the author and publisher and it would be helpful if you know where to purchase and the price of the book.


Do you know the society’s cemetery walkers, Essie and Marcie Cavalier? Well, they have done it again! They have published a new book, Assumption Parish Marriages, 1826 – 1876, Courthouse Marriages and Missing Years. This is the fifth in a series of books recorded from the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville, Louisiana. Essie and Marcie are lifetime members of the Terrebonne Parish Genealogical Society and have dedicated many endless hours to their books. Essie and Marcie have recorded many cemeteries. The Society has many of these cemeteries either in book form or in the “TERREBONNE LIFE LINES”. Thank you Essie and Marcie for all that you do and everything that you have done. WELL DONE. Regular price will be $30.00, add $3 postage for the first book and $1 per book for each additional book. BUY IT NOW!!! You may miss your chance for a copy if you wait. See attached order form.


Chris Tidwell is looking for the Comet Death Books for the years of 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, & 1990. If you are interested in selling yours, contact her at chrti at Austin.rr.com.

Wanda Moore is looking for South LA Records by Rev. Hebert, Volumes 8 to 12. If you are interested in selling yours, contact her at wmoore1048@aol.com .


The back issues of the Terrebonne Life Lines, 1984 to 2002 minus the 1987 issues have been sold.


If have moved send your new address to Jess Bergeron at jessndot@bellsouth.net or mail to P O Box 20295 Houma, LA 70360-0295. There will be an extra postage fee for all returned mail, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Publication announcement!!!


1826 – 1876

Volume 5

This is the fifth volume in the series by Essie Joseph Cavalier and Marceline Landry Cavalier. Many hours of research has been put into this book, checking and verifying the civil marriages, marriage bonds, licenses, and marriage application of Assumption Parish for the period of 1826 through 1876.  Names are arranged in alphabetical order and all information in the record is included. 208 pages.

Regular price will be $30.00.

Add $3 postage for the first book and $1 per book for each additional book.
Limited number has been printed.


The other books in this series are
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1918 – 1926, Vol. I, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1906 – 1917, Vol. II, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1890 – 1905, Vol. III, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1877 – 1889, Vol. IV, $30.00

Mail to:     Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 20295
Houma, LA 70360






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